Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 91: Wu Man, Pipa Ambassador

An instrument that can sound country AND Western – and classical, and Chinese folk, and blue grass…

Dacia Clay and Wu Man
Dacia Clay, Wu Man’s pipa, and Wu Man in the Geary Performance Studio. Photo by Todd Hulslander.

Wu Man, world-renowned pipa player, stopped by the Classroom while she was in Houston to teach all about the French horn. JK! She taught all about the pipa, of course! In this episode, she talks about the pipa’s origins, its repertoire, about how she began playing it, and she plays some sweet tunes to illustrate the instrument’s range.

Music in this episode played live in the Geary Performance Studio by Wu Man.

Audio production by Todd “Totaled Todd” Hulslander with bobblehead bobbling by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio.

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Thumbnail photo by Stephen Kahn, courtesy of the artist.


Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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