Artist: Yunxuan “Angel” Zhu
Title: Pipa’s Whisper
Artist Bio and Instrument Description
Angel is an 8th grader in the CBG program at SwiftCreek Middle School in Chesterfield county. She entered NJHS (National Junior Honors Society) with her high GPA, and her all rounded performance. She was elected as Vice President for the branch at her school in the year 2022. Outside of school, she polishes her dance technique with YuDanceArts and PacificArtsTroupe, performs at cultural events with her dance teams to promote Asian cultural arts in her community. She has been progressing her horseback riding training with James River Equestrian Center, focusing on good horsemanship rather than riding techniques. Pi Pa is her new passion from recent years inspired from her Asian roots and her interest overall for Ancient arts and culture.
Inspired by the single plucking tones of the pipa from the Pingtan art form frequently performed in the southern tea house, this composition was published in Hai Lin's music album “Images of Pipa '' in 2003. The simple yet touching melody soon became the icon of modern Chinese instrumental pop, and was used as the movie soundtrack for “Letter from an Unknown Woman.” It demonstrates Pipa's lyrical playing style, like lovers' whispers hummed into an ear.