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Meiye Ma 馬梅椰 performs on the pipa, Love for the Lotus Pavilion in Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese garden at The Huntington.
Born in Shanghai, Meiye Ma began studying pipa at the age of 10 to pursue her interest in the Suzhou pingtan 蘇州評弹genre, a storytelling tradition. After studying pipa at the Shanghai Conservatory, she became the principal soloist for the Shanghai Film Orchestra. In Los Angeles, she continues to perform and teach.
The pipa is a four-stringed, plucked instrument with a pear shaped body similar to a lute. It appeared in China as early as the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), although it is believed to have Central Asian origins. The pipa was particularly popular during the Tang dynasty (618-907), a period of dynamic cultural exchange when many Persians lived in the cosmopolitan Chinese capital of Chang’an.
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