Wu Man

Real Name:
吴蛮
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Wu Man (1963, Hangzhou, Zhejiang) is a Chinese pipa and ruan player and composer. She is an exponent of the Pudong School of pipa playing.

Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where her instructors included Lin Shicheng, Kuang Yuzhong, Chen Zemin, and Liu Dehai. She became the first recipient of a master's degree in pipa and won the first prize in the 1989 National Music Performance Competition.

Although educated in China, Wu came to the United States in 1990 at the age of 25. She lived in Boston for many years and now lives in San Diego, California with her husband and son.

Wu performs with Chinese traditional music groups but is also known for her interpretation of contemporary compositions, as well as her work in jazz and cross-cultural music. Many composers (including Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bun-Ching Lam, Evan Ziporyn, among others) have composed new works for her.

Wu has performed and recorded with the Kronos Quartet, Henry Threadgill, Liu Sola, Martin Simpson, and Yo-Yo Ma's The Silk Road Ensemble.
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Wu Man Discography Tracks

Albums

NI 5368 Wu Man - Chinese Music For The Pipa album art Wu Man Chinese Music For The Pipa(CD, Album) Nimbus Records NI 5368 US 1993 Sell This Version
Wu Man - Music For The Motherless Child album art Martin Simpson, Wu Man Martin Simpson, Wu Man - Music For The Motherless Child (Album) Water Lily Acoustics US 1996 Sell This Version
Avan 046 Wu Man - China Collage album art Sola* & Wu Man Sola* & Wu Man - China Collage(CD, Album) Avant Avan 046 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
79445-2 Wu Man - Ghost Opera album art Kronos Quartet, Wu Man - Tan Dun Kronos Quartet, Wu Man - Tan Dun - Ghost Opera(CD, Album) Nonesuch 79445-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
ALSO-007 Wu Man - Spring Snowfall album art Wu Man, Liu Sola Wu Man, Liu Sola - Spring Snowfall(CD, Album) Also Production Inc. ALSO-007 US 2000 Sell This Version
sbr0026 Wu Man - Aki No Yugure (Autumn Dusk) album art Yoshio Kurahashi With Wu Man Yoshio Kurahashi With Wu Man - Aki No Yugure (Autumn Dusk)(CD, Album) Sparkling Beatnik Records sbr0026 US 2001 Sell This Version
BIS-CD-1138, CD-1138 Wu Man - Silent Temple album art Bright Sheng - Shanghai Quartet, Bright Sheng, Wu Man Bright Sheng - Shanghai Quartet, Bright Sheng, Wu Man - Silent Temple(CD) BIS, BIS BIS-CD-1138, CD-1138 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
76037-2 Wu Man - Pipa: From A Distance album art Wu Man Pipa: From A Distance(CD, Album) Naxos World 76037-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
mode 140 Wu Man - For Strings album art Lou Harrison / Wu Man, The New Professionals Orchestra, Rebecca Miller Lou Harrison / Wu Man, The New Professionals Orchestra, Rebecca Miller - For Strings(CD, Album) Mode mode 140 US 2004 Sell This Version
AIR0066 Wu Man - Graphic Evidence album art Jason Kao Hwang*, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki + Special Guest Wu Man Jason Kao Hwang*, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki + Special Guest Wu Man - Graphic Evidence(CD) Asian Improv Records AIR0066 US 2006 Sell This Version
Wu Man - The Cusp Of Magic album art Kronos Quartet And Wu Man - Terry Riley Kronos Quartet And Wu Man - Terry Riley - The Cusp Of Magic (Album) Nonesuch US 2008 Sell This Version
CSOR 901 801 Wu Man - Traditions And Transformations - Sound Of Silk Road Chicago album art Chicago Symphony Orchestra*, Silk Road Ensemble*, Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert (2) Chicago Symphony Orchestra*, Silk Road Ensemble*, Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert (2) - Traditions And Transformations - Sound Of Silk Road Chicago(CD, Album) CSO Resound CSOR 901 801 US 2008 Sell This Version
ONYX 4027 Wu Man - Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto • Hayashi: Viola Concerto • Takemitsu: Nostalghia album art Tan Dun, Hayashi*, Takemitsu*, Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Soloists Tan Dun, Hayashi*, Takemitsu*, Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Soloists - Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto • Hayashi: Viola Concerto • Takemitsu: Nostalghia(CD, Album) Onyx Classics ONYX 4027 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
80702-4343-2 Wu Man - Immeasurable Light album art Wu Man Immeasurable Light(CD, Album) Traditional Crossroads 80702-4343-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
SFW CD 40529 Wu Man - Borderlands album art Wu Man And Master Musicians From The Silk Route Wu Man And Master Musicians From The Silk Route - Borderlands(CD + DVD) Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40529 US 2011 Sell This Version

Compilations

NI 7043/4 Wu Man - Chinese Traditional & Contemporary Music For Pipa And Ensemble album art Wu Man Chinese Traditional & Contemporary Music For Pipa And Ensemble(2xCD, Album, Comp) Nimbus Records NI 7043/4 UK 2000 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Wu Man Tiny Desk Concert(File, MP3, 128) National Public Radio none 2011