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Ethnic Minority Music Of Southern China - Various


The fifth Sublime Frequencies volume in Laurent Jeanneau's amazing
documentation of vanishing indigenous music of the rural Asian
frontiers, this CD focuses on ethnic minority groups of Southern China.
Presented here are 17 tracks of supremely infectious vocals and
folkloric instrumentals played on a wide variety of local traditional
instruments. The centerpiece of this collection is the 13-minute "Do
Djui Atsei" (track 5), an absolutely epic male and female group choral
vocal piece which is improvised as a song of intimate personal emotions
that brings tears to the performers as they are singing together.
Jeanneau has spent many years traversing the hills and valleys of
Southeast Asia and China, and he has captured a dizzying array of folk
music, much of which has never been documented before. He is perhaps the
most committed and accomplished procurer of rare and threatened music
from the region and seems more focused than ever as he states in his
liner notes for this release: "In China, by the end of the 1950s, 400
ethnic groups registered to be counted in the census. There might be 300
remaining groups nowadays. I was facing an incredible amount of
potential musicians. Now after six years spent in Yunnan, Sichuan, and
Guizhou provinces, I have recorded 55 CDs of raw stuff. This Sublime
Frequencies product is a compilation from those CDs, displaying the
diversity I was able to find between 2006 and 2012, and I'm not
finished." This disc comes with a 16-page booklet of detailed notes and
photographs of the musicians by Laurent Jeanneau.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 April, 2013.

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