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BAMBOO FLUTE (DIZI)

BAMBOO FLUTE (DIZI)

The Dizi, also known as the Chinese bamboo flute, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument that dates back to the Zhou Dynasty over 2,000 years ago. It is a key instrument in Chinese folk music, classical music, and is often featured in Chinese opera and modern orchestral compositions. The Dizi is made primarily from bamboo, which is widely regarded for its natural beauty and the ethereal sounds it produces, though in contemporary times, materials like wood, metal, and even plastic are also used to cater to diverse musical needs and preferences.

The structure of the Dizi is relatively simple but ingenious, featuring a cylindrical body with six finger holes and one membrane hole situated between the mouthpiece and the finger holes. The membrane hole, or "mo kong," is covered with a thin membrane of reed (traditionally derived from the inner skin of bamboo cells) which vibrates when the Dizi is played. This unique feature gives the Dizi its characteristic bright, resonant sound with a slight buzz, distinct from other woodwind instruments.

The Dizi is played by blowing across the mouthpiece and covering different combinations of finger holes to produce various pitches. Its music can convey a wide range of emotions, from joy and brightness to melancholy and introspection, making it a versatile instrument in expressing the nuances of Chinese musical aesthetics. The instrument comes in various sizes and pitches, allowing for a wide range of musical expression and compatibility in various ensemble settings.

Culturally, the Dizi is more than just a musical instrument; it embodies the Chinese philosophical ideals of harmony between humans and nature. Its music is often inspired by natural landscapes and phenomena, seeking to capture the essence of the natural world's beauty and tranquility. Moreover, the Dizi's accessibility and relatively simple learning curve have made it popular among music enthusiasts and professionals alike, ensuring its place as a cherished instrument in both traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

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JIAYI CHEN

Learn Bamboo flute with famous Dizi player Qiuming Dong.

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QIUMING DONG

A renowned flutist who graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he once worked with the Shanghai Film Orchestra. He has received awards for his performances at the Shanghai Youth Rally competition and the 13th Spring of Shanghai Music Festival. In 1988, he released his solo flute album titled "The Full Moon of My Hometown." In 1990, he moved to Australia and joined the "Australian Chinese Musicians Group." During his time in Australia, he continued to perform and teach. In 1993, he served as a judge for the National Music Competition in Singapore. Between 2022 and 2023, he participated in performances with the Melbourne Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Melbourne Teaching Orchestra.

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