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Talking Music: A Conversation with Wu Man

April 7th, 2016
12:00 PM


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Light lunch served at 11:45 a.m.

A conversation with Wu Man and Elise DeVido, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Duke and Duke Kunshan University in China, about Wu Man's career, her musical influences, and the link between traditional and contemporary Chinese musical performance. Wu man will perform with the Shanghai Quartet in Baldwin Auditorium the following day, Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket info found here.

Made possible, in part, with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. A part of Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances, Forum for Scholars & Publics, and Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke.

Wu Man

Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso, cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World.” Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa. She currently lives in Boston where she was chosen as a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the first artist from China to have performed at the White House with the noted cellist with whom she now performs as part of the Silk Road Project. Wu Man has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, David Zinman, Yuri Bashmet, and Cho-liang Lin. In the orchestral world she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and many others. 

Elise DeVido

Duke University, Duke Kunshan University (China)

Elise Anne DeVido received her doctorate in History and Asian Languages from Harvard University. She lived in Taiwan for a number of years and there she served as Secretary-General of the Taipei Ricci Institute for Chinese Studies, and taught history at National Chengchi University and at National Taiwan Normal University. She has published works on women and gender in Chinese and in Vietnamese Buddhism; on the transnational Buddhist revivals of the early twentieth century; and on Engaged Buddhism. SUNY Press published her book, Taiwan’s Buddhist Nuns, in 2010. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of history at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University in China.