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Wang Li

Paris, Île-de-France, France | INDIE

Paris, Île-de-France, France | INDIE
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"Wang LI"

ang Li originates from Tsinghao, a harbour on the banks of the Yellow Sea, in North East China. Raised in the strict background of a residential complex of the Chinese People's Liberation army, he followed a higher education while playing string bass in bands influenced by occidental music.
Having completed his studies, he chose to go to France where he found shelter with the seminarist Fathers in St Sulpice at Issy-Les-Moulineaux. He shared their austere life for nearly four years, eventually finding his own path and, consequently, the blooming of his poetic personality. There, he also learnt what patience and silence are worth. Wang Li went onto study jazz at the Paris Conservatory.
Although he is fascinated by the modern improvisational techniques of musicians like Bernard Lubat, he knows his real expression depends on the acceptance of his origins, and draws his inspiration from silence.
Thanks to the free use of a chapel, he soon mastered the jew's harp he brought back from his country, producing splendid sounds. He discovered the infinite nuances a breath can make, as well as a certain position of the tongue or sounds from the throat. In China, he traveled all over the mountains to find the few musicians who play the Jew's harp and began to collect the instruments.
After self-producing his first album in 2005, Wang Li now released a new album with a French label, Cinq Planètes /L'Autre distribution. - Womad


Label 5 Planetes




Wang Li

" He is in high happiness. He plays huang and he leads me to travel. How glad we are!
jun zi yangyang in Shi Jing . wang feng 500 beforeJC Chine

The Chinese Jews Harp Kouxian or Kou-Huan, is named Huang (reed) in the ancient time. In Shi Jing, the first collection of three hundred poems dated 500 B.C., the Huang has been descried as a popular musical instrument. The Huang was played with the other instruments such as Sheng and Yu. The first document in writing of Huang appeared in the Dictionary (Shi Min- Explanation of Definition) dated in the second century. In this dictionary, the document described how to the play Huang and how to make Huang. After the 14th Century, this musical instrument disappeared from the geographic and cultural center part of China. However, Huang was continually played and celebrated by Chinese minorities in the remote areas. Beyond a musical instrument, for some people, Huang has become a media to convey the language to communicate. For example, in some area, the young girl plays Kou Xian to express amour to her lover.
The jews harp is one of the most ancient musical instruments in the world. It was celebrated in the different cultures and traditions, which demonstrates the magical essence of this simple object.

Wang Li comes from Tsinghao, a port from the banks of the Yellow Sea, North East China.
Raised in the strict environment of a residential complex of the Chinese People's Army, he followed graduate studies while playing bass in orchestras.
After he chose exile to France where it is hosted by fathers seminarians of St. Sulpice in Issy-Les-Moulineaux. For nearly 4 years, he shared their austere life. It finds its own way to develop his poetic personality.
There he discovers the value of learning patience and silence.

The compositions of Wang Li are generally inspired by his own experience: memories of childhood and his family, his life. He has fond memories of nursery rhymes and counting songs, whose simple rhythms he still appreciates.