Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Pi Pa Player" by Seong Moy

If you have never listened to some pi pa music being played, here. Similar to the lines in Seong Moy's exquisite print, some of the notes are clear and singular in their direction and presence, while others come in vibrating flocks that sweep across in a lovely, melodic arch, or lightly stampede along like a herd of antelope running through a field. Some notes seem to laugh or cry, and some high pitched notes seem to gently claw at the air like some sort of primal scratching. The music made by this instrument reminds me wild animals, just as this image reminds me of tropical birds or a dancer whipping and waving around colorful scarves. It is alive and on the move.

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