World Music Institute presents: Wu Man

World Music Institute presents: Wu Man

Highly renowned Wu Man is widely regarded as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso. She brings her lute-like and ancient instrument to life not only through traditional Chinese music forms, but also through various cross-cultural collaborations – including with Kronos Quartet and as a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing only 13 years old, where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa. Wu Man has dedicated her life to preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions, and making it relevant on a global scale in the 21st century. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing her to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders.

She was the first Chinese traditional musician to receive The United States Artist Fellowship in 2008, she was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, marking the first time this prestigious award has been bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument, and she is the first artist from China to perform at the White House. Wu Man has made over 40 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Sing Me Home with the Silk Road Ensemble

She has lived in the U.S since 1990, and currently resides in California.

On March 17, Wu Man and the amazing Huayin Shadow Puppet Band plays New York Society for Ethical Culture, presented by World Music Institute (WMI).


World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States since forming in 1985, and they have presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents.

It is with great pride that TIDAL announces a closer partnership with WMI, and for each of their forthcoming concerts you will find custom-made playlists from the diverse array of global artists who are performing in their program of concerts across New York City, including John Zorn, Abdullah Ibrahim, a week of Mali music in April including Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Trio Da Kali, and Fatoumata Diawara, and many more. See the full program here.

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