Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Olympics are coming. Time for some Chinese culture.

From The New Yorker:

Few citizens of China stand to benefit more from this summer’s Beijing Olympics than classical pianist Lang Lang. Lang Lang will be a ubiquitous Olympic presence. Bookstores will feature his new autobiography, “Journey of a Thousand Miles,” along with his best-selling album, “Dragon Songs.” Theatres will later screen “Lang Lang’s Song for 2008,” an adoring documentary. In the realm of high culture, he is China’s first crossover star.

Here's Lang Lang performing at Carnegie Hall with his father, Lang Guoren, who plays a two-stringed Chinese instrument called an erhu. I love the sound of it.

Here's Lang Lang playing Chopin's "Black Key" étude with an orange.

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