Liu Fang – Ambush pipa solo

Chinese pipa virtuoso Liu Fang playing a traditional classic, Ambush from All Sides (十面埋伏), during a 2002 show in Canada. Pipa is a four-stringed musical instrument invented some 1800 years ago. Video via Moremusicale@YT

Liu Fang is one of the world’s most prominent pipa player. She’s born in China, but is residing in Canada. She’s performing mainly in western countries these days.

Ambush is about the final battle of General Xiang Yu in 202 BC, in which he was ambushed and defeated by Liu Bang, who later founded the Han Dynasty. The classic is believed to be written during Tang Dynasty (618–907), it’s widely played in Chinese orchestras and has been used as theme song for some movies.

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