"If one should desire to know a kingdom, the quality of its music will furnish the answer."
(China, 551 BC – 479 BC)
Confucius attached great value to music.
2,500 years later, music is what animates Mey Ling's daily life.
Over the past few days spent with her in Kunming, I have seen her play her instrument the Pipa with grace and teach it with passion.
I found a determined and inspiring woman, rooted in both the past and the present, engaged in practices like calligraphy, traditional music, tea ceremonies... all while being an English speaker, a fan of musical improvisation, and highly connected through her WeChat application!
Could she be a reflection of her own country, China?
In "When Oud meets Pipa" we open a small door, in a rhythm highlighting the contrast between tradition and modernity in China.
Production and credits
Title : Spring River and Flowers In The Moonlight
Pipa: Mey Ling
Music arrangement: Ibantuta
Field recording: Ibantuta
Second camera : Sherine Traboulsi
Main camera & editing : Ibantuta
Video production: Ibantuta
Release year: 2023