Chinanews.com, Xi'an, August 7th, title: Modern aesthetic "encounters" ancient sounds and rhymes: "back waves" boost intangible cultural heritage "out of the circle"

  Author Zhang Yichen Yang Yingqi

  Qin Zheng, Ruan, Huanghou, Pipa...Under the white background, a group of young people were sitting in them with ancient musical instruments and dressed in Tang Dynasty costumes.

As they plucked the strings, the mainland singer Tengger bowed his hand and sang in Shaanxi dialect...

  Recently, the music video "Song of Xi'an People" performed by Xi'an drum music has been widely spread on the Internet.

The "tengger ladies" who are like the people in the painting are in the same frame as the "likeness" of Li Bai's Tengger, which has aroused heated discussion among netizens. Xi'an drum music has also entered the "ears" of the public with its unique rhythm.

  “Because Xi’an drum music is represented by the music of the Tang Dynasty, we adopt the costumes and makeup of the Tang Dynasty. From vision to hearing, it reflects the collision and combination of ancient and modern. We hope to show contemporary young people a different ancient style through modern aesthetics. Music type." Bo Hongyu, a guqin player from the orchestra who participated in the performance, said frankly.

  Xi'an drum music began in the Han Dynasty and flourished in the Tang Dynasty. It is one of the most intact large-scale folk instrumental music found and preserved in the Mainland.

It was included in the list of representative works of human intangible cultural heritage in 2009. It retains the artistic traditions of many historical periods since the Tang and Song dynasties, and is therefore called the "living fossil of ancient Chinese music."

  Bo Hongyu believes that Xi'an drum music has a sense of passing through ancient and modern times, and it is this rare experience that has the "gene" of "out of the circle".

"The singer's singing uniquely expresses a kind of Xi'an complex and customs contained in the song, combined with the performance of Xi'an drum music, which is of positive significance for promoting Chinese culture and enhancing the popularity of Xi'an drum music."

  Shaanxi is the birthplace of Chinese culture, and many precious intangible cultural heritage have been bred here.

However, with the development of economy and society, many intangible cultural heritages such as Qinqiang and Xi'an drum music are facing problems such as difficulties in protection and inheritance, low degree of popularization and declining social influence.

In order to protect the cultural symbols of Shaanxi and do a good job in the "live inheritance" of the art of Qin Opera, at the 27th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th People’s Congress of Shaanxi Province in July 2021, the “Regulations on the Inheritance and Development of Art of Qin Opera of Shaanxi Province ( Draft)" is submitted for deliberation.

  In fact, Qin Opera and Huayin Lao Opera have already taken the lead in "out of the circle" on major social platforms.

From singer Tan Weiwei’s fusion of Huayin’s old tunes to the amazing "full network", to the blurry Qinqiang video being "fully covered" by full screen barrage, the tunes that once appeared on the radio of "grandmothers" are no longer sleepy. Limited by the singularity of the audience, on the contrary, with the help of more and more "back waves", "you can sing and I will appear on the stage" on various occasions.

  “I think Xi’an drum music is very mysterious. It’s difficult to get into the state at the beginning. It takes a long time to realize the musical power of it.” said Lu Zhangwei, a 28-year-old percussionist who has been exposed to Xi’an drum music for ten years. More than a year.

"Our orchestra are all young people. We think that we can make some innovations while protecting traditions to attract modern young people and to better pass on drum music."

  The "rock and roll attributes" in Huayin's old tunes, and the "struck people" characteristics in Qin tune dramas... Obviously, the above-mentioned intangible cultural heritage items have undergone a certain amount of "packaging" before young people can taste their "taste".

  "Let young people learn this directly, they can't accept it at all." Qi Xingfeng, the head of the Dongcang Drum Club of Xi'an Datang Furong Garden, said with a smile, "We used to have a rule of not spreading inside but not outside, but we have already broken this rule. In order to better disseminate traditional culture and attract more young people to understand it through innovation, only then can these cultural heritages truly'live'." (End)

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