For years, banjo girl Abigail Washburn, singer/songwriter Kai Welch and Chinese singer/guzheng master Wu Fei thought about collaborating on something together. When Wu Fei was in the US, the three started combining American country tunes, traditional Chinese influences and their wild ideas. They called themselves Wu-Force, and presented their work in Beijing in the summer of last year. Washburn is currently on her“Silk Road” tour, but she’ll be making a stop in Beijing this weekend, where we’ll get a chance to witness the newest creations from Wu-Force. We recently asked Wu Fei to give us a hint of what to expect.
What are you listening to now?
Mostly folk music from all around the world. Most of them are not professional musicians, some are just some street performers. The recordings are very old, too. I got these from friends who are doing music research. They are from everywhere: east Europe, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Java Island, etc. Very precious.