China Seminar | 11 April 2002

A Lecture Demonstration of Chinese Flute Music

Frederick Lau Frederick Lau

A year ago, at the March China Seminar, Professor Frederick Lau spoke on the topic of “Whose Tradition in ‘Traditional Chinese Music’?” For the April 11 China Seminar, Professor Lau has kindly consented to explore Chinese flute music with a talk and demonstration.

Prof. Frederick Lau is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music and a musician trained in both western and Chinese styles. He has published on topics related to Chinese music, performed as a professional flutist and conductor, and conducted fieldwork in the PRC related to the development of traditional instrumental music in the twentieth century. Prof. Lau is currently completing a monograph on the relationship between the development of dizi music and post-1949 politics with a focus on the dynamic between social transformation and musical change. In the last several years he has devoted considerable time to studying Chinese music in the Chinese diaspora, particularly in Southeast Asia and the U.S. Prof. Lau has received grants from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Endowment of the Humanities as well as a prestigious award from the president of the California Polytechnic State University. He is currently associate professor of music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was music co-director of the recent jinju performance of Judge Bao and the Case of Qin Xianglian.