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Centuries Old Yunnan Orchestra Find New Sounds with a Frenchman – That’s Tianjin

After coming to China for the first time in the year 2000, the French musician Djang San has cultivated quite the following with his brand of ‘folk rock.’ It blends elements of traditional Chinese music with his own personal influences of rock and electro. His pioneering electrical use of Chinese instruments, like pipa, guzheng and zhongruan, made the man from Bordeaux a unique addition to Beijing’s underground scene, and now, more than 60 releases and countless projects later, he’s getting thrust into a new challenge.

The 41-year-old recently relocated from the capital to Kunming, Yunnan province, some 2,500 kilometers away, in 2021. In April of this year, he was offered a rare opportunity from the French Consulate in Chengdu to collaborate with the Dayan Naxi Orchestra of Lijiang (also in Yunnan). 

“I wasn’t sure what to think about it in the beginning,” Djang tells That’s. “I had heard about the orchestra…

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