Saturday, March 14, 2009


This great YouTube video marries two distinctly different musical styles. Red Chamber is a quartet of traditional Chinese musicians. Its members play Chinese string instruments. The Jaybirds, on the other hand, are a band of bluegrass all-stars.

It’s tough to imagine a world where these two would meet. But it happened. And they sound great together. These incredibly accomplished musicians play a unique rendition of Katy Hill.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more traditional bluegrass song. But the ancient Chinese instruments fit in perfectly. Who would have guessed?

This was sent to me by a very good friend -- another of my tribe members. She knows I have the Arts of China Gallery to work on very soon and thought I would enjoy this. She was right.Enjoy!


TattingChic said...

OMGosh!!! That is amazingly melodiously sweet! You are right, it does sound good together, odd, but true! :)

Genie Sea said...

WOW! I love this world. I love that such s mesh of beauteous melody is possible!

This video gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing it :)

Anonymous said...

What a delightful blending of cultures! Thanks for sharing!

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carolyn said...

oh my this was fantastic! i was skeptical at first...ancient chinese and bluegrass? come on now!
but it works!!! it sounds so perfect together.

Kate said...

What FUN! Thanks for posting this wonderful video. I love seeing examples of cultural fusion, and this is a great one.

And they all looked like they were thoroughly enjoying the experience.