by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/15/18, 12:54 pm
Owners of the Arc Music releases on which many of these 19 recordings by 12 different performers or ensembles have previously appeared might take a pass. Newcomers, however, will marvel at how much Oriental folk music has in common, thematically as well as formally, with its Occidental counterparts. The piercingly nasal female vocals that occasionally pop up take some getting used to. But the erhu, the guzheng, the yangqin, the pipa, the Chinese dulcimer, and the drums will focus the attention of folk-fest habitués the world over.