The Bio in the WOMEX book states: “Completing his studies [in China] he chose to go to France  where he found shelter with the seminary Fathers at Issy-Les-Moulineaux. He shared their austere life for nearly four years, learning the value of patience and silence, a silence only broken by the sound of his jew’s harp, which he was allowed to practice in the chapel.”

This video was taken during a WOMEX daycase at the Forum in Copenhagen. Usually these daycases take place in discreet rooms, away from the hustle and bustle of the trade fair. But the Forum’s layout did not allow for that, and so the daycases were performed in the mezzanine overlooking the trade fair with only heavy curtains creating the performance space. This was both good and bad: People in the trade fair could hear what they were missing, and decide to go upstairs and see it, but the sound that traveled form the trade fair into the performance area could be distracting. It was therefor up to the artist to create an intimate ambiance. When I entered the area to see Wang Li’s show, he already had the audience in thrall. It is an amazing thing when an artist can stand on a stage alone, with only an instrument, and draw an audience into his sphere.

Wang Li’s music was not only meditative. As he plays it, the metal jew’s harp’s tonalities are startlingly modern, and at times it reminded me of electronica. Samplers take note!

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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.