A Drunk Drunk Fisherman Singing Singing to the Evening - Old Chinese Music Rendered Anew


This is a performance by Zide Qi She (Self-Entertained Zither Group). The music is adapted from a traditional Chinese tune called "A Drunk Fisherman Singing to the Evening" (hence the weird, playful new title "A Drunk Drunk Fisherman Singing Singing to the Evening"). The reworked piece also includes French composer Erik Satie's Gymnopédies No. 1. Rendering traditional Chinese music with a modern twist, that's what this music group does. 

The main instruments employed are Qin and Zheng, which are centrally positioned in the ensemble. These are two different types of Chinese zithers. Qin is said to have originated in China three thousand years ago whereas Zheng has a history of two thousand years. That's why the two instruments are also called Gu Qin and Gu Zheng, gu meaning "ancient."

Qin and Zheng are both zither-like instruments, but the two are also different in a number of ways. Qin is shorter and slender. Measured about 1.2 meter (3'11") in length, Qin has seven strings, and, with the exception of the seven bridges  at the head side of the board, there are no supports beneath the chords all the way to the end of the board. Zheng is a little bigger. About 1.6 meters (5'3") in length, it has more chords too, 21 of them, which are supported with bridges spaced out across the board. Of the two, Zheng is more expressive as a musical instrument. Qin, however, seems to enjoy more respect because it was more ancient by origin. 

The composer and adapter of the piece performed here is Tang Bin and Zhou Yiyang. Percussion, Ye Lijia. Flute, Tu Huabing. Gu Qin, Bai Wuxia. Gu Zheng, Cai Shan. Performer, Yinyi Haonan (the guy who sits there and doesn't do much). Udu drum, Chen Xi.

The costumes are in the style of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).