Lao Qiang opera is one of the hidden gems of Chinese folk music, but is gaining popularity under a different genre; rock and roll.
After debuting at Carnegie Hall in New York City, concert goers dubbed the music “ancient Chinese rock and roll”, due to the loud and erratic sound. Lao Qiang opera is unique in that singers will yell or scream alongside traditional instruments, instead of singing, and the name has piqued more than a few people’s interest abroad. This particular group of performers is scheduled to play in Paris, France next month.
Dang Anhua, director of the Lao Qiang Protection and Development Center, has high hopes for the traditional music: “Lao Qiang opera is representative of the simple lives of the rural Chinese, this art form can give western audiences a greater understanding of traditional Chinese culture.”
By Lauren Holdcroft