Guqin is called “the instrument of the sages” for good reason. It is China’s oldest string instrument, part of the zither family, dating back thousands of years. Translated literally, guqin means ancient stringed instrument. Carrying on the tradition is Zeng Xiaogang, who will be in Berlin showing the people how it’s done.

XiaogangZeng Xiaogang is a guqin soloist from China who lived for several years in Sweden where he studied world music. In Xiaogang’s words, “My associations on guqin are already much further than just the Chinese classical context, these rhythms are as free as breathing itself.” His understanding of music for guqin he learned from Western music, and extended diverse folk music such as Scandinavian and Arab music. Guqin is his spiritual path that he commits to every day, which he returns to again and again. “Guqin is the teacher and friend of my life.”

Zeng Xiaogang’s Guqin Solo Concert + Special Guests:

Boris Magdalenc: percussionist and Hang Drum player from Slovenia

Dawangggang: Chinese avant-garde music

Kei Minoura: Dancer, Japan


Marcelina Wellmer

Stefan Lingg


Theaterhaus Mitte

Wallstr. 32 (House C), 10179 Berlin


Thursday July 23rd

Doors open: 7pm

Start: 8pm

Admission: 12 €


About Author

Music is the heartbeat of any creative place, pulsing the blood of its people. With a BA in English from Motown Detroit’s Wayne State University, John’s first love is music, but also writes about observations and connections between the two cities. First Berlin Loves You moment was at sunrise one summer morning, right off the bus from Tegel, seeing Berlin blanketed in golden light. Followed directly by techno beats echoing in the distance at Warschauer Strasse, as people from the night before staggered around in search for the next stop.

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