May 12, 1977 |
|Occupation(s)||Composer, musician, singer|
|Labels||Forrest Hill Records|
Wu Fei (Chinese: 吴非; pinyin: :Wú Fēi, b. May 12, 1977) is a composer, performer, and improviser from Beijing, China. She mainly performs on the ancient Chinese zither called guzheng, and also sings and plays the piano.
Wu Fei was born in Beijing. She studied composition at the China Conservatory of Music and Mills College in the United States. She has appeared on Fred Frith's albums Eye to Ear II and Eye to Ear III, as well as his soundtrack for the PBS documentary film Thirst and his record, The Happy End Problem.
In Fall 2007, Wu Fei's debut solo record "A Distant Youth" was released on Forrest Hill Records. The records also features Fred Frith (guitar), Carla Kihlstedt (violin), and Helge Andres Norbakken (percussion).
In October 2008, Wu Fei released a CD entitled "YUAN-缘" produced by John Zorn for Tzadik Records of her chamber compositions to be released in fall 2008. One major piece "She Huo-社火" featured on this new record was premiered at the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing) with Percussions Claviers de Lyon in Spring 2007. In 2008, she relocated to New York City.
In October 2009, a music DVD "Shan Qi" was released (Ozella Music, Germany), filmed in the Italian Alps and highlighting Wu Fei and several outstanding European musicians, including Guo Yue, Giovanni Amighetti (also producer), Guido Ponzini, and Helge A. Norbakken.
- Yuan – November 2008, Tzadik Records (US)
- A Distant Youth – September 2007, Forrest Hill Records (Italy)
As guest musician
- Fred Frith: Clearing Customs – February 2011, Intakt Records (Switzerland), a project under Germany's SWR "New Jazz Metting"
- Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge – January 11, 2011, Rounder Records (US)
- Fred Frith: Eye to Ear III – November 2010, Tzadik Records (US)
- Various artists: Shan Qi (DVD) – November 2009, Ozella Music (Germany)
- Fred Frith: The Happy End Problem – December 2006
- Fred Frith: Eye to Ear II – 2004, Tzadik Records (US)