Zhou Family Band China

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Zhou Family Band
An exuberant and extroverted take on an ancient folk music tradition.

This wedding and funeral band hail from the vast Huang-Huai-Hai plain in Eastern China where the Zhou family can trace back its lineage playing secular and religious music for six centuries.

While Western listeners may tend to associate funeral and temple music with a solemn sound, in the hands of the Zhou Family Band nothing could be further from the truth. Led by the loud and high-pitched traditional Chinese horn known as the suona, the band offer an exuberant and extroverted take on an ancient folk music tradition that ranges from the heart-breaking and ritualised to the crazy and chaotic, but which is always intoxicating.