L’Ensemble offers a quartet featuring
erhu, flute, guitar and bass and a quintet
featuring erhu, flute, guitar, bass and saxophone (or cello). This
instrumental combination offers an interesting fusion of Occidental and
Oriental musical cultures.
Originating more than 1000 years ago, the erhu is a
traditional Chinese, bowed, stringed instrument. It is is composed of a
relatively small, resonating wooden body covered on one end with snake
skin and two strings tuned a perfect fifth apart. It is one of the
traditional orchestral instruments used to accompany the music of
Chinese Opera. During the 20th century the musical possibilities in
terms of context, style and repertoire for the erhu were greatly
expanded and that expansion continues today.