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While heavy on processed drums, the disc makes for compelling listening. The young women, products of China’s top orchestras, perform with ancient instruments such as the gu zheng (a zither with up to 25 strings), pipa (four-stringed lute) and dizi (bamboo flute). A cover of Coldplay’s “Clocks” is pleasantly twisted, “New Classicism” is a Western classical medley set to a hip-hop beat and “Reel Around the Sun” fuses Celtic and Chinese influences. All reinforce the maxim that music is a universal language.


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