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Xuefei Yang, the groundbreaking Chinese-born, London-based guitarist, has recorded her second CD for EMI Classics, entitled 40 Degrees North. Describing the background to this album and the inspiration for its title, Xuefei, known to her English friends as Fei (pronounced Fey), says, "I was born in Beijing, just after the end of the Cultural Revolution a period where western music and instruments were banned. The music of my childhood was the rich heritage of folk music from all regions of China. It is a music I love, but is little known in the West. When I was nine years old, my life changed when I heard a recording that my father made from his radio John Williams playing Spanish music on the classical guitar. The magic of Spanish music touched the heart of a young girl in China, and inspired me to become a professional musician.
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Xuefei Yang. Idiomatic playing in several idioms / St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Xuefei Yang - Live on Classical 101: Columbus
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Xuefei Yang' 'Butterfly Lover's Concerto' on Valentine's Day edition of Fretworks - Classical 101 - Columbus
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Every classical guitarist is a Spaniard, and Beijing born Xuefei Yang is too. 40 Degrees North
Every classical guitarist is a Spaniard, and young Xuefei Yang is, too - despite the fact that she was born in Beijing... I was moved by the musicianship and the very person of this extraordinary young lady. Discover her for yourself." (New York Sun) Xuefei Yang, the groundbreaking Chinese-born, London-based guitarist, has recorded her second CD for EMI Classics, entitled 40 Degrees North. ...