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Seong-Jin Cho, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Silk Road's Wu Man, on this week's KCRW: Rhythm Planet

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We begin this week's show with the music of three artists with performances in So Cal in the upcoming week. First up, we hear Wu Man, a virtuoso on the Chinese traditional instrument called the pipa. She's brought the 4-stringed instrument onto the world stage, touring with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and other major groups, blending the pipa with Western traditions on the way. Wu is on a 12-city U.S. tour during the month of March and lands at the Huntington Library in San Marino on Monday, March 5 and at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 8. She performs with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, a rural puppetry group previously unknown outside of China that has existed for over 300 years. Band members are comprised of farmers from Shaanxi Province. 

Pianist Seong-Jin Cho has become a favorite of mine ever since I heard his wonderful new Deutsche Grammophon recording Debussy. He performs at the Soka University Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, March 3 (tomorrow!), with two shows to accommodate the demand. The program includes works by Debussy, Chopin, and Beethoven. Click HERE for tickets to the 4 p.m show and HERE for tickets to the 8 p.m.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a young British virtuoso cellist who has been winning hearts and minds wherever he performs. We hear him play the song "Evening of Roses" by Israeli composer Yosef Hardar. The new CD, Inspiration, also features works by Saint-Saëns, Pablo Casals, Shostakovich, as well as covers of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

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