WINCHESTER — Red Chamber offers aural evidence that appearances can be deceiving. Several of the quartet’s promotional photographs depict four women in traditional Chinese attire. And it’s true that Mei Han, Guilian Liu, Zhimin Yu and Geling Jiang are classically trained in stringed instruments that would be familiar to generations of their ancestors. Yet audiences soon discover Red Chamber presents an array of sounds that span centuries as well as continents. The instruments are the pipa (pear-shaped lute), liuqin (four-stringed mandolin), sanxian (three-stringed lute) and ruan (another form of lute), and they date back to the early 600s. Their subdued …
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