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JIA PENG FANG (Chinese name:贾鹏芳 Traditional Chinese name:l賈鵬芳) was born in the year 1958 in the town Jams in the Helong Jiang Province of China, and got his first Erhu at the age of eight in 1965 - the year that marked the start of the Cultural Revolution. Jams, a town about thirty hours by train from Beijing, situated close to the Russian border, was not excluded from the ravages wrought by the Cultural Revolution. In fact, how Jia chanced upon the Erhu was through his enlistment into the Maoist Propaganda Corp.

When he was sixteen, he was helped by his brother to travel to Beijing to study with professional Erhu players. At that time in China, people were not permitted to move their registers, and it was not possible for someone in the village to simply move into the city. From the ages of sixteen to eighteen, Jia could not get his food rations but made himself a small enclosure, about a meter big on his aunt's veranda and devoted himself to practicing his Erhu day in and day out. He was determined to become a professional Erhu player. In time, he became good enough to play the sub for the teacher he was studying under. But on the date of the exam for enlisting in the Navy Song and Dance Band, the great Karasan Earthquake struck and the exam was canceled, destroying Jia's hope of joining. About half a year later, as a part of the Cultural Revolution Policy, he was forced back to his homeland Jams to labor on the farmland.

After the Cultural Revolution blew over and the country settled down, a letter reached him. It was from Jia's former teacher advising him to enter the music academy. After going back to Beijing, he was chosen from among over five hundred applicants to enter the Central Music Academy誷 Folk Music Department. An examiner at the examination, a concert master of the China Central Folk music Orchestra, strongly suggested that Jia should try out for their orchestra. He arranged for Jia誷 registry in the city and made sure he would be paid for his living expenses. Suddenly Jia found himself starting a life of a professional Erhu player.

Jia busied himself rediscovering the traditional arts, which had been denied by the Cultural Revolution, as he continued his enlightening performances as an Erhu soloist and then a sub concertmaster of the orchestra. Then in 1988, to seek new possibilities for his music, he left for Japan with just a suitcase in one hand and his Erhu in the other.

He took on many kinds of part time work until his first break came, through meeting with the musician Katsuhisa Hattori. Hattori fell in love with Jia's talent and the tones of the Erhu and invited him to take part in his album productions and concert activities, thereby expanding Jia's world of musical activities. Jia entered around this time in the Master of Arts Degree Program in Music at the Tokyo University of Arts.

In 1997, his brilliant co-performance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York solidified his position in the world of music. Also in June of 1998, he made his debut album "RIVER" with the Pacific Moon label, which blended Western music with the Chinese folk instrument. The high quality of the work won him a high acclaim in Japan and abroad, as well as proving to be a commercial success.

In 1999, the concept was further developed in the Pacific Moon album "RAINBOW." It proved to be even more successful than the first album, both in Japan and abroad. The third album from Pacific Moon, "FARAWAY…", was released in January of 2001. This "Best Album" contains a selection from the first three albums, and also the recording of the co-performance with the pianist Naoyuki Onda, live from the studio of the American national FM program "Echoes."

Presently, Jia is teaching how to play the Erhu to over a hundred students as he continues to work in the genres of jazz, classics, making movie sound tracks, conducting live stage performances, recording and pursuing the unending potentials of his music.

Pacific Moon Records 和平之月 (Chapter One):
  01. Shichahai In The Morning 什刹海之晨
  02. Mirage Of The Fall 梦迹沙河
  03. River 河
  04. Silent Moon 宁月
  05. Reflection Of The Lake 杏林湖畔
  06. A Smiling Moon 月牙五更
  07. Maya 麻耶
  08. Breath Of Night 松花晚风
  09. Moonlight Night 月夜
  10. For Tomorrow’s Children 明天的孩子

虹 Rainbow (Chapter Ttwo):
  01. Rainbow 虹
  02. Light Dance 流光
  03. Memory Of Childhood 童年回忆
  04. In The Garden 游园
  05. Night Of Beijing 北京之夜
  06. Dawn 晨曦
  07. Riverside 河畔
  08. Homeward 归途
  09. Sweet Dreams 甜梦
  10. Deep Blue 深蓝
  11. In Silence 寂静
  12. End Of The Rainbow 虹桥的尽头

遥 Faraway (Chapter three in 2002)
  01. Firefly 萤
  02. Sirius 天狼星
  03. A Water Lily 睡莲
  04. Back To Tokyo 回到东京
  05. Er Quan Ying Yue 二泉映月
  06. Snow Line 山雪
  07. The Wind Of Liudao 柳岛之风
  08. A Ditty From Henan 河南小曲
  09. Nostalgia 怀乡曲
  10. Pure 清秋
  11. Our Home 我们的家

翔 Sho
  01. Birdsong 空山鸟语
  02. Distant Thunder 远雷
  03. Tomorrow 明日
  04. Exotic Garden 东方花园
  05. A Road In Early Spring 阳春小径
  06. Ryoshu 旅愁
  07. Yang Guan San Die 阳关三叠
  08. Daybreak 晓
  09. Air Mail 远方的书信
  10. Reunion 再会
  11. Shu Ying Po Suo 树影婆娑

月光 Moonlight (in 2006)
   01. Winter River ふゆのかわ 冬之河
  02. Moonlight げっこう 月光
  03. Furusato ふるさと 郷
  04. Tango Of Asia タンゴ オブ エイジア
  05. Forever とわに 永远に
  06. Mai Kyoku まいきょく 舞曲
  07. What A Beautiful World てんちそうそう 天地苍々
  08. Ripples さざ波
  09. Cherry Blossoms さくら 桜
  10. Summer Of Jiamusi ジャムスの夏

浪漫 Roman
  01. Musashi 武藏
  02. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso 新天堂乐园
  03. Tema d’Amore 爱的主题曲
  04. Deborah’s Theme 丁不拉风的挽歌
  05. Romance 浪漫
  06. Playing Love 高奏爱情
  07. Toto E Alfredo 托托与埃费多
  08. Malena 玛莲娜
  09. Melancholy 悲壮史歌
  10. Musashi (Reprise) 武藏

休日 Holiday  
  1. 谁も寝てはならぬ (Nessun Dorma)
  2. ひまわり
  3. Smile
  4. My Favorite Things
  5. 枯叶
  6. A Stranger In Paradise

明天 tomorrow ( in 2008 )
  01. 黎明(れいめい) DAYBREAK
  02. 黄昏の诗(たそがれのうた) DUSK
  03. 上海之夜(シャンハイナイト) SHANGHAI NIGHT
  04. 明天(ミンテェン) TOMORROW
  05. サマーダンス SUMMER DANCE
  06. 远い记忆(とおいきおく) MEMORIES
  07. 潮风に吹かれて(しおかぜにふかれて) BAYSIDE
  08. エレジー ELEGY
  09. 天马(ペガサス) PEGASUS
  10. 绊(きずな) BOND

http://www.jia-pengfang.com/english (English)
http://jiapengfang.idlife.net/ (正體中文)
http://www.jia-pengfang.com/ (日本語)
http://weibo.com/jiapengfang (简体中文)(@浪漫二胡贾鹏芳)

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