Dressed in red, she rolled up her sleeves under the Eiffel Tower and raised her hand to pluck the strings.
The music of the guzheng flows out slowly, sometimes cheerful, sometimes sad.
Looking inside from the periphery of the crowd, a Chinese girl was there, as if she were not in France, but alone in her own little world—a world with the elegance and tranquility of her fantasy.
She appeared in a corner of the city with a fairy spirit, leaving a heavenly song “See You Again” with a guzheng, and quietly hidden in the sea of people.
Like a “legend”, it quickly became popular at home and abroad.
From Geneva, Switzerland, to Paris, Bordeaux, Provence, France;
4 years, 10 cities, 200 songs… She took the guzheng out of the country and played the voice of China in a foreign land.
Bumper took her guzheng out of the country, and in the land of a foreign land, she played the voice of China.
She also swept the whole network because of this——
It has 168.9w fans on station B, and more than 1000w~
The video of her roadshow in Europe has a total of 160 million views on station B alone!
In February last year, she began to publish works on watermelon videos, and the number of views exceeded 10 million, and the highest was more than 30 million. In just half a year, the cumulative number of views has exceeded 100 million.
The French Higher Education Agency awarded her the title of “Ambassador for Chinese Students Studying Abroad”. In 2019, Zhejiang Satellite TV invited her to perform on the same stage with Lang Lang, and was highly praised by Lang Lang.
Last year, she also appeared on the stage of CCTV, playing the theme song of Journey to the West “Cloud Palace Xunyin” in the CCTV Network Spring Festival Gala.
In February, she was invited to perform at the United Nations World Mother Language Day event. She is not only a professional guzheng player, but also a disseminator and innovator of traditional culture.
She is Peng Jingxuan, screen name “bumper Peng bumper peng”, born in Huaihua, Hunan Province, with a strong music atmosphere at home.
At the end of the nineties, “Huan Zhu Gege” was popular and sought after. The scene of the gentle and beautiful Ziwei playing the piano in the play deeply attracted Peng Jingxuan, making her like this instrument at once.
Peng Jingxuan began learning guzheng at the age of 7.
Before the high school entrance examination, she went to the school she wanted to apply for, Wuhan Conservatory of Music Affiliated Middle School, and stayed in the local area to study. The family believes in Peng Jingxuan very much, there is not too much anxiety, nor too much obstruction and intervention, has been silently supporting and encouraging behind her back, in addition to the guzheng, she also learns to dance, so her temperament to play the piano is better than others, and her waist is very straight. Her first public performance was in the city’s “Three Solitudes” competition, including solo dance, solo performance, and solo singing. She was the first child to perform, when her mother and teacher were not by her side, she ran to the stage alone and sang a song “Gachiu”, and by the time her mother returned, she had finished acting.
At school, Peng Jingxuan is a well-known literary activist and participates in various festivals. For example, the June Day Children’s Day performance, the New Year’s Day performance, and the summer camp literary competition, she did not fall behind.
This parent’s education method has also cultivated Peng Jingxuan’s independent character and ability. Peng Jingxuan, who has been working hard, was also admitted to Wuhan Music High School smoothly during the middle school entrance examination.
In 2010, at the age of 15, she was admitted to the Affiliated Middle School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music with the third highest professional score in China. In September 2017, he graduated from the Chinese Instrumental Music Department of Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
In 2018, she was successfully admitted to the University of Bordeaux III in France, majoring in musicology.
In September 2018, Peng Jingxuan began to post her street performance on Douyin, and named herself “Bumper Peng Bumper Peng”, which attracted the attention of many netizens at home and abroad, and currently has 800W+ fans on Douyin.
In addition to studying, Peng Jingxuan also went to the piano shop as a teacher. In the process of becoming a teacher, she found more and more that if she could only play guzheng, her knowledge reserve would be too thin.
Peng Jingxuan wanted to learn more Western music and composition skills, integrate and complement this knowledge with the guzheng profession, and improve his ability, so he came up with the idea of studying abroad.
Peng Jingxuan’s original plan was to return to China to become a teacher after studying abroad, and in the face of sudden fame, Peng Jingxuan said: “I will not change my goals, this fame may be to let me accept more students!” ”
After graduating from Wuyin’s bachelor’s degree, he studied musicology in France.
French public schools have relatively high language requirements, especially master’s degrees, so when I first came to France, I studied for a long time, and only after obtaining a language certificate did I successfully enter graduate school. At present, he has successfully obtained a master’s degree and studied the harp in the second major.
When I first started reading the master, there must be a lot of language difficulties and some confusion caused by the difference in learning methods, but fortunately, we will all use music to communicate, and slowly get acquainted with classmates.
When performing on the streets of France for the first time, Peng Jingxuan, who is experienced in the performance, will still be nervous. Because I used to perform on the stage, I never played guzheng on the street.
“If no one comes to see, it can be very disappointing.” When Peng Jingxuan plucked the strings on the street for the first time, the sound of the guzheng sounded, and everyone on the street stopped to watch, and she was a little relieved.
Choosing a good song, matching a good Hanfu, carrying a guzheng, and bringing a light stereo are all her equipment.
Suddenly switching from domestic concert halls to foreign street playing, she was apprehensive, fearing that the “high and low” tonality of traditional Chinese music might not resonate with foreign audiences.
But music knows no borders, when the soft “Blue and White Porcelain” and the enthusiastic “Horse Racing” play, the applause is thunderous, the admiration is repeated, some people take out their mobile phones to take pictures, and foreigners say “thank you” with Chinese, and an old grandmother, squeezed a coin from her pocket, staggered over and said: “I hope you pass on this beauty.” ”
Another time she played the theme song of the TV series “Langya List” “Red Face Old” by the sea, an old grandmother sat quietly on the beach and listened, thinking of her friends and family who she had not seen for a long time, and burst into tears.
The grandmother told her that although she could not understand what the lyrics were, she still heard rich emotions from the mournful and moving melody.
French exclaimed and foreigners said in Chinese: “Great! Thank you! ”
An old grandmother squeezed a coin out of her pocket, staggered to bumper and said, “I hope you pass on this beauty~”
So from that day on, the silhouette of bumpers began to linger on the streets of various French cities.
With a guzheng, play the ancient and modern national style.
After the performance, many audiences will take the initiative to ask the name, history and country of the instrument;
Some people are also very curious about the Hanfu on her body, and will ask which dynasty the Hanfu on her body is, Chinese whether she only wears it on holidays.
They will patiently explain to them and teach them the Chinese pronunciation of “guzheng”, and sometimes teach children to play it directly on the spot.
The popularity of the Internet was completely unexpected by Peng Jingxuan. After all, she just wanted to practice her courage on the street. But more attention also gave Peng Jingxuan a chance to introduce more people to guzheng and Chinese music.
On the subway, children often pull Peng Jingxuan to take photos, adults will also curiously ask, she told the other party that the guzheng is a Chinese plucked string instrument, which has a history of more than 2,000 and 500 years, also known as the “oriental piano”. Guzheng had no English translation or French translation, so she patiently taught the other party to pronounce, “guzheng”.
Later, she simply put up a sign during the performance, indicating the writing in Chinese, French, English, and Pinyin.
She also played “Me and My Motherland” on the streets of France with musicians in France, under the Eiffel Tower, to send blessings to the motherland. If faith has a color, it must be Chinese red! No matter where we are, the deep love for the motherland unites us.
The reverberations were endless, and even the passers-by downstairs broke out into applause.
“Every time I receive applause at the end of the performance, a sense of national pride is born in my heart.
I am always proud to tell the audience that this is a guzheng, from China, more than 2,000 years old! ”
Peng Jingxuan did not realize that he had become popular on the Internet: “Maybe it’s because I’m abroad, this matter doesn’t have much impact on me.” ”
A guzheng, a Hanfu, a veiled Chinese girl, moving notes flow from between her dancing fingertips, bringing a different oriental beauty to the streets of the old city full of European style.
Music knows no borders, perhaps filtering out the noise of disturbances, and the world is a harmonious song.
The charm of music is shown to more audiences at home and abroad, the collision of Eastern and Western cultural elements, the fusion of traditional and modern music, and the sound of the koto.
Editor: Shuting Chu
Comprehensive: Cultural Talent Online, Wuyin Youth, Longxin Weekly, Noon Culture, @碰碰彭碰彭