Welcome to BigMouthGirl.net, home of the BigMouthGirl podcast interview series showcasing women in music. In this, the first of our podcasts, you'll hear from composer, erhu and bass guitar player, Yang Ying.

Yang Ying
A student of her father, Ms. Yang Ying began the study of the erhu at the age of five. By thirteen, she was performing solo concerts, and by nineteen she had graduated from the Opera University of Henan, China and had begun performing for the Central Song and Dance Ensemble (Zhong Yang Ge Wu Tuan) in Beijing. At the age of twenty-five, Yang Ying won first place in a national erhu competition, clearly distinguishing herself as one of the foremost erhu players in China.

The former Central Song & Dance Ensemble was the premier traditional musical and dance troupe in China, and from 1978-1996 Ms. Yang Ying was the featured solo instrumentalist. As the featured soloist, Yang Ying routinely traveled throughout Asia performing for Heads of State (including three American Presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter). During her tenure, she also frequently recorded for the film and record industry in China. In 1996, Ms. Yang Ying's accomplishments were recognized by her inclusion in the Chinese government's publication of Famous Persons of China.

Improvisation is an important aspect of traditional Chinese music, and Ying is gifted improvisor who enjoys joining in improvisational sessions of any style of music. She is also interested in a fusion of Western and Eastern music. Ms. Yang Ying was the founder, bass player, and singer for Cobra, the first all female rock band in China. Cobra had achieved international recognition, and was one of seven bands to play at the largest rock concert ever held in China. Ying founded this band soon after Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989, at considerable risk to her position with the Chinese National Song and Dance Ensemble.

For more information about Yang Ying and to purchase her CDs, please visit www.yangying-music.com.

Yang Ying will be performing August 5th and 7th, 2008, on the Acoustic Stage at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival.

See you in August!

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