In conjunction with the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble are in residence at the Getty to create pop-up musical performances inspired by the art and replica caves on view.

In this video filmed inside replica Cave 275, Haruka Fujii plays percussion (gong) and recalls a composition written by Maki Ishii for her mother, Mutsuko Fujii, and inspired by the composer’s trip to Dunhuang. Wu Man plays the Chinese pipa while reflecting on the animated spirit figures in the cave.

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Haruka Fujii: I am a percussionist. When I say percussionist, I play anything I can hit, including western percussion instruments to world instruments that don’t use any sticks to any object—paper, water. There is an amazing composer from Japan, a contemporary music composer, Maki Ishii. He w...

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