Musical instruments similar to the Chinese piba can be found on ancient Persian and Arab paintings and sculptures. Pottery, showing images of musicians riding on camels carrying instruments indicate that travelers brought the instrument along the silk road to China during the Tang dynasty. The piba underwent continuous remodeling during the Ming and Qing dynasties and more recently the 1950s and 60s. Zhang Qiang is the foremost player among the younger generation in China. He draws his repertoire from new arrangements of classical and traditional pieces to more recent compositions which have become standard piba pieces.All are played with the dexterity and skill of a top Chinese traditional player with the finesse and expression of a musician who adds an emotive element to a music and instrument with a rich history. This CD is another fine example and recording of Chinese traditional music from the JVC World Sounds Series.