Chinatown comes to Columbus Park

Nov 23, 2019, 10:34 AM

A slice of Chinatown, New York, condensed into one small Manhattan park. In this fascinating recording, we can hear first a man playing a Chinese string instrument solo, as he teaches his friend technique on the instrument. Next, we wander around the park where there are tables full of mostly older people playing various board games, betting on the outcomes and discussing the next moves in a very animated manner. Finally, we hear a group of five or six musicians settling down to play some traditional Chinese songs on an array of instruments, including a small vocal amplifier. Recorded by Cities and Memory.