Making Tracks

Barbora Xu

guzheng, kantele, vocals

Making Tracks 2019

Barbora Xu is a Czech musician based in the south-west of Finland. A singer and composer specialising in playing Chinese guzheng, Finnish kantele and other zithers, her music is characterized by the rich, soft sound of these unique instruments mixed with her own distinctive voice. Having previously lived in Taiwan, where she researched Taiwanese indigenous music, Barbora's main focus lies in reviving ancient music and poems from Finland and China (for example a Finnish traditional lullaby arranged for a Chinese zither or kalevala-style Finnish poems for guzheng or kantele). Moving between languages, instruments and folklore, her music revives old connections and seeks out new ones.