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Published: Oct 21, 2005
Modified: Oct 22, 2005 7:31 AM
The Twelve Girls Band

This ensemble, which actually often includes 13 women, combines jazz, classical and world music with traditional Chinese instruments.

Members play these traditional Chinese instruments:

ERHU a two-string instrument that can achieve a more melancholic register than a violin.

GUZHENG a zitherlike instrument that the artist plays like a horizontal harp.

PIPA a four-string pear-shaped lute.

YANG QIN a squared off hammered dulcimer.

DIZI and XIAO bamboo flutes.

The group's first album release in America last year marked the highest debut, at No. 62, in Billboard history by an Asian recording artist, a band Web site said. The current monthlong tour promotes their second American release, called "Romantic Energy" or "Dun Huang," in Chinese, after renowned Buddhist grottoes in China.

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