Twelve Girls Band is the latest musical phenomenon from China. Founded in June 2001, it is an ensemble of twelve beautiful young women, all graduates from elite music academies and veterans of top orchestras in China.
They take 1500 years of Chinese music tradition and make it contemporary. By playing modern arrangements on traditional Chinese instruments, they have created something entirely unique in world music. Having sold millions of records across Asia, Twelve Girls Band emerges as the most successful act on the international stage.
The band's debut album in Japan remained at the top of the charts for 30 weeks. Their live concert there sold out 32 arenas in 10 minutes.Their U.S. debut "Eastern Energy" was released on August 17, 2004, coinciding with their first ever U.S. tour. "Eastern Energy" was ranked #62 on the Billboard Top 200 chart during the first week, marking the highest ranking debut of an Asian artist in the history of the Billboard Top 200. It was also #1 on the World Music chart and #7 on the Internet Sales chart.
Chinese numerology gave Wang Xiaojing the idea for the Twelve Girls Band. When Xiaojing decided he wanted to create a female ensemble, he knew it needed 12 members. Per Chinese mythology it is the twelve jinchai (12 hairpins) representing womanhood. For the new project, the women were inspired by the art of the yuefang, the ensembles who played in the Tang Dynasty courts during the years A.D. 618 to 907.
The group debuted their modern compositions on ancient instruments in China and Japan during the Northern summer of 2003. In Japan their debut album topped the charts for 30 weeks. Their debut album, entitled "Eastern Energy," was released in North America in August 2004 with cover versions of Coldplay's "Clocks" and Enya's "Only Time" included, and a massive television advertising campaign announcing the group's arrival.
Among the instruments used by the women: erhu (Chinese fiddle), pipa (pear-shaped lute), guzheng (zither), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), dizi (transverse flute), and xiao (vertical flute). Occasionally, the duxianqin (single-stringed zither) and hulusi (three-piped gourd flute) are employed.
- Erhu(ofter referred as a "two-string fiddle")
Shangguan Zhennan (上官振楠)、Zhu Zhiqin (朱智琴)、Xu Hui (许慧)、Yang Yang (杨阳)
- Pipa(a four-stringed instrument)
Shi Juan (石娟)、Zhong Bao (仲宝)、Wang Yang (王杨)
- Dizi(a traverse flute)
Chen Xuejiao (陈雪娇)、Liao Binqu (廖彬曲)
- Yangqin(a hammered dulcimer)
Cui Jiayi (崔佳怡)、Ren Jiaqi (任佳琪)
- Guzheng(a plucked zither)
Guo Lu (郭璐)