Zhou Haiyan, 55, is the fifth generation of Bo Lin Suona in Yinji town, Lingbi County, Anhui province. Since childhood, she has been a well-known "suona swallow". She began to learn suona at the age of 6 and led a class at the age of 9.
"Apart from playing the suona, we gather herbs and pull weeds from various fields. If you don't 'go to work' at home, my grandson will follow me."
All kinds of Musical Instruments, suona is king, either ascension to heaven, or worship. Zhou Haiyan said that "on the work", is to blow the red and white wedding to the home of the fellow villagers. From the beginning of the independent class, there are decades of time, she has been busy "work", although hard, but happy. In childhood and adolescence, when they were not rich, "on the job" could maintain the stage every day to "blow the trumpet", and "have eight bowls" and "have meat to eat".
"At that time, I was outside 20 days a month, and I even wanted to not go home for a month. I was outside, working one after another."
Borlin Suona, represented by Zhou Jiaban, is the representative of wind and percussion music on the Huaibei Plain. It has been passed down by seven generations for more than one hundred years. Local even spread a saying, "can not find the Zhou Jia class, men do not marry, women do not marry." For a long time, the red and white wedding in the village was Zhou Haiyan's biggest stage, and she was the "star" who attracted the attention of the villagers.
"Before, my God! Where there is a suona, there is a drama, it is almost here surrounded by the wind and rain can not penetrate. Big benches on big benches, standing on big benches." Speaking of the stage once, the fifth brother Zhou Haitao still can not forget the crowd of onlookers at that time. He was a little excited, a little disappointed, a little sorry. "In the past, when we were young, we put two tables of eight fairies and played suona there. If you go out to relieve yourself, when you come back, you have to tell people that I am a suona player, so that I can get in, otherwise you can't get in. In those days, that's how crowded the audience was."
Today, the stage of each class owner of the "Zhou Family class" has changed from the eight immortal table to the stage car, but the popularity is not better than that. On the day of our interview, a child in a neighboring village was admitted to college, and the parents held a banquet for two days, inviting Zhou Haiyan and her brother to "work". On stage, Zhou Haiyan is performing hard; In the audience, there was no one.
Zhou Haitao is also a descendant of the Zhou family class. He lived through the heyday with his sister and watched the trade wither away in rural China.
"Only the first day of October, the first day of May, August 15, the Spring Festival... It was a little more busy then, because they all came back from work."
More and more young people are moving to cities to study and work, and those who remain have more entertainment options. After Zhou Haitao and his wife Zhang Xueer got married, they also went to Wenzhou and many places in Northeast China to celebrate their wedding. Until the left-behind children reached the age of enrollment, they had to return to their hometown to do some Lingbi stone business, part-time wedding. Zhou Haitao felt helpless and unable to give up the suona.
"In those years, I felt that playing suona could not support my family. If you think about it, in the present situation, a day is a family affair, a person can earn three or four hundred dollars in a good situation, but only two or three hundred dollars in a bad situation."
In Zhou Haitao's heart, his sister is a folk suona master. In order to let more people hear his sister's suona, he set up a studio in his home in April this year and performs with his sister for netizens every day. When his sister played the suona, he helped accompany her, watched the public screen and chatted with fans.
"She doesn't talk much, and she doesn't talk much in the studio. Sitting next to me, especially when she blows, what her friends say, she does not know, then I will show her at the side, and then communicate with her after blowing, who praises you, who wants to hear what the next song."
On the basis of inheriting the style of Zhou's family, Zhou Haiyan's suona performance gradually developed her own style by combining her experience accumulated in various occasions. For half a year in a row, Zhou Haiyan's live broadcast continued almost every day. She and her brother live for three hours every night. During the broadcast, she rarely spoke, and she played more than 20 songs in a row during each broadcast. From "Birds worship Phoenix", "buried flowers Sing", "Every character tune", to "this worship", "Nine", "Liu Laogen stage opening song", fans want to listen to what, as long as it will, she is one to meet. "King Duan's suona skills and intimate live streaming have won her the love of more than 600,000 fans." Iron fans "we all know that Zhou Haiyan's live broadcast focuses on a real, not only real blowing, but even the beauty effect is not open."
In fact, before the network broadcast room "turning red", Zhou Haiyan has been on the CCTV "Avenue of Stars" and "I want to go to the Spring Festival Gala" such a big stage. This summer, through the Internet "hot search", she rediscovered that feeling. On the first night of our interview with Zhou Haiyan's siblings, they aired live for three hours, and more than 700,000 people entered the studio to watch Zhou play the suona. Thanks to fan tips, they made about 800 yuan that night. Compared with the increasingly rare "work", the income of the broadcast room is more impressive.
Now, when Zhou Haiyan broadcasts live, the whole family is her "help broadcast". Her husband, who did not know music, would help her beat cymbals. Brother and sister Zhang Xueer from the local traditional drama "Sizhou opera" inheritor transformation to do the platform singing anchor, whenever the sister is tired, she will appear and sing a paragraph or two, livening up the atmosphere in the broadcast room.
"Like before, there was no interaction with the audience. Now in the studio, everyone can speak, everyone can speak, and their own ideas can be published in the studio."
The popularity and income brought by the live broadcast gave Zhou Haiyan the motivation to laugh and continue after her head was blown into confusion and her waist ached. Her persistence also gave hope to more folk artists who had originally intended to give up. More importantly, the online broadcast not only gave Zhou Haiyan and her siblings more viewers, but also gave them time and space to heal their hearts with music.
"There are a lot of older people in the broadcast room, and some of their relatives are not around, and they sometimes miss them very much." In my sister's studio, for example, I can't stop Missing the song, sometimes I play sad songs such as Mother and Father, and they will have empathy."
Our interview coincided with the Hungry Ghost Festival. In this live broadcast, Zhou Haiyan's fans ordered a lot of songs related to missing their loved ones. This live broadcast, Zhou Haiyan also blew a lot of fans on the other side of the screen.
Suona was born in the folk, and many people have memories of the native land and family affection. Although there are fewer stages in real life, "Zhou Haiyan" has found a broader stage of their own in the network broadcast room, and continues to write their artistic life in this era full of infinite possibilities.
Yin Jizhen at dusk, Zhou Haiyan and her husband Yin Dechao in their own four acres of square fields do farm work. After the soybean harvest this season, they are busy sowing wheat again. Taking advantage of the warm sun and breeze at dusk, Zhou Haiyan played her favorite suona tune, "Hundred Birds Worship the Phoenix", on the land that was about to harvest. The sun shone on her face, and we seemed to see the "little swallow" who picked a reed and stood on the ridge more than 40 years ago.