Nowadays when we think or talk about musicians, we will tend to refer to pop music or rock music or heavy metal music. But with more than 5000 years of history, I may be wrong but definitely not too far off if I say one of the oldest musicians has to be the Chinese.
古琴, 琵琶, 二胡, 二弦, 笛子, 簫, 唢呐, 锣, 大鼓
In the photo, I believe the man is playing a 阮, a moon-shape lute.
“It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He’s aware of where he is and what he’s doing, but his mind is on the playing of the instrument with an internal sense of righteous – it is not merely mechanical, it is not only spiritual; it is something of both, on a different plane and a more remote one.” Arnold Palmer