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June 26, 2016

Far Out Distant Sounds!   Chui Wan : White Nights (CN,2012)****

When you didn’t hear from something that it would exist yet, that does not mean that it doesn’t. Chui Wan are the first psychedelic band from China that I have heard of, and apparently they are even ve...

June 26, 2016

private   Lindi : The Gossypium Era (CN,rec.2005,mix.2008,pub.2011)****’

I loved the package of this book/CD so I did make an order of it. It had to go over the US, so the customs charged me again 23 euros for this product packed in a huge box with nothing else in...

June 26, 2016

Ent-T   Wu Na : Deform from Within (CN,2012)****'

The instrument played on this album is the gu-qin (or guqin) is an ancient seven-stringed zither, which recalls the basics elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth. 

The player, composer and improviser Wu Na started...

June 26, 2016

Riverboat Rec./World Music  Shanren : Left Foot Dance of the Yi (CN,2013)***°

-and other Chinese folk-rock anthems-

It is difficult to find music from China that is not entirely folk or mainstream but that shows something more creative. First of all there’s a langua...

June 25, 2016

Ubiguity Rec.    Bei Bei He & Shawn Lee : Into The Wind(US,2009)***

Packed as Asian fusion this is in fact more of a good hanging together tasty groove record, where the old koto/zither like guzheng is like being sold out to an easier lounge offering. The...

June 25, 2016

DMR    Appalasia : Pu An (US/HK,2010)****'

Appalasia is a trio that spontaneously by experiment and experience found a common ground between Chinese and Appalachian music. The trio consists of an erhu- or traditional Chinese violin player- a self-taught d...

June 25, 2016

Ozella Music     Shan Qi : Energy of the mountains (CN/I/N,2009)****

Some musicians from Italy, Norway and China found each other in this live music project. The significance of their name Shan Qi, which means mountain energy, is their common inspiration....

June 25, 2016

Innova   -new Chinese Pipa music by- 

Gao Hong : Quiet Forest, Flowing Stream (CN/IND/JAP/US,2010)****

Being a long time master and explorer of the Chinese lute called a pipa, travelling all around the world, Gao Hong has had also a number of opportunities to work w...

June 25, 2016

Moonjune Rec.   Dennis Rea : Views from Chicheng Precipice 

(US/CN,rec.2006-2008,pub.2010)****

Denis Rea was part of the Asian scene during a period when new crossover forms were thoroughly about to become established after some serious considerations (1989-1993), h...