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June 26, 2016

Maybe Mars Rec.  White + (CN,2012)***

White started as a solo project and appeared first during the No Beijing movement when Shouwang, frontman from pop group Carsick Cars, formed the guitar sextet White Ensemble for a performance at the China avant-garde music festival...

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

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

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...

June 25, 2016

Miya Dodu    Cold Fairyland : Seeds On The Ground (CN,2007)****'

If I remember well, Chinese music before recently was not allowed or meant to be exported. And too often certain musical expressions were considered as still being rather provocative by the...

June 25, 2016

Sizhukong   丝竹空爵士乐团 (Sizhukong): 紙鳶 Paper Eagle (TW,2009)****

The first full CD from the band under their own name (see also Yuwen Peng) shows a fully mature all-world fusion with Jazz, Fusion and Chinese music influences, mixed together in a relaxed new style, with exp...

June 25, 2016

Sizhukong  Yuwen Peng : 絲竹空 Sizhukong (TW,2007)****’

"I wanted to make traditional Chinese music dance with modern steps. Accompanied by jazz grooves, here she starts to swing” says Yuwen Peng, composer & Pianist of the band Sizhukong, who are introduced on th...

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