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June 26, 2016

KwanJin Rec.  Yan Jun : Music for listening to the Moon (CN,2010)****'

For me, something (an art product, a focus, a recording,..), only becomes truly a creative form when it shows something like an aesthetic value as well. An aesthetic value provides the kind of sonic...

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

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    The Tea Rockers Quintet : Ceremony (CN,2012)****

This recording, which was probably recorded in one track, as a live improvisation, shows the potential of this band of which one part, the improvisation, guides the band like being inspired by ritual, w...

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

Innova Rec.   Jason Kao Hwang / EDGE : Burning Bridge (US/CH,2012)***°

Jason Kao Hwang (born 1957 in Waukegan, Illinois) is a Chinese American violinist and composer who focuses primarily on jazz and improvised music, while showing a particular interest in cross-cu...

June 25, 2016

Leo Rec.   4tet : Different Song (CH/CN,2012)***'

-Yang Jung, Michel Wintsch, Baenz Oester, Norbert Pfammatter-

Pipa (and guqin) player Yang Jin spent 12 years in China’s National Orchestra of Traditional Music, then studied with Japanese composer Minoru Miki....