A collaboration between Taiwanese vocalist Li Liu and Canadian guitarist Ben Holt, Song Dynasty has been serenading audiences with their unique sounds since the group’s inception in 2015.
Meeting in Denton, Texas, the duo decided to explore their musical differences and began cultivating a sound all their own.
Liu began her music career while a university student of Chinese literature in Taiwan. She quickly rose to the top of the Taipei jazz scene, winning awards and accolades, eventually becoming one of the most sought-after voices in Taiwan. Seeking new inspiration and a deeper background in jazz, Liu relocated to the United States.
A versatile guitarist based out of Dallas-Fort Worth, Holt was a regular on the jazz, country and pop scenes when he and Liu first met. Liu was intrigued by his jazz guitar sound with rough, “rocky” edges. The two began collaborating immediately.
Their early collaborations consisted of quirky original compositions with lyrics drawn from ancient Chinese poetry and jazz standards, with new lyrics in Mandarin, Haka and Taiwanese.
In 2018 their sound began to evolve as they traveled collaborated with musicians from around the world. They incubated this new sound as they toured Canada, Taiwan, and the United States, playing jazz clubs, music festivals and cultural events. The pair found they could attract both English- and Chinese-speaking audiences with this unique Chinese-influenced jazz.