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A Bu: Live At Beijing Poly Theater

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Beijing's Poly Theater has held over three-thousand international artistic events since its opening in 1991. The prestigious fifteen-hundred seat cultural hub was the site of a 2018 solo piano concert by Dai Liang (aka, A Bu), possibly the best unknown pianist in music. A prodigy who began playing at four, the pianist was discovered in 2012 by the President of China's division of the electronics/media giant Sennheiser. Only thirteen at the time, he was then connected with a Grammy- winning ...

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A Bu: Butterflies Fly in Pairs

Read "Butterflies Fly in Pairs" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Dai Liang (aka, A Bu) is a Beijing-based prodigy with remarkable potential and virtuosic piano skills. Marc Vincent, President of China's division of Sennheiser took note of the then thirteen year old pianist performing at a Beijing festival in 2012. A Bu, who began playing at the age of four, quickly found himself matched up with Grammy-winning engineer, Jakob Haendel to produce his first album, 88 Tones of Black and White (Sennheiser Media, 2015). Covering the likes of John Coltrane, ...

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A Bu Trio: 88 Tones of Black and White

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China is rarely thought of as a geographic source of jazz from the perspective of westerners, partly due to a less than robust presence of the genre and partly because the country remains closed off in many respects. In the past ten years or so, only a handful of “jazz" recordings have come out of the more open environment of Hong Kong. That music would be more accurately classified as pop or “Cantopop" (Cantonese popular music) as Chinese music critics ...


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