Content by tag "Sizhukong"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map

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Most jazz festival directors would agree that survival is the name of the game in the first years. Unless a festival has the financial backing of a major sponsor it can be a knife edge existence attempting to rustle up private sponsorship and the kind of good will that is required in abundance to meet the ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Death, Rebirth & New Revolution

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The death knell has often been sounded for jazz and many would argue that the last revolution in jazz took place as the '60s handed the baton to the '70s, with the electronic-influenced jazz typified by trumpeter Miles Davis' ground breaking albums In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Many believe that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Yuwen Peng: Putting a Spin on Sizhukong

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Yuwen Peng doesn't like resting on her laurels. The pianist, composer and founder of Taiwanese sextet Sizhukong had already taken a bold step in integrating Western instruments, African music and jazz harmonies with traditional Taiwanese and Chinese folk songs on Sizhukong's self-titled debut recording in 2007. The follow-up to that, Paper Eagle (Sizhukong Records, 2009), followed ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sizhukong: Spin

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Sizhukong

Spin

Sony Music

2012

Taiwanese band Sizhukong has come a long way in five years since its debut recording, Sizhukong (Sizhukong Music, 2007). Blending jazz idioms with traditional Taiwanese/Chinese folk music, that record announced the arrival of a unique Asian ensemble, whose exciting, highly lyrical playing sounded not just newly minted, ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Chinese Jazz Fusioners Sizhukong Interviewed at AAJ...And More!

Chinese Jazz Fusioners Sizhukong Interviewed at AAJ...And More!

It is something of a paradox that the western world knows so relatively little about modern China, even as the awakening giant's influence in the world is increasing. With something like 10 million people migrating every year to China's cities, it seems inevitable that old musical traditions will find new voices once merged with influences such ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sizhukong: Paper Eagle

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Jazz's first century has thrown up few examples of Chinese folk music which has found new voice in this idiom. Buck Clayton, in collaboration with Li Jinhui, spent two years in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, adapting Chinese folk music to ballroom jazz, but nothing was recorded. Jazz's second century should see a change in this situation, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sizhukong: It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Oon

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It is something of a paradox that the western world knows so relatively little about modern China, even as the awakening giant's influence in the world is increasing. Who knows exactly what music is fermenting in its endless metropolises and among its multitude of ethnicities? Who knows what musical experiments and innovations are exciting passions and ...