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Yuwen Peng

Yuwen Peng is a pianist, composer and the founder of Taiwanese sextet Sizhukong. After graduating in Sociology at the University of Taiwan she moved to Boston to study at Berklee, where she graduated in jazz composition in 2005. With her heightened appreciation for jazz, Peng returned to Taiwan and formed Sizhukong, a fusion of Chinese traditional music and modern sounds, influenced by jazz and African rhythms.

The band’s first album, Sizhukong, was released in 2007, followed by Paper Eagle in 2009. In 2010, Peng began incorporating new sounds in the band’s music by using electric guitar, electric keyboards as well as flirting with electronics. Sony signed up the band, and 2012 saw the release of Sizhukong’s third album, Spin.

Hand In Hand

Label: Feeling Good Records Co.
Released: 2017
Track listing: Rice Paddy at Dawn; Sing if You're Drunk; Mr. Lo Sells His Goose; The Lost Necklace; Hand in Hand; Jasmine; Rain in the Forest; Busy God; Mambo No. 7; The Gleaners.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sizhukong: Hand In Hand

Read "Hand In Hand" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For fans of Taiwanese jazz-folk fusioneers Sizhukong it's been a long wait for the follow-up to Spin (Sony Music, 2012.) The band, formed in 2005 by pianist/composer Yuwen Peng, could never stand accused of rushing its releases but that's not a bad thing when the music produced is of a consistently high quality. In the intervening ...

Spin

Label: Sony Music
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yuwen Peng: Putting a Spin on Sizhukong

Read "Yuwen Peng: Putting a Spin on Sizhukong" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...


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