• China's crackdown on Tibetan singers

    16. Sep. 2013, 7:41 von aquilapositiva

    Tibetan singers and writers have always been at the forefront of a vibrant literary and cultural resurgence in Tibet since protests against government policy and in support of the Dalai Lama in 2008. The crackdown against Tibetan culture is just a part of China’s strategy to stop resistance within Tibet. Over the years, China has arrested many Tibetan singers who have sung songs with explicit and subdued political messages, and metaphorical songs for the Tibetan spiritual leader. The prison sentences are consistent with a harsh crackdown against Tibetan artists and writers, which has not prevented more and more Tibetans seeking to express themselves through poetry, blogging, books, painting and song.

    Below is a list of the singers who are currently under arrest for politically charged songs:



    Shawo Tashi has been sentenced to five years in prison following his arbitrary detention in November 2012 in Dowa Township in Rebkong County, Malho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Since his arrest, the whereabouts of Tashi remained unknown to family and friends until his sentence in August 2013. The singer was sentenced for “singing patriotic Tibetan songs; distributing photographs of self-immolation protesters; writing last notes left by self-immolation protesters on these photographs and participating in a peaceful protest march against the alarming official apathy towards rising numbers of self-immolations.” Shawo Tashi is known for his great love and respect for Tibetan culture and language. Since childhood, he has deep interest in traditional Tibetan music; he was especially adept at playing mandolin and dranyen. Among the music albums he has released so far, one titled “Faraway Father,” - a reference to the Dalai Lama - became his most popular music DVD.



    Kelsang Yarpel, was detained on 15 July 2013 in the Tibetan capital Lhasa and taken to a detention centre in Chengdu, Sichuan Province where he remains now. In October and November 2012, Kelsang Yarpel and other famous Tibetan musicians and singers organised a concert called "Snow Flower" during which Kelsang Yarpel sang a song titled Bodpa Tso (Tibetans). The Chinese authorities deemed the lyrics to be “politically subversive”. The DVDs made from the songs performed at the Snow Flower concert were distributed widely in Tibetan areas but a month later, the Chinese authorities enforced a ban on the sale and distribution of the DVD, and confiscated many of them. Kelsang Yarpel comes from Machu County in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. He is married and have three children. He has many musical albums to his credit such as “Modern Tibetans,” “Thunder of the Dragon,” “Yearning of the Snow Mountains for the Dawn,” “Dragon’s Thunder Welcomes the Spring,” and “The Homeland of the Gesar of Ling.” He has participated in many musical concerts organised by both government and private organisations. His popularity among the Tibetan public can be gauged by the fact that Tibetans refer to him as the ‘contemporary Tibet's young nightingale’ and as ‘junior Dhubey’, a popular senior Tibetan singer who has faced similar troubles in the past.






    Soktruk Sherab, an actor and singer was detained on 20 September 2012, in Yulgan County of Malho prefecture, Qinghai Province, on charges of allegedly acting and singing for a political purpose. Last couple of years he sang many songs about the difficult situation in Tibet, including way of life in Tibet and the pride of being Tibetan. Similar to his song, the importance of preserving the Tibetan culture, values of traditional lifestyle, language, and customs have been expressed by his acting careers. Soktruk Sherab has acted in many films, including "Yesterday's Tales", a famous film directed and produced by Dodrak in 2008, "Hope Fortune Tellers". a short film on the 2011 direct election of the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile and he played the main role of "The Mist", a film directed and produced by Banshul Sonam Bhumkyab, became very popular in Tibet. There is no information about his current place of detention or the condition of his health.






    Amchok Phurchung was arrested on 3 August 2012, in Barkham County, center of Ngba province, Amdo region. Prior to his arrest, Amchok Phurchung was on the run from the police. He fled his home and went into hiding following reports that the armed Chinese authorities were after him for allegedly breaking national unity through his music. He released five albums. They all talked about the Tibet issue, life in Tibet and Tibetan national pride. He was thus always taken in for questioning by police and was warned to stop creating such literature. In 2012 he released his latest album “We Are Pressed Down". In the album he praised the Dalai Lama and Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile and highlighting the hardships of life under Beijing’s rule. This was the last straw for the Chinese police, who soon after issued a warrant for his arrest. His family members were never shown the warrant, so they do not know the details of its contents. Amchok Phurchung was born in Amchok Village, Marthang County, Amdo region. He is handicapped with a disabled left hand. He comes from a nomadic family and have six siblings. He is said to have trained himself while grazing yaks and his music is popular amongst the nomads as he expresses their sentiments. Many Tibetans refer to him as "Pride Singer". Samten, one of his friends, described Amchok Phurchung as a very brave individual and very devoted to the Tibetan cause. Further where-abouts and the health condition of the singer remains unclear.






    Choksal was arrested on 29 July 2012, by Chinese police in a cyber cafe in Siling, the capital of Qinghai province. Choksal, a resident of Driru county in the Tibet Automous Region, has been in trouble with authorities before due to the politically-sensitive themes to his songs. His first album titled 'Tibetan Dreams,' contained songs praising the Dalai Lama and speaking with pride of the Tibetan culture. A second album, titled “Brotherly Responsibility” included a song about the Dalai Lama’s presence in India. The Tibetan public liked him because he sang songs about the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, but the Chinese started watching his every move. Chinese security personnel banned him from singing in public and confiscated his albums from Tibetan stores in Lhasa and Driru. Chinese authorities aslo disrupted a DVD screening of Choksal’s fourth album, “Child of Snow,” and fined the owner of the restaurant where the screening was held. Choksal had been preparing to release a new album, “Spirit of Snow,” in cooperation with other Tibetan singers just before he was detained. He has been accused of “inciting separation within nationalities” through his songs. Choksal's family have been unable to get any information of his whereabouts and wellbeing since his arrest.





    Chakdor (standing in the middle in gold-colored shirt), Pema Thinley (in maroon shirt on right) and musician Khenrap (on left in black shirt)

    Pema Thinley and Chakdor, two singers from Meuruma in Ngaba County have been arrested in July 2012 for their album "The Unbearable Pain of an Open Wound" and were detained for six months without trial. In February 2013 they were sentenced to two years imprisonment. Despite confirmed information about their sentencing, it is still unknown where they are imprisoned. Sources said family members of both singers were notified by local authorities through a letter stating that Pema Thinley and Chakdor were being imprisoned at Mianyang Prison in Sichuan Province. However, family members and relatives of the singers travelled to Mianyang at least two times but were turned away by prison officials who claimed that the two singers are not in that prison. Furthermore, two other Tibetans who collaborated with the sentenced singers on the music album have also gone missing. The whereabouts and wellbeing of musician Khenrap and lyricist Nyagdompo remain unknown. The album that led to their detention and imprisonment contains songs about current situation in Tibet including self-immolation protests, as well as songs in praise of the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, Kirti Rinpoche (exiled head of the Kirti monastery) and Lobsang Sangay.








    Lolo has been detained by the Chinese authorities in Yulshul county, Qinghai Province, on April 19, 2012, after he released an album titled “Raise the Flag of Tibet, Sons of the Snow”. He dedicated the album to Tibet, calling for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to his homeland, solidarity with those Tibetans who self-immolated for their country and reunification of the Tibetan people. Lolo also dedicated the album to the Tibetans' struggle, called on Tibetans to keep the continuity of our sovereign tribes, loyalty to Tibet and the struggle for independence. His songs were posted online, so Tibetans could hear his message without the risk of possessing the album. Lolo comes from Dhomdha town in Yulshul county and is currently 30 year-old. He had no known links to protests or other activism. On 23 February 2013, Lolo was sentenced to six years in prison. On the same day, Lobsang Jinpa, who wrote the lyrics of most Lolo's songs was sentenced to five years in prison. According to Tibetan sources, Lobsang Jinpa was also tortured.






    Ugyen Tenzin, was detained on February 2012 soon after the release of his album titled, “An Unending Flow of My Heart’s Blood”. Ugyen Tenzin is from Sugma in Nangchen county in Yulshul prefecture. On the album, he had dedicated some songs to the Dalai Lama as well as the third highest ranking Buddhist leader the Karmapa, and Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Ugyen Tenzin also said in the DVD that he is doing this for the religious and political cause of Tibet; he was discussing the Tibet issue and Tibetan identity. In one song on the album, the singer alludes to Tibetan independence and repression: “The unity of the three provinces of Tibet, that is what I have repressed in my heart for 50 years and what I am now going to share through songs, until I breathe my last,” he says. Before the release of the album, other Tibetans were worried about the album’s consequences and advised Ugyen Tenzin against distributing it. People learned from the police sources that he was so severely tortured under detention that his body and faculties are disabled. He was recovering from surgery prior to his detention and the torture made it worse. On March 2012 Ugyen Tenzin was sentenced to two years in prison. None of his relatives or friends are allowed to reach him. The man responsible for distribution of the album was also sentenced to two years in prison, the police is still looking for the lyricist.


  • GRAMMY-Nominee ARUN SHENOY Makes History as the First Singaporean nominated for a…

    3. Jan. 2013, 15:53 von musicdish

    Earlier this month, Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (ASMP), Singapore, announced a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Singaporean artist, producer and composer, Arun Shenoy, and his album titled Rumbadoodle in the Best Pop Intrumental Album field. Soonafter, the artist was surprised with a second honor, as the local media confirmed he was the first Singaporean ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award.

    Shenoy released Rumbadoodle, a Flamenco-flavoured instrumental album and accompanying video, in August 2012. Throughout the large scale production process that was recorded across the globe, he shared the project’s progress from afar with industry contacts around the world, which garnered critical acclaim for his work, and eventually landed him in company with fellow Pop Instrumental nominees Chris Botti, Larry Carlton, Dave Koz and Gerald Albright & Norman Brown.

    The album is a labor of love, Shenoy says, recorded over several years from Spain to Pakistan, from the UK to Canada, India to LA and New York, and of course in Singapore. Combining elements of the traditional Gypsy Rumba Flamenco with a myriad of popular music forms across the aesthetics of pop, rock and jazz, Shenoy describes the record as an exploratory journey, doodling across genre boundaries as we know it today, creating a unique and true masterpiece along the way.

    "I am delighted that Rumbadoodle has been embraced by the music community and recognized at this pinnacle of excellence. I am humbled by this recognition for my work,” says Arun Shenoy soonafter the results were announced.

    Shenoy is one of three Indian-born artists to be nominated this year, joining Anoushka Shankar and her recently-deceased father, Ravi Shankar, who were both nominated in the Best World Music Album category. Shenoy recently paid homage to the elder Shankar in several media outlets, stating, "To say Pandit Ravi Shankar is merely an ‘influence’ would be trivializing the importance of him. Thinking back, the sound of the Sitar was always around me growing up, and it was almost always him playing it. There are two things for which I admire him: First of all, that he was unique and original. He never tried to be someone else, he developed a style which was unique from his contemporaries, and -- whether it was influencing The Beatles or even playing at Woodstock -- he never lost his own aesthetic. And, secondly, the fact that he lived and breathed music ‘til the end is inspiring. He was 92, the oldest nominee on this year’s list, quite possibly. Seeing myself on the same nominee list as him put me into a sense of disbelief. He dedicated his life to music, and I hope I can do the same. It’s a great loss to music and to the world. May his soul rest in peace, and his music continue ringing in our ears."

    While Singapore is his adopted home, Shenoy stays connected with his birthplace, dedicating 100% of album sales to Milaap.org, a micro-loan organization serving India. He notes, “The funds raised with this campaign will be put towards an education fund setup for under-privileged in India. Folks say the truth will set you free. We like to believe that education will. So please join us and make a difference.”

    Shenoy says he will make the long journey from Singapore for a round of L.A.-based meetings and The Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, the 10th of Feb 2013, broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

    One can stream the full album and watch Rumbadoodle’s animated music video - produced in conjunction with NY-based Actuality Films - online at www.arunshenoy.com.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vz0TU_d3Oc

    Recent Media:
    http://www.tnp.sg/content/singaporean-gets-grammy-nomination
    http://indiawest.com/news/8084-ravi-and-anoushka-shankar-arun-shenoy-up-for-grammys.html

    About Arun Shenoy
    Arun Shenoy is a Singaporean songwriter and record producer originally from Bangalore, India. His production style weaves through the genres of rock n roll, worldbeat and new age music. Arun writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He broke into the limelight in 2010 with the debut EP of American rockers Tanadra that was co-written and produced by him and that yielded the hit single "Danny". This was followed in 2012 by Rumbadoodle, a solo production under his own name. He is currently busy with his follow up record slated for release in the summer of 2013. He is a showcase artist of SONY for their audio production suite and endorses PreSonus, the premier American manufacturer of live and studio sound equipment. Visit http://www.ArunShenoy.com
  • CDs/DVDs I own

    20. Mär. 2012, 23:32 von darkonyxswe

    As of 2012-03-20 I got my first CDs, EVER! :D
    So this list includes all CDs (and DVDs for that matter) that I owned (and still are) on that date and onwards:

    -黒夜葬 (Kokuyasou)/Ahnenerbe/Vermillion-D Alice Syndrome/刹那:
    *-Gothic-
    *∵Ga[Я]deN∵
    *∞UroboroS∞
    *MetamorphosiS
    *Catharsis
    *APOCALYPSE -穹劫黙示録-
    *Einherjar [Dies irae ~Acta est Fabula~]
    *眞紅ノ眷屬ハ圓環スル螺旋ヲ嘆ズル
    *嚮導する聖女は屍骸の椅子で奇蹟を謳う
    *妍麗たる讃仰は悲啼喘ぎし蒼焔に炙られ

    -Imperial Circus Dead Decadence:
    *惨劇の血に赫く染まった愛と絶望の黒い死とが紡ぐ最期の物語
    *狂おしく咲いた凄惨な骸は奏で、愛おしく裂いた少女は聖餐の詞を謳う

    -LV.4:
    *World End Embryo
    *Cantrip
    *A.D.2995

    -Vaguedge dies for dies irae:
    *Clamantes Monimentum Mortis

    -Lightning:
    *Five Rings
    *死闘!五稜郭!! 〜LIGHTNING vs IRON ATTACK!〜 (LIGHTNING Side)

    -IRON ATTACK!:
    *死闘!五稜郭!! 〜LIGHTNING vs IRON ATTACK!〜 (IRON ATTACK! Side)

    -Serpent:
    *PLEASURE of DESTRUCTION (with Blood Stain Child / Serpent / VAGERKE / 音鬼 (OTO-ONI) / Phantasmagoria)
    *xGODx Promo CD:


    -Veiled in Scarlet:
    *IDEALISM Promo CD:


    -Suicide Heaven:
    *...future ages

    -Gyze:
    *WITHOUT HESITATION

    -夢中夢 (Mutyumu):
    *夢中夢
    *イリヤ - il y a -

    -Red Sun:
    *FRAGRANCE, OLD GIRL
    *Romantic Star

    -SHAZNA:
    *GOLD SUN AND SILVER MOON

    -Dark the Suns:
    *The Dead End

    -Children of Bodom:
    *Something Wild
    *Hatebreeder
    *Follow the Reaper
    *Hate Crew Deathroll

    -Skyfire:
    *Timeless Departure

    -Ark Storm:
    *Beginning of the New Legend (Special Edition with two bonus tracks)

    -Concerto Moon:
    *From Father to Son
    *Fragments of the Moon
    *Rain Forest
    *The End of the Beginning, Live in Tokyo (Limited Edition CD+DVD)

    -Stormlord:
    *At The Gates Of Utopia
    *The Gorgon Cult
    Both above albums are in a "special edition package": cardboard-bundled version of "At The Gates Of Utopia" and "The Gorgon Cult".

    -Cadacross:
    *So Pale Is The Light
    *Corona Borealis

    -時空海賊SEVEN SEAS:
    *Disc Union Promo DVD from Confusion:
  • Rising Chinese Star Ruhan Jia Debut Performance In New York

    10. Jun. 2012, 23:01 von musicdish



    Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group (SSCEG) presents a rising star Ruhan Jia at Brooklyn's Ran Tea House on Friday June 22nd, coinciding with her invitation to A2IM Indie Week 2012 conference. SSCEG will be holding a press conference at the venue starting at 6:30pm, followed by Ruhan's debut New York performance where she will introduce songs from her debut album "Time to Grow".

    Yanbin (Bill) Zang, Vice President of SSCEG and Deputy Chairman China Audio Video Association (CAVA) will open the press conference, followed by Keith Ferreira, Executive Director of Silva Screen Records which released the Ruhan's album in The US. Impressed by Ruhan's talent and growing international recognition, Hip Hop USA President Terry Nelson will be presenting Ruhan with a customized graffiti sneaker in her honor.

    Ruhan Jia "Time to Grow" Press Conference
    Presented by Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group and Silva Screen Records
    June 22nd, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
    Ran Tea House
    269 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY
    http://www.ranteahouse.com

    Ever since Ruhan Jia's first appearance in January at MIDEM 2012, her stunning performance has garnered attention around the world. In March, she was invited to perform at the United Nation's 2nd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaption Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Later that month, Interpol extended an invitation to Ruhan to record the single "Proud to Be" in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of their global anti-fake medicine campaign, leading to her being appointed China's goodwill ambassador for the project. More recently, she was invited to perform in Moscow for the first rAsia.com Festival devoted to Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South East Asian cultures.

    "Time To Grow" is the first album to be released as part of the "Earth's Music" project, which is part of China's 12th Five-Year National Economic Development Plan. The album showcases Ruhan's rich and melodious voice and wide vocal range. Consisting of ten tracks sung in Chinese as well as two songs translated in English, the album represents a truly cross-cultural project. The writers for this album include the Swedish pianist Robert Wells, whilst the production mixing team is led by the Swedish mixing engineer, Bernard Lohr whose credits include working with Celine Dion, Westlife and Il Divo to name a few.

    "Time to Grow" is licensed and released by The Silva Screen Record Group, an international London-based independent record company, which is also home to one of the world's leading film and television specialist soundtrack labels. Through Silva Screen's worldwide distribution network the album is available in the north America, via eOne Entertainment, and digitally throughout North America,Europe and Australia via IODA.

    Ruhan's credits include her acclaimed performance in the double Grammy Award winning album, "Calling All Dawns" by Christopher Tin. On the album track representing China, "Dao Zai Fan Ye" ("A Path Is In Returning" based on Laozi's Dao De Jing), Ruhan superbly blends Kunqu opera skill and western classical soprano singing. In 2009, Ruhan won the First Prize at the 18th Discovery International Festival and Second Prize at the prestigious Llangollen International Music Festival held in Wales.

    Shanghai Synergy is a major record label in China. a-Peer Synergy is an artist management company. For any additional information, please contact: Jean Hsiao Wernheim, email: jean@a-peer.com

    Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/贾茹涵-Ruhan-Jia/55023414805
    Music: http://www.ruhan-timetogrow.com
  • MusicDish*China Announces Medullary Paralysis' China Tour Details

    25. Mai. 2012, 0:24 von musicdish



    MusicDish*China is proud the announce the details of Medullary Paralysis' upcoming "You Need Leaders" China Tour. Sponsored by Italian custom guitar case manufacturer Droplay and handcrafted guitar pick maker Essetipicks, the tour will bring the band across China through some of its top music cities, with Fushon and Hong Kong added to the initial list of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an and Chengdu.

    Thursday, June 7
    AD livehouse 广州A.D 西元
    佛山 南海区 千灯湖•保利水城•西街5栋1号 西元
    Fushon

    Friday, June 8
    Tekkwun Live House
    No.201, Huanshi Rd, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou(HuaGuoShan)

    Sunday, June 10
    YuYing Tang (上海育音堂)
    "上海长宁区凯旋路851号
    Kaixuan Lu #851, Shanghai

    Friday, June 15
    MAO Livehouse
    111号 Gulou East Street
    Dongcheng, Beijing

    Saturday, June 16
    Jianghu Bar
    Dongcheng, Beijing

    Thursday, June 24
    Guangquan Livehouse
    Xi'An 东大街菊花园饮马池 光圈CLUB.
    Guang Quan Club, East Avenue Daisy Garden Ying Ma Chi.

    Friday, June 29
    Little Bar
    chengdu
    成都市永丰路47号丰尚玉林商务港一楼附5号小酒馆芳沁店
    1F, No. 5 Little Bar (Fangqin) Fengshang Yulin Business Harbor,
    No. 47 Yongfeng Road, Chengdu

    Saturday, June 30
    Backstage
    Hong Kong
    1/F Somptaeax Central 52-54 Wellington Street Central HK

    As part of the tour promotion, MusicDish*China launched a crowdfunding campaign on Chinese social media sites weibo and douban in conjunction with the Hitweek China Festival being held in Beijing & Shanghai where groundbreaking superstar acts from Italy join forces with China's finest talent.

    This is Medullary Paralysis' second tour through China. During the 2010 summer, the band introduced Chinese audiences to the Italian trio's indie industrial glam sound and love of purple latex.

    "This industrial heads are the nuts. They manage to create something very interesting and more importantly something you can dance to!" Shanghai Stuff

    "DJ Photon F*cking Torpedos drew our attention to this one. We don't normally profile bands, but we thought these guys deserve super props." China Radar

    About The Medullary Paralysis
    Fans will experience an out-of-body experience as they mix The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and Tears for Fears. They are working on our upcoming album, recorded in London, Ontario, Canada with Andre Doucette, studio engineer who participated on the last release by 30 Seconds to Mars titled "This Is War."

    The Medullary Paralysis is not just a band but an idiosyncratic lifestyle. "We don't drink, we don't take drugs, we don't have sex, we feel compassion. We have a different vision about how to enjoy life, we repudiate mechanical sex, we hate victimism and we practice compassion."
    http://www.themedullaryparalysis.com
    http://www.weibo.com/medullaryparalysis
    http://site.douban.com/inthemedulla/

    Email: chinasounds@musicdish.com
  • Italy's Medullary Paralysis Returns To China With 5-City Tour

    2. Mai. 2012, 2:26 von musicdish



    The Medullary Paralysis announced their return to China with the "You Need Leaders" Tour. Their first China tour in the summer of 2010 introduces Chinese audiences to the Italian trio's indie industrial glam sound and love of purple latex. The 2012 tour will bring the band across China through some of its top music cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an and Chengdu.

    The "You Need Leaders" tour is sponsored by Droplay, an Italian company based near Padua that creates special, easy-to-use and custom-tailored guitar cases, and music media brand MusicDish*China. In addition to coordinating tour press and marketing, MusicDish*China will run a series of crowdsourcing campaign through major Chinese social media sites like weibo and douban. Droplay will provide a custom-tailored guitar case as a grand prize to a lucky fan.

    "This industrial heads are the nuts.They manage to create something very interesting and more importantly something you can dance to!" Shanghai Stuff

    "DJ Photon F*cking Torpedos drew our attention to this one. We don't normally profile bands, but we thought these guys deserve super props." China Radar

    About The Medullary Paralysis
    Fans will experience an out-of-body experience as they mix The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and Tears for Fears. They are working on our upcoming album, recorded in London, Ontario, Canada with Andre Doucette, studio engineer who participated on the last release by 30 Seconds to Mars titled "This Is War."

    The Medullary Paralysis is not just a band but an idiosyncratic lifestyle. "We don't drink, we don't take drugs, we don't have sex, we feel compassion. We have a different vision about how to enjoy life, we repudiate mechanical sex, we hate victimism and we practice compassion."

    http://www.themedullaryparalysis.com
    http://www.weibo.com/medullaryparalysis
    http://site.douban.com/inthemedulla/
  • NC Handcrafted Custom Guitar Played By The Winner Of Japan’s 2012 National…

    29. Apr. 2012, 22:54 von musicdish



    Shohei Toyoda is a professional guitarist and a guitar instructor, which makes having a high quality instrument extremely important. He worked closely during the custom guitar design process with luthier Jay Lichty to ensure the finished instrument would be the perfect fit for his style of playing.

    His custom Lichty guitar is a Cuban mahogany OM-style guitar with Lutz spruce top, Mahogany neck, side sound port, Curly maple binding, redwood burl rosette and headplate, LR Baggs Anthem pick-up, and Gotoh 510 tuners.

    Shohei Toyoda was born in Japan, raised in Ohio and now resides back in Japan. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the top 16 guitarists to compete in Japan’s National Finger Picking Contest and he followed this with a two month / 30 show tour in Japan. In 2011 he landed two prestigious awards: Placement in the top five at the 2011 International Finger-style Championship in Kansas and Grand Champion at the International Thumb Picking Contest in Central City, Kentucky. His most recent achievement is winning 1st place and best arrangement in Japan’s 2012 National Finger-picking Competition.

    Shohei Toyoda joins the ranks of top guitarists who play and praise Lichty Guitars. Other professionals who play custom Lichty guitars include: brothers Tom and Mike Gossin of top country band Gloriana, Australian blues/root artist Geoff Achison, Doug Lancio, Nashville producer and lead guitarist for John Hiatt and Patty Griffin, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne and Haley Dreis, singer/songwriter.

    Website: http://lichtyguitars.com
    Music: http://lichtyguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/shohei-Its-okay-kauri.mp3

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    About Lichty Guitars
    Luthier Jay Lichty builds handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles in Tryon, NC. He was the winner of the 2010 Made in the South Award and has top performing artists playing his guitars from Australia to Japan to Nashville. He specializes in working with clients to build heirloom quality custom instruments. Learn more at http://www.lichtyguitars.com
  • Beijing Midi Music Festival Is Coming!

    13. Apr. 2012, 18:41 von musicdish

    2012 Beijing Midi Music Festival will be hosted at Haidian Park from April 29th to May 1st. This is the first time since 2005 that Beijing Midi Music Festival returns to the park with the support of the Haidian government.

    The theme this year is "PM 2.5," focusing attention on a growing environmental problem in China. PM 2.5, also called "fine particles," is an air pollutant with less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. Avant-guarde artist Zhu Wei designed this year's poster, describing a future scene where all people care about environment. Zhu Wei also designed the poster for 2006 Midi Music Festival, as well as directing the music video for Miserable Faith's famous song, "Bloom."

    There will be four stages at 2012 Beijing Midi Music Festival: "Tang", "Song", "Yuan" and "Qing" (names of four Chinese dynasties). Almost a hundred musicians and bands, both local and foreign, will be performing in the festival. "Tang" and "Song" will bring performances of famous local and foreign bands. The Beijing electronic music label "Yen" will continue their tradition to create an electronic music theme "Yuan" stage. In addition, the winners of the Midi campus competition and the Weibo competition will perform on the brand new "Qing" stage.

    U.S. extreme sports apparel company, Vans, will cooperate with Midi this year. It is the only clothing sponsor for 2012 Beijing Midi Music Festival. Ever since the 70s, Vans has become a symbol of rock music. The brand has been supporting rock bands for years, from the garage to the big stages. Vans has also been a sponsor for Warped Tour Music Festival in U.S. since 1995. This year, Vans will bring live events with elements from music, skateboarding and hip-hop to Beijing Midi Music Festival. They will also sponsor a special event featuring a celebrity musician from the U.S.!
  • April 15th, Mao Livehouse, Shanghai: $5hake (Five Dollar Shake) Returns!

    29. Mär. 2012, 0:50 von musicdish

    Sunday, April 15, 8:30 pm (first band starts at 8:30 sharp!)
    Mao Livehouse
    The Rocktigers (Seoul, South Korea), Banana Monkey, Boys Climbing Ropes, Battle Cattle, & DJ B.O
    Price: 80 RMB at the door (includes free gift)
    60 RMB presale - e-mail tizi_tizzy@hotmail.com for reservations


    We're proud to announce the return of $5hake with a special concert on April 15th, 8:30 pm featuring Battle Cattle, Boys Climbing Ropes, Banana Monkey, and the Rocktigers (Seoul, South Korea).

    $5hake got started in 2006 as a vehicle for local legends Banana Monkey, Shanghai's first garage rock band.
    http://www.smartshanghai.com/blog/536/Live_music_is_dead_.._long_live_..._shanghai
    http://www.kungfuology.com/andybest/2011/07/sh-247-longform-interview-with.html

    Banana Monkey eventually broke up. Misuzu, lead guitarist, became a founder of Trash A Go-Go, the series of garage rock events that succeeded $5hake.

    http://www.shanghai247.net/music/features/trash-talk-trash-go-go

    Lead singer Bono founded fashion line "WhereWhatWho" which has received major praise locally and in South Korea and Japan.
    http://www.wherewhatwho.net/
    http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/shop/bono-zhang-rocking-stage-rocking-runway-219062

    Now, Banana Monkey is back. And with them, the Shake.

    Expect cool, retro-rock chic. Expect some of Shanghai's hottest bands, along with a rocking international headliner. Except cool retro movie clips to set the mood. Expect striking fashion from WhereWhatWho. Expect to shake.

    The Rocktigers (Seoul, South Korea): www.rocktigers.com The Rocktigers call their music kimchibilly, reflecting their Korean heritage and love for rockabilly. The band is just off their tour with legendary Japanese garage band Guitar Wolf. Lead by spunky lead singer and style icon Velvet Geena, the band has toured the USA and Japan and released albums in Korean, Japanese, and English.

    Banana Monkey (Shanghai): http://site.douban.com/bananamonkey/ The founders of Shanghai garage rock. Local legends.

    Boys Climbing Ropes (Shanghai via Canada & China): http://boysclimbingropes.bandcamp.com/ Indie rock anthems sung by keyboardist/vocalist Little Punk and guitarist/vocalist Jordan Small. The band has played their rousing music at festivals all over China and has toured Mongolia.

    Battle Cattle (Shanghai via France): http://battlecattle.bandcamp.com/ Young dance punk band in the style of The Jam and Gang of Four. They've created quite a splash since forming in 2011.
  • MusicDish*China Is All About 'Musical Discovery at CMW 2012

    15. Mär. 2012, 21:43 von musicdish

    2012 is the 30th edition of Canadian Music Week and the 6th in which MusicDish is an official CMW media sponsor. MusicDish*China is sponsoring the "Music Discovery Through The Social Web" panel, featuring moderator Bob Lefsetz - in other words, a must-not-miss panel - on Thursday March 22nd, 4:00-4:50PM in the Royal York Hotel's Ballroom. In addition to speaking on the panel, MusicDish Founder and President Eric de Fontenay will be mentoring CMW attendees on Friday March 23rd at 1:45-2:45PM on strategies for breaking into international markets in Asia.

    MusicDish*China will also be supporting China's indie folk band Shanren that has been tearing up the US East coast this month with two shows in Toronto, including their official CMW showcase show at Lula Lounge.

    CHIN Radio Presents
    Thursday, Mar 22 - 9pm
    Lula Lounge
    1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin
    https://www.facebook.com/events/308253625902888/ http://canadianmusicfest.com/artists-2012/artist-details/?band=Shanren&band_ID=3536

    The Toronto Review of Books This Is Not a Reading Series
    Saturday, Mar 24 - 9pm
    Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom
    1214 Queen Street West
    http://www.gladstonehotel.com/hotel
    https://www.facebook.com/events/365134770174373/
    $5 or free with the purchase of Red Rock
    with Nova Heart, Jonathan Campbell (author of Red Rock), and Al Di (Beijing music personality and host of ALDTV)

    Featured in The Washington Post as one of DC's best March concerts, Shanren's tour has been covered in major blogs from Brooklyn Vegan to Hypebot. They have been described as 'as close to The Pogues as we've ever seen a Chinese band get' by the National Geographic and have been praised for 'grappling with themes resonant to rural transplants and ethnic minorities' in their songs such as "Thirty Years" by WNYC.
    https://www.facebook.com/shanrenband

    Part media company, part marketing agency, MusicDish*China connects live entertainment and social media to reach and interact with today's Chinese music fans. Through our partnerships with major festivals, such as Midi (biggest and longest-running rock festival), JZ Shanghai and Jue Festivals, we engage fans through cutting edge content, brands and interactive platforms.
    http://china.musicdish.com

    Email: chinasounds@musicdish.com