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Meirano, Gabriele / Xu Fengxia

New Vintage Sessions [CDr + DOWNLOAD]

Meirano, Gabriele / Xu Fengxia: New Vintage Sessions [CDr + DOWNLOAD] (577)

A collaboration between the China based Italian pianist Gabriele Meirano and the Berlin based Chinese musician Xu Fengxia, a pioneer in combining Chinese music with improvisation; the two first played together when Peter Brotzmann invited them to join him in a trio concert at the Shanghai Art Center in 2011, here in a duo that fuses Far East sounds and the blues.
 

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Exclusive limited edition of 20 discs and as a digital download.

Label: 577
Catalog ID: 5793
Squidco Product Code: 25375

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at New Vintage studio, in Shanghai, China on September 28th, 2015, by David Berlone.


Personnel:

Gabriele Meirano-electric piano

Xu Fengxia-guzheng, sanxain, voice

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track listing:


1. Inizi e ricordi 3:16

2. Silkworms 7:54

3. Green olives and the moon 10:29

4. In the way 4:28

5. True China blue 9:23

6. Charcoal army 4:53

7. Chu zu che 3:51
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"This recording comes out of a collaboration between the China based Italian pianist Gabriele Meirano and the Berlin based Chinese musician Xu Fengxia, a pioneer in combining Chinese music with improvisation.

The two first played together when Peter Brötzmann invited them to join him in a trio concert at the Shanghai Art Center in 2011. At that time, Meirano had been living in Shanghai for 5 years and Xu Fengxia had already moved to Germany.

Despite living in different parts of the world, Meirano and Xu Fengxia kept in touch. When Xu Fengxia travelled to China to perform at the Shanghai Jazz Festival they decided to make this recording.

With this debut album, which features a freshly international sound that invokes both the Far East and the blues, the duo has succeeded in creating a new entry in the global music lexicon.

This is Gabriele Meirano's third album on 577 Records, after Friendly Fire (with Jim Dvorak, Roberto Bellatalla) and Coordinate Orientali (with Federico Ughi)."


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Artist Biographies:

"Gabriele Meirano (Italy) began playing the piano at the age of seven in Italy. After studying classical for several years he auditioned and got accepted in the Turin jazz Academy where he graduated after completing a five years course. In 1994 he moved to London where he played for over a decade in jazz clubs and bars and established himself on the free jazz scene. After performing in prestigious venues in Europe, including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, he recorded with Jim Dvorak and Roberto Bellatalla, central figures on the jazz avant-garde scene. The CD has recently been released by 577 records, a New York independent label for whom is currently working on a new project. In 2003 he got the ABRSM certificate of teaching. In 2006 he moved to Shanghai where he teaches piano and coordinates the peripatetic department at Shanghai Rego International School."

-JZ School (http://www.jz-school.com/index.php?page=gabriele-meirano)
9/12/2018

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"When Xu Fengxia was 5 years old she started to learn instruments. She first played the Chinese lute "Pipa", but when she started to study at the Shanghai Music Conservatory she focussed on the "Sanxian" (usually a plucked instrument, but as you can see it also is possible to use a bow!). The picture was taken during her first solo concert at the Conservatory. She mastered four instruments: guzheng, guqin, sanxian and a small lute called liuqin. After her graduation Xu Fengxia joined the famous Shanghai Orchestra of Chinese Music. She worked there as a soloist on the sanxian. Some of her early solo work has been documented on a Hugo Records (Hongkong) sampler. Meanwhile Xu Fengxia also played solo music of Paganini and was the soloist in a contemporary concert for sanxian and symphony orchestra.

The 80s brought new cultural influences to China. Young people got interested in Rock and Pop music from abroad. So, Xu Fengxia started to play the bass in Shanghai`s first Ladies Rockband. They played also possible venues from bars to football stadiums.

In the 90s Xu Fengxia began to live in Germany. She joined the Gufeng Ensemble which was the most famous group for traditional Chinese music in Europe.

Xu Fengxia had been playing the first concert with musicians of jazz and improvised music 1990 in Shanghai (with flutist Albert Preisfeld and violinist and composer Lutz Wagner). The 90`s brought a band called Shanghai Connection. It began as a trio with Xu Fengxia, Albert Preisfeld and Lutz Wagner. Later it was a sextet with Rolf Sudmann (piano), Zhang Zhenfang (erhu), Rudi Mahall (clarinet), Roland H.H.Bisswurm (drums), Li Jing Xia (pipa) and Xu Fengxia. They played compositions of Lutz Wagner. This was the first time when Xu Fengxia "got mad" and started improvising.

In the mid 90`s Xu Fengxia began an intensive collaboration with the late Peter Kowald, one of the main figures in improvised music worldwide.With Gunda Gottschalk (violin) and Peter Kowald (bass) Xu Fengxia performed worldwide. The trio which was called "Global Village" played at the Vision Festival in New York, at the Poschiavo,Lucerne and Taktlos festivals in Switzerland. With Peter Kowald and reed player Alfred Harth Xu Fengxia played the Moscow Pushkin Festival. When she had duo concerts with Peter in Boston and New York in september 2002 he all of the sudden died of a heart attack.Xu Fengxia describes Peter Kowald as her main influence to open up for new musical horizons. Also, Peter was a wonderful person and a good friend.The picture was taken after a concert in Hagen/ GermanyXu Fengxia works with composers and orchestras

Until now, Xu Fengxia often plays solo parts in the compositions of Chinese Composers like Tan Dun, Qu Xiaosong, Kee Yong, Xu Shuya, Qin Wencheng and many more. She cooperated with the Nieuw ensemble Amsterdam, the Flemish Symphony Brugge, Ensemble Recherche, Staatstheater Saarbruck and others."

-Xu Fengxia Website (http://www.xu-music.de/biography.htm)
9/12/2018

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