Montag, Oktober 09, 2006


BLUE EFFECT - MEDITACE (1970) (+ Bonus)
Czech Blues Rock, MP3 @ 224 + Artwork

Was deleted from Rapidshare, so here it is again :o)

Pt.1 Pt.2


Sonntag, Oktober 08, 2006

Chinese Traditional, MP3 @ 224

Recorded in Beijing, the first international release and a
landmark recording by world renowned Chinese erhu player Jiang
Jian Hua. A truly exceptional artist whose finesse and skill
has moved and astonished top classical conductors and

Jiang Jian Hua was born into a musical family in 1961 in
Shanghai. Her uncle, Tang Chujen Gui, is a master player of
the erhu and from a very young age she studied under him.
At the age of 12 she entered the "Central Conservatory of Music
in China" in Beijing where she remained until she was 22,
turning from a student into a professor. When she was 14 years
old the Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa was visiting the
Conservatory for listening to classical chinese music. Despite
her age she was selected to perform for Ozawa. Ozawa, although
of Japanese parentage was born in Manchuria China, was very
touched by the music of his birthplace and the emotional
sensitivity of her playing. At the same age she also joined
that Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Australia,
New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Another turning point in her life occurred in November 1976,
when one of the world's premier orchestras, the Berlin
Philharmonic, under Herbert Von Karajan, visited China for the
first time. After their concert she performed for the orchestra
at a party, she played one of the most difficult classical pieces
for violin, Pablo de Sarasate's Gypsy piece "Zigeunerweisen" and
at the end of the performance, the principle violinist was
completely astonished by her technical dexterity and her new
arrangement to suit the two stringed erhu. He invited her to
Berlin to learn the violin which she decided not to do, but to
continue playing the erhu.
In 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic invited her again to Berlin,
to play an erhu concerto with the full orchestra, conducted by
Seiji Ozawa. Herbert Von Karajan, was sick at that time, but was
much looking forward to hearing this very special performance.
Sadly Karajan died on the same day and the whole performance
turned into a tribute for the conductor.
Jiang Jian Hua is also the person who performed the erhu on
Ryuichi Sakamoto's soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci's movie
"The Last Emperor" in 1987. Her haunting improvisation passages
were the soundtracks most memorable moments.

The performances on this album were made with the China Broadcast
Chinese National Orchestra conducted by Wu Hou Yuan and the
Youth Chinese Music Ensemble of Central Conservatory of Music in
China conducted by Wang Fu Jian. Recorded in March 1996 at
China Record, 2nd Studio in Beijing.

Jiang Jian Hua
Japanese Avantgarde/Wave, MP3 @ 224

Rice Music is Masami Tsuchiya's (ex-Ippu Do) debut solo album.
A multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, drums,
synthesizers, percussion, koto, yokin and sings on this album.
The cover might be misleading because Masami is male.
(In a stewardess costume ?) But anyway this kind of look wasn't
strange in the 80's. Just remember David Sylvian's Wave band
"Japan" whose members Mick Karn (bass) and Steve Jansen (drums)
appear as guest musicians on this record. Just as Bill Nelson
(guitars) and Percy Jones (bass). Also remarkable: a young Ryuichi
Sakamoto performing all instruments (besides the guitars, which
is played by Masami himself) on the track "Kafka".
This album has lots of traditional Japanese elements mixed with
The lyrics are mainly in Japanese, but also some english passages
or even songs.
Oh and Masami Tsuchiya is not to be confused with the person of
the same name, who was sentenced to death due his role in the Sarin
gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.
Masami Tsuchiya

Hungarian Rock, MP3 @ 224

Kovács Kati's third album, on which she is backed by Locomotiv GT.
The songs were penned by LGT members, the lyrics are by Adamis Anna.
If you liked the LGT albums I posted here before then you
should check this one out as well.Three of the tracks were later
re-recorded by LGT on their albums.
Kovács Kati 1973

Hungarian Prog/Jazz Rock, MP3 @ 224

Released on CD in 1999 with 3 Bonus Tracks
A percussion loaded album, really fun to listen to !
Syrius 1976