Jai Peng Fang, 永远 “Forever”

Jai Peng Fang, “Forever” 永远

Jia Peng Fang was born in April of 1958 in Jiamusi, China. He is a virtuoso of the erhu, the Chinese violin. He has played in hundreds of live concerts throughout China and Japan, as well as recording for movies, television and radio. 

At an early age, in 1966 and under the influence of his older brother, Jai Peng Fang began to learn to play erhu. At the age of sixteen, his brother helped him go to Beijing to study the Erhu with the most experienced players. From 1974 to 1976, Fang stayed with his aunt and practiced with the erhu. After the Great Karasan Earthquake, he joined the Navy Song and Dance Band until, as part of the Cultural Revolution, he was forced to return to his native Jama as an agricultural worker. 

After the Cultural Revolution, upon the advice of a former teacher, Fang decided to enter a music school. In 1978 he studied and applied to Central Conservatory of Music. After being recommended by Zhou Yaozhen in 1979, he officially became the erhu player of the Central National Orchestra as a performer in the Folk section. After six years as a professional erhu player, Fang was appointed deputy director of the orchestra department.

In 1988, Jia Peng Fang moved to Japan and enrolled in the Master of Arts Degree Program in Music at the Tokyo University of Arts. Upon graduating with his masters degree, he was admitted as a member of the China Musicians Association and became director of the Erhu Chinese Society. Upon graduation he also started participating in the production of Katsuhisa Hattori’s albums and concerts and began large-scale professional performances.

Jia Peng Fang has performed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, and in Carnegie Hall, playing with the Tokyo Pops Orchestra and New York Pops Orchestra. In 1997, Fang’s brilliant performances with his orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York solidified his position in the world of music.

One of Jai Peng Fang’s most beautiful and moving melodic songs, “Silent Moon”, contained in the 1999 album “River”, was used as a musical mat in a famous video tribute dedicated to the great martial arts master Yip Man, master of Bruce Lee. The video shows the Grandmaster’s abilities in his Wing Chun style, images taken a few weeks before he died.

Bombay Dub Orchestra

Bombay Dub Orchestra, “Amina” From the Album “3 Cities”, 2008

Bombay Dub Orchestra released its second album “3 Cities” in 2008. Both Gary Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay traveled to Mumbai and Chennai to record with the cities’ premier musicians and vocalists before returning to London to mix the album. “3 Cities” is where their cinematic soundscapes meet Indian Classical and electronica featuring a huge cast of over 75 musicians.

Tony DeSare “You Don’t know Me”

Tony DeSare, “You Don’t Know Me”

Born in New York, Tony DeSare is a jazz singer, pianist and songwriter. He has performed at major jazz rooms such as Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; nightclubs including the Cafe Carlyle; and with his big gand in concert at Jazz in Lincoln Center. He records on the Telarc label and with the California-based Concord Music Group.

Graham Candy “Glowing in the Dark”

Graham Candy, “Glowing in the Dark”, Acoustic Version

A New Zealand-born, German-based singer/songwriter and actor with a distinctive voice, the aptly named Graham Candy is a quirky and unpredictable musician. A student of music, dance, and theater from a very young age, Candy spent the majority of his career in Auckland before relocating to Berlin in 2013.

In Berlin Candy lent his voice to popular German DJ and producer Alle Farber’s international hit single “She Moves.” Collaborations with German indie pop outfit Abbey and electro-swing enthusiast Parov Stelar followed in 2014, as did the release of his Crazy Planet Records-issued solo EP, “13 Lords”.

Kalki, “Varanasi”

Kalki, “Varanasi”, 2016, Cinematography by Basile Pierrat

Kalki is the tenth avatar of Vishnu to end the Kali Yuga, the last of the four periods in the endless cycle of existence in the Vaishnavism cosmology. He is described  in the Puranas as the avatar who rejuvenates existence by ending the darkest and destructive period to remove adhama and ushers in the Satya Yuga, the first yuga in the new cycle.

Kalki is a progressive psytrance project by Thibault Fontaine, an experience music producer from Lyon, France, who has been crafting electronic music for a decade. He emerged on the trance scene earlier in 2016, wiht the release of his first EP “Varnasi”, illustrated by a captivating music video shot in India by Basile Pierrat. Kalki unfolds a narrative and spiritual universe combining sci-fi culture, primitive rites, and psychic esperiences that resonate with the psytrance movement.

Club des Belugas, “Let’s Go”

Club des Belugas, “Let’s Go” from the Album “Fishing for Zebras”

Club des Belugas is one of the leading lounge & nujazz projects in Germany, perhaps in Europe. They combine Contemporary European Lounge & Nujazz Styles with Brazilian Beats and American Black Soul of the fifties, sixties and seventies, using their unique creativity and intensity.

Main members are Maxim Illion & Kitty the Bill, with such exquisite guests as the Californian jazz lady Brenda Boykin, trumpeter Reiner Winterschladen (Nighthawks), Swedish singer Anna Luca, London based jazz singer Iain Mackenzie, Anne Schnell from Jojo Effect, Dean Bowman from New York and trumpet player Thomas Siffling.

Hang Massive, “The Secret Kissing of the Sun and Moon”

Hang Massive, “The Secret Kissing of the Sun and the Moon”, 2018, The first single from the Album “Luminous Emptiness”

The founding members of Hang Massive are Danny Cudd from the UK and Markus Offbeat from Sweden. Both seasoned global travellers they met on the shores of Goa, India where for many years they had passed the winter months. From India they travelled back to Europe and this is where they began to play music together, initially in the streets and then increasingly performing live at venues and festivals world wide.

Their first official collaboration release was in 2013 with Bristol based producer Bleeker and saw the resonant tones of the hang fused with high quality UK style house production resulting in an awesome four track EP. This was followed in 2014 by the release of their second live album “As It Is” which demonstrated a much evolved playing style, more developed compositions and a significant increase in production quality. 2015 saw the release of two more collaborative projects of very differing styles.

The EP “Many Rivers Ensemble” featured a small group of musicians with a range of acoustical instruments, who in one improvised recording session sculpted a beautiful and other worldly listening experience. The following EP “Marine Migration” was the first release from the new collaboration with Glastonbury based producer J Rokka and featured a breaks style single which was subsequently remixed by a range of well known artists such as Gaudi and Atomic drop.

Alsarah and the Nubatones, “Wad Alnuba”

Alsarah and the Nubatones, “Wad Alnuba”, from the Album “Captain Planet Presents: Through the Wire”, 2015

Producer Captain Planet has become well known in the house & tropical bass scene for his original productions and equally his wide and prolific remixing skills and Bastard Jazz Recordings has compiled up a double LP and digital release of the Captain’s finest remixes of the last three years in one place for maximum dancefloor potential.

As is the Captain Planet style, the remixes touch on all corners of the globe – hitting Middle Eastern/Nubian vibes (Alsarah & The Nubatones’ “Wad Alnuba”), Sub Saharn Africa (Saran’s “Tounkan”), Cumbia (Buyepongo’s “Maestros”), Dub Reggae (La Yegros “Viene Di Mi”), Centeral American Folklore (Los Folkloristas “El Coco”), Afrobeat (London Afrobeat Collective’s “Prime Minister”) and many more.

Meute, “REJ”

Meute, “REJ”, 2016

MEUTE is a techno marching band – a dozen drummers and horn players from Hamburg, Germany, who fulfil the job of a dj with their acoustic instruments. The archaic conglomerate of brass and drums creates a new genre by combining hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music. MEUTE detaches electronic music from the dj desk and evolves the thrust of energy on stage or directly in the crowd, be it on the streets or in the club, with or without electricity.

In this video, MEUTE plays a street version of the all time deep house classic “REJ”, originally performed by Berlin based Duo ÂME.