Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Zhongyu "Zhongyu"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Chamber Ethnic Progressive Rock
Label: MoonJune
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 19, 2016
1. Apple Of My Mind's Eye 2 (2:06)
2. Torture Chambers Of Commerce (4:42)
3. Iron Rice Bowl Has Rusted (3:45)
4. Hydraulic Fracas (8:03)
5. Tunnel At The End Of The Light (4:05)
6. Apple Of My Mind's Eye 1 (2:02)
7. Half Remembered Drowning Dream (5:20)
8. Sleepwalking The Dog (6:41)
9. Wanderland Wonderlust (5:31)
10. Cat Hair All Over It (2:10)
11. MBBL (5:17)
12. All Food Comes From China (4:51)

Total time 54:33

Jon Davis: Chapman Stick, guzheng, Mellotron, ARP 2600
Dennis Rea (Moraine): electric guitar, resonator guitar
Alicia DeJoie (Moraine): electric violin
James DeJoie (Moraine): baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Randy Doak: drums, percussion
Daniel Barry: trumpet (in MBBL)

Zhongyu is an American band with a Chinese name and an attitude that encompasses the full spectrum of musical sounds and sources. Composer Jon Davis teams up with three members of Moraine and an experienced jazz drummer to create a sound that blends influences from Rock in Opposition (Univers Zero and Present), progressive rock (King Crimson), jazz (electric Miles Davis and composers such as George Russell), and Asian music. Whether it involves plugging a traditional Chinese instrument into a modular synthesizer or running a bass clarinet through a wah-wah pedal, pushing boundaries (or denying their existence) is the core of the band’s identity.
Zhongyu is a band that aims to balance the opposites of music: composition and improvisation, serenity and chaos, harmony and dissonance, complexity and simplicity, acoustic and electric. With guitarist Dennis Rea on board as co-producer and legendary engineer Steve Fisk at the controls, Zhongyu is a powerful, brilliantly executed, and strikingly original debut album that has been years in the making.

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