Music Dumplings: A Melting Pot Of Heritage
Djang San's "Musical Dumplings" offers 10 new tracks of varying musical influences that ultimately blend together to offer profound insight into the artist's heritage
Djang San 张思安 recently released a new album called "Music Dumplings 音乐饺子", undoubtedly whetting music enthusiasts' appetites for his unique brand of diverse artistry. The musician has multiple personas he has gone since his first visit to China in 2000. Born Jean-Sébastien Héry in France, he was called Zhang Si'an upon his arrival, which functions both as a phoneticized version of his birth name and according to Djang San, an accurate description of his personality: "si" represents thinking, while "an" means calm. These qualities are reflected in Music Dumplings, along with the musician's ties to both France and China.
Djang San starts the album off with the almost titular track "Music Dumpling", an instrumental electronic offering that anchors itself with a strong beat in the background, while experimenting with different sounds and instruments. It nicely sets up the mood for the rest of the album with its rich blend of sounds, as the artist has taken care not to craft each "music dumpling" the same way.
While some tracks, such as "Music Dumpling", "Cow Street", and "Hainan Haikou" are devoid of words, others contain snippets of conversations, like "On The Shores Of TsingTao" and "Strange Night In Beijing". Both manage to evoke feelings of actually strolling along the named cities with the artist thanks to the inclusion of verbal cues. The former is particularly effective at conveying a slice of life due to Djang San's use of sounds of bowls clinking and woodwork.
Vocals appear on "She Wants Everything" and "Shen Me Shi (Hua Fei Hua)" in English and Mandarin respectively. Djang San takes a softer acoustic approach to these tracks, which further differentiate them from the other offerings on the album. It is interesting to note that "Shen Me Shi" also acts as a cultural tribute of sorts, as its lyrics are based off a poem by Bai Ju Yi of the Tang Dynasty.
Ending the album is a track titled "HK GZ ½", which nicely ties together the incredibly diverse "Musical Dumplings". The song opens with an attendant asking Djang San questions in English on his way from Guangzhou to Hong Kong to visit a friend. She inquires about his current city of living and his nationality, to which he replies "Beijing" and "French" respectively. "HK GZ ½" also closes out with a message about the unfortunate delay of the train in Cantonese, Mandarin, and finally, English. Ultimately, while "Musical Dumplings" features tracks that contain a variety of influences like electronic, folk, and rock, it all exists on the same album to serve as a poignant summary of Djang San's background and snippets of his life in China.
» MusicDish*China Booking (Snow Mountain), DDC, NAMM Musikmesse Russia and NMS
» 365 Days From Dusk Till Dawn: DDC 1 Year Anniversary Program
» Blue Note Entertainment Group Further Expands East With New Venue In Beijing
» From North Korea To NYC - Shanghai DJ B.O Spins Libation & Leftfield
» Bay Area Chinese Music Association Presents Second Hand Rose West Coast Show
» [2015-07-05] MusicDish*China Booking (Snow Mountain), DDC, NAMM Musikmesse Russia And NMS; Latest Developments At MusicDish*China, Including Bookings At Snow Mountain Music Festival, Partnership With Beijing's DDC, Call-to-bands For NAMM Musikmesse Russia 2015 And New Music Seminar
» [2015-06-30] 365 Days From Dusk Till Dawn: DDC 1 Year Anniversary Program; MusicDish*China Is Proud To Be An Official Sponsor Of DDC (Dusk Till Dawn) First Year Anniversary Celebration
» [2015-06-29] The Challenges Of Learning How To Play Drums; Before You Start Building Your Neil Peart-sized Kit, There Are A Few Things To Learn
» [2015-06-28] Blue Note Entertainment Group Further Expands East With New Venue In Beijing; Blue Note Beijing Open In 2016; Two Additional Blue Note's In Shanghai & Taipei To Open Within Three Years
» [2015-06-21] From North Korea To NYC - Shanghai DJ B.O Spins Libation & Leftfield; The First DJ Ever In North Korea Comes To NY's Lower East Side For An Eclectic Night Of Performances
» [2015-06-02] Bay Area Chinese Music Association Presents Second Hand Rose West Coast Show; Second Hand Rose Will Be Performing At Palo Alto's Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall On July 10th
» [2015-06-01] Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt Calls For Direct Tax Breaks For Music; Talking During The Vote For Music Keynote At The Great Escape, Martin Goldschmidt Called For The UK Government To Give Tax Breaks Directly To Music Businesses
» [2015-05-31] Strong Opportunities For International Tech Manufacturers Among Chinese Consumers; 63% Of Chinese Consumers Prefer International Brands For Purchase Of Smartphones, Televisions Or Wearable Devices
» [2015-05-31] New Island Entertainment Presents Second Hand Rose @ New York's Santos Party House; China's Boldest Rock Band Will Return To The Big Apple With A Show At Chinatown's Santos Party House
» [2015-05-22] MusicDish*China Tours, Signing, NYCxDesign And Planetrox; It's Been A Busy 2015 With New Tours, Our Launch Into The Art/design World And Signing Of One Of The Pioneers Of Chinese Rock
» [2015-05-19] Award-Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC; Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee Returns To China For 7 Dates In Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Guangzhou And Tianjin
» [2015-05-18] Second Hand Rose "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour; China's Boldest Rock Band Will Embark On Their "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour That Will Include One Of Europe's Biggest Festivals, Paleo Festival Nyon 2015
follow MusicDish on