MusicDish e-Journal - May 25, 2016
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Buffalo Rome China Tour 2014 Retrospective
From Nashville to China, East meets West in the Concert Hall
By Buffalo Rome
(more articles from this author)
2014-06-11
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

During their 2014 China Tour, the Country stars from Nashville Buffalo Rome came to Guangzhou and Beijing to combine their unique harmonies and country tunes with the timeless sound of some of the best orchestras in China. This May they performed with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the China Philharmonic under the guidance of maestro Long Yu, continuing a cooperation they struck in 2012 when working with the Shanghai Symphony for Shanghai's MISA festival.

The experiences all three members of Buffalo Rome made during this year's tour were nothing but positive. After the performances, Michael Visconti, Kevin Douglas and Mark Schaffel had nothing but praise for the world-class musicians of the orchestras, Long Yu and their Chinese audiences. Having played with the Shanghai Symphony before, Buffalo Rome knew the musical land mines inherent with combining a pop/country band and a large orchestra. Therefore, during this go round in Guangzhou and Beijing, the musicians knew what to expect and how to deal with the challenges: "We weren't as nervous [as the first time in Shanghai]. But it was still incredibly exciting to hear the first notes of the orchestra. All of the players are so talented and we felt so lucky to be playing with them", mentioned Michael Visconti after the band's first rehearsal in Guangzhou.

On the night of May 22nd, Buffalo Rome and the Guangzhou Symphony were ready to take China's South by storm. In retrospect, Kevin Douglas, guitarist and singer, said: "The rush of adrenaline you feel as you take the stage never gets old. The crowd was absolutely fantastic and their energy fueled the performance! It was so much fun hearing the crowd's reaction to "The Paradise", a song that Mike sings in Mandarin. That song is so beautiful that I think any audience, regardless of culture, could feel what that song is about."

Guangzhou baffled the band with its unique contemporary architecture, passionate audience and delicious Guangdong food. From here Buffalo Rome went straight to Beijing to play with the China Philharmonic on its 14th anniversary gala on May 25th, again conducted by Long Yu. After great rehearsals, the band was faced with the challenge of performing with the finest musicians of the middle kingdom. As pianist and vocalist Mark Schaffel stated from a musical perspective: "The biggest challenge for myself was not only performing my piano parts and singing harmonies but also keeping a watchful eye on Maestro Yu's baton without losing focus on the audience for whom we were performing."

Kevin Douglas retrospect of the concert has nothing but praise: "It felt great singing "Rhinestone Cowboy" and hearing the beautiful tapestries of the orchestra behind us! Yu Long navigated the musical waters masterfully, and any fears or nervousness I was feeling gave way to pure joy. There were so many magical moments, but the one that stood out to me was the first chorus of "Sweet Baby James". I felt like I was at the summit of Everest, overcome with a sense of awe and humility. It was also a blast seeing the crowd and the other players getting into "Country Roads"! Yu Long was exploding with emotion, wielding his baton like a sorcerer with lightning! The crowd really seemed to love it and it felt great to make a musical connection with them."

"The performance was amazing. It might've been the best ever. It was the birthday celebration of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and we got to sing happy birthday to them at the end. We started out with the typical birthday song family went into the Beatles so they say it's your birthday and they loved it. Long Yu was jumping around and was having so much fun! The audience enjoyed it as well. We did three encores!' Michael Visconti added. In retrospect and after a very successful concert with the China Philharmonic, Mark Schaffel found befitting words to sum up the tour: "Maestro Yu is an awesome guy. He welcomed us with open arms, was always willing to accept input. Our arranger in Nashville, Carl Marsh, did a hell of a job bringing our idea for the program to life and combining the Aaron Copland pieces with our own interpretation of the pop country tunes into a greater whole. If anyone deserves credit for the tour's success, he does."

"Looking back, it was really an amazing trip and musical journey. I love the fact that music is a bridge that unites people and allows the sharing of the human experience. I really hope we get an opportunity to come back and share in some more musical memories!" Kevin Douglas added.

For Buffalo Rome, their tour through Guangzhou and Beijing was a full success. The band got to play with some of the best musical talents in the East while immersing themselves in the contrast of China's millennia old and contemporary cultures in between concerts. They feel nothing but respect and love for their fellow Chinese musicians and local audience and are definitely planning to come back by the end of next year with a new program and many more Chinese songs.

Related News from Mi2N:
» Buffalo Rome Is Taking China By Storm


Home » MusicDish*China » Buffalo Rome China Tour 2014 Retrospective
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=13624
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

MusicDish*China

» MusicDish Yaogun Adds Chinese Rock on Colectivo Bunka USB Vol. 6th Asia Music Compilation

» New Online Ticketing System In Hong Kong Offers Enhanced User Experience And Lower Promoter Fees

» Tou-JAM Presents Legendary DJ Scratchy

» AdShare Appoints June Zhan Head Of New Taiwan Office

» Planetrox China 2016 Semi-Final

MusicDish*China Directory



» [2016-05-25] Brownswood Launches Second "Future Bubblers" Music Discovery Program; The Project Speaks To The Creativity, Enterprise And Vibrancy Of Music Scenes Bubbling Under The Surface Of Towns Across The Country

» [2016-05-24] MusicDish Yaogun Adds Chinese Rock On Colectivo Bunka USB Vol. 6th Asia Music Compilation; The Special Anniversary Edition Features Three Very Different Chinese Rock Bands That Continue To Shape The Scene

» [2016-05-22] Kobalt Offers Creators Real-Time Earnings & Data Reporting; Mobile App Allows Artists And Songwriters To Track Their Earnings, Synch Activity, YouTube And Music Usage, All In Real Time

» [2016-05-15] New Online Ticketing System In Hong Kong Offers Enhanced User Experience And Lower Promoter Fees; A Hong Kong Music Promoter Has Teamed Up With A Canadian Electronic Ticketing Provider To Offer A New System

» [2016-05-15] Ryan West Video Shows How To Add 'Transformer Color' In A Mix; Tips Video Shows How Transformer Saturation Along With Analog Summing Adds Sonic Dimension To A Mix

» [2016-05-15] Tou-JAM Presents Legendary DJ Scratchy; Join The Tour DJ For The Clash On His First Ever China Tour In Shanghai On Friday, May 27th

» [2016-05-15] AdShare Appoints June Zhan Head Of New Taiwan Office; AdShare Signs "King Of Asian Pop" Jay Chou And His Record Label JVR Music

» [2016-05-15] CMA Research Shows Country Music Consumers Spend More On Music; Key Findings Also Indicate Variations In Listening Platform Use

» [2016-05-15] Dippso.com Blurs The Line Between Search & Streaming; Users Of Dippso.com Can Search The Platform's Vast Discography Metadata

» [2016-05-10] Nominations Now Open For 2017 She Rocks Awards; Celebrating Its 5th Anniversary, The Annual She Rocks Awards Pay Tribute To Women Who Display Leadership And Stand Out Within The Music Industry

» [2016-05-09] Planetrox China 2016 Semi-Final; 10 Hopeful Bands Fight For Their Dream Of Participating In Envol Et Macadam Festival In Canada This September

» [2016-05-08] Winners Announced For The First Annual Live Music Industry Awards; Canadian Music Week Announced The Winners Of The 1st Annual Live Music Industry Awards
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

Colectivo Bunka Worldwide Releases USB Vol. 6th Special Anniversary Edition

Registration Closing For 21st Annual USA Songwriting Competition

"Live & Die": Alessandro Bagagli Announces His New Album Out June 10, 2016

Jazz & Beyond Reinterpretation Of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon

Indie Folk Artist Releases Cancer Tribute

Corey Andrew Commands "Everybody Up!" With His First Solo Dance Single On Xcalibur Records

New Album "Believe In His Promises" The Mighty Men Of Faith



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2015 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships