MusicDish e-Journal - December 11, 2019
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

Kin Za Za: Crazy Beautiful
By Ben Ohmart
(more articles from this author)
2003-03-14
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

They are called the paradigmatic, mythological, Ambient-World, pop duo. Ambient- classical music if you will. With a touch of trip-hop, electro-celtic sensibility, and a full wave from the groove of Europe's moonlit Nordic boat pulling out of a fantasy-kissed harbor.

Yes, Kin Za Za will make a poet of you.

"The River"
Windows Media Video

Review this Video for a Chance to Win a
Free Kin Za Za CD, VHS Tape & 2 Funky Hats!!!
Submit Your Review Here!!!

'A romance-filled cosmic dream - sometimes elevating, sometimes soothing and nostalgic... classically composed, very texturised, unobtrusive sub bass, sampled and live drums!'

That is how they explain their world to those strangers unfortunate enough not to have experienced the incredible 39 minutes which is Kin Za Za's new & debut master craft. 'Number One in Shambala,' they explain, 'is an album-story/album-vision. It takes us into the minds of holy strangers trapped in grotesque events that depict the illusion of knowledge and the unreality of feelings. The path of this journey is marked by extreme romanticism, extreme nostalgia, extreme wonder, extreme death and extreme subtle humour.'

RealAudio: "Mid Knight"
Review this Song for a Chance to Win a
Free Kin Za Za CD, VHS Tape & 2 Funky Hats!!!
Submit Your Review Here!!!

She (singer Jozeyeland) has the bold majesty of a Taylor Dane and the power and overdubbing patience of a Freddie Mercury. And the appreciation of an audio-art connoisseur. And the European beauty in her vocals of an artist on the (Nordic) North Side label. Jozey explains: 'Our harmonies are very special in the sense that they allow us to experiment with multiple layers of sound endlessly without making our songs sound crowded and complex. Moreover, in the same time this approach gives our music those extra dimensions, which make people discover new things every time they listen to the album.'

"When You Arrive"
Windows Media Video

Review this Video for a Chance to Win a
Free Kin Za Za CD, VHS Tape & 2 Funky Hats!!!
Submit Your Review Here!!!

He (composer Dimitri Soukonnov) weaves a complex otherworld around the diva's worth with more than the skill of a major motion picture composer, calling upon all that classic and manmade audio options can give. And then some. Functioning as their producer Dimitri shows himself as more than an electrical artist. He creates soft melodies that might not seem possible to a mind of wires and monitors. The softness of Number One in Shambala is more than an adventure in sound. It is beauteous.

There isn't a person alive who cannot be captured by the pristine sound of 'When You Arrive,' one of the richest vocal performances on the disc, and a gorgeous arrangement for voice. Thank vocal arranger Jozeyeland for that. As the elegantly attired cd case explains, she takes care of everything vocal while partner Dimitri takes on the remaining sound: guitars, piano, synthesizers, loop construction and bass.

The only big drawback to being taken in by musical genius - and surely this artistically pop duo Must be labeled as such - is that when the sole product is too short, it makes us sad until the next release arrive. How long will that be?

And yet, there is something about this 12-road/track journey that makes the traveling at least double the 39 minutes here. Maybe because the music is so detailed, you can lose yourself in the sound quite, quite easily. Time does not stop, but it does bend.

RealAudio: "Spirit That Left"
Review this Song for a Chance to Win a
Free Kin Za Za CD, VHS Tape & 2 Funky Hats!!!
Submit Your Review Here!!!

How they capture this magic on stage is beyond me. To point to Queen again, there are some bands who make the studio their realm. This is one of the few who brilliantly accomplish it.

One of the finest songs is 'Mirror,' which fully illustrates their vastness in their own surreally romantic style:

Shapes...
Wind...
Light...

Lights have moved
through my eyes

And time and time again
Again and again
joining us together...
It will slip away when you...
If you...
Touch

Thoughts have moved
Through your smile
thoughts have moved
through your smile
Space has moved
through your thoughts
Life has moved
through your hands

Kin Za Za are a foreign film - but only foreign to the USA. They look deeper into the meanings of words and music to assemble works of art that are far more subtle in their third dimensions than the usual Britney Spears push buttons. At times their explanations may sound like the relevant facts to an exhibit of bricks at the Museum of Modern Art, but there is truth beneath the seeming craziness.

For instance, when asked what the band name means, they came up with this: 'The name Kin Za Za is a fruit of imagination. It is an invented word. When one does not know how to name something - one calls it Kin Za Za.' Of course they did go on to admit that 'the name is also distantly derived from an old absurdist, cult film-comedy Kin DZA DZA.'

Of course the disclaimer on the cd tells us we shouldn't get Too serious here: 'Spirituality without humor is like sex without a partner...' You never see REM laughing at their own pretense!

RealAudio: "Elation"
Review this Song for a Chance to Win a
Free Kin Za Za CD, VHS Tape & 2 Funky Hats!!!
Submit Your Review Here!!!

And also: 'In one of the ancient Siberian Shaman cultures, ZA ZA also stood for YIN and YANG. In general, ZA ZA symbolized pagan representation of the entire celestial phenomenon; there was no differentiation between opposites, the two existed simultaneously.'

And yet the two who are Kin Za Za are no opposites. Unless opposites attract. They attracted in November of 1998 when vocalist and instrumentalist sought out to assemble Number One in Shambala. But just what/where is Shambala? Kin Za Za explain that it is 'a place where perfect beings live and are guiding the evolution of humankind. Shambalans acquire such powers as clairvoyance, the ability to disappear at will and above all, have the ability to hear music like no one else.'

But for all their individuality, there are moments when Kin Za Za obviously know how the other half sound. The voice inflections of 'Somewhere' are more current than you might expect in the wake of all the other elegance. Of course the music sets this track apart from usual radio friendly fodder.

Somewhere out there...

There is a house
a river swollen
Look all around
not a soul
not a sound
Giving in...
Faithfully...

"Somewhere"
Windows Media Video

Review this Video for a Chance to Win a
Free Kin Za Za CD, VHS Tape & 2 Funky Hats!!!
Submit Your Review Here!!!

So what's next for the eclectic twosome? Look for a DVD out soon containing videos made for Number One in Shambala. Says Dimitri: 'It's done but I don't think we're going to release it before summer 2003. It has 15 videos, a documentary, a short feature film and a brand new single. Kin Za Za's next album should be released some time in January/February 2004. We're already filming a feature film which will accompany the album. We don't have a title yet. It might come out as a trilogy (3 CD set) with three separate titles. Meantime, we're playing our acoustic songs on the radio as a duo (voice and guitar) and we're preparing for the summer 2003 tour here in Quebec and possibly Canada. We're going to have a one hour special here on Music Plus TV and another special on PBS.'

www.kinzaza.com


Home » Music Spotlight » Kin Za Za: Crazy Beautiful
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=7704
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» Hollywood Heavyweights Launch New Christian Music Label

» Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture

» YG PLUS and Gracenote to Bring K-POP to Fans around the World

» Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017

» HBC Fall Festival Celebrates 12 years of HBC Fest

Music Spotlight Directory



» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia

» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China

» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value

» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR


Micayla De Ette, Star Of The Upcoming Film Hold On, Releases Her New Single And Music Video "Write A Song", Featuring Flavor Flav

AWOLNATION Brings Fans "The Best" / Announces Tour With Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Pianist Luo Tingyuan Actively Advocates Cultural Exchanges On Classical And New Music - A Review For 'Young Professionals On Stage' Recital Series

Deadline Looms For Musicians - The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

C Z A R I N A Releases Samurai Music Film "BLAZE: Dances Of The Yokai"

Stephanie Ryann Releases Her Official Music Video For "Whiskey Regret"

New Jersey Rock Band Scores Endorsement And Big Shows



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

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships