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A Flute Enthusiast

Most recently, I did 2 small project with wind instruments.  There is the music video of me trying a song called “Lord of the Dance” on an alto recorder flute. I really love the location where the video was taken: an area in the north of Lyon with numerous fish ponds. It is the place where my hubby and I would go for a half day biking, well, 1/3 of the time biking and 2/3 looking for bugs and birds.

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Well, let’s get to the music playing:

The cows loved my playing!

 

And then, there is the original composition by me called “Salin de Giraud”

Salin de Giraud is a small French town near Camargue, south France, home to the pink flamingos which live around the salty water. Their red color is said to be from eating the red algae which grows only in shallow sea water. In the recording, I was using the crystal flute sample. It is amazingly natural and even resembles the songs from the flamingos at some point.

If you play any kind of flute, or if you know someone who plays very well, feel free to send me a message, because I would really love to collaborate with you!

 

 

 

Videotaping with the bird

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Check out the video on YouTube, Keeper of Flames, or Bilibili, 守焰人.

I have been listening to Julie Elven’s (original) Keeper of Flames for about 2 years. It becomes an urge for me as a musician to do something with such good music. Therefore, with the approval of Julie Elven herself, here comes the cover of this song in a jazzy style.
While shooting the video I had the idea of bringing Mutyi, my cockatiel, into the scene. It was the worst decision of the day, trying to get her to stay put and not fly away while also keeping up with playing the music. But that is because Mutyi is her Papa’s bird who doesn’t care much about staying next to me on the shaky stand. So I tried the other bird, Koi, and she seemed to be OK with it. Koi is also featured in the following video where she is performing a color distinguishing trick: Cockatiel Telling Colors Trick. No one on YouTube has ever done such sophisticated multi-color tricks with a cockatiel before!

Hope you enjoy the videos!

Piano Droplets CD digipack

Finally!

After 5 years being a composer I finally have my CD professionally made in France.

Many thanks to my packaging designer (myself) and my husband who helped me and let me spend a sh*t load of money on their manufacturing.

Now You can buy the physical CD on Bandcamp ,

or buy only the digital album on:

Bandcamp

CD Baby

iTunes

Amazon

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You can also listen to it on Spotify.

A Night in Merzouga

 

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(Through a school window in Marrakech.  Photo by Szabolcs Horvát)

Here is the link to my latest composition: A Night in Merzouga (Unlike in a recipe blog, I FIRST present my recipe, then write about every single thought I had during the day).

I have always preferred to listen to a piano solo. However, as a composer, I have many times seen the limit of my instrument. The piano is a powerful tool, but not omnipotent. In “A Night in Merzouga”, for example, the piano has talked a lot, like a stranger trying to paint a foreign world with his own words, but you don’t feel enough of it.  When wearing VR glasses, you can sometimes see the pixels of a movie. That’s like the piano effect to me, a “virtual” reality. Sometimes I find it important to stick to a solo instrument so other people can play it more easily. You can build a crystal castle with one kind of transparent shining stones which looks fantastic, and so can you build your style with one instrument. But the monotonous result simply doesn’t have the earthy feel that I missed from many places. My ears dig other sounds, too, and I allow them.

Let me show you some of the instruments I am gathering in this music:

  • Riq: an Arabic tambourine. Unlike the tambourine I have seen in the jazz band back in ND, it has fewer and bigger jingles. It was originally used in Egypt, but used in many other Arabic cultures.

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    (picture from Wikipedia)
  • Drums. This is a picture taken by Sz in Merzouga. It is THAT night I am talking about,druming with some Nomads in the Sahara. I don’t know the exact name to these drums, but I think they are leather drums.dsc_2941
  • Krakebs. It is my first time seeing them. I found them throughout the souks in Marrakesh and in the dessert as well. They are the Berber version of the high-hat.

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    (picture from Wikipedia)

A friend of mine told me how she felt about the percussion. “Being kidnapped” she said.

This guy plays great piano solo

By accident, a pianist Carlos Marquez found my CD on Bandcamp, and bought my album with the music scores. Later he contacted me and sent me a recording of Water Lily from his studio. It was a blast. It was my first time hearing someone play my composition better than my own recording, even though some parts are treated very differently as what I would have done.  It was truly an amazing moment. If you love impressionism, classical, colorful and soft tunes, make sure to check out his collection of recordings on SoundCloud.

 

Game Music

How to get people to listen to your music, probably in a cycle, for 100+ times without getting crazy:) ? The answer is given as the title of this post.

Last week I was making some music for a  game that a friend’s company recently developed. The company’s name is “C-peak”, previously they made gaming illustrations and 3D modeling.  It is a lovely android game called “Yi Zhan Feng Shen”(一战封神). In the game you fight with the powerful or the sexy spirits from the legends of China.

I will upload the tracks after it is officially launched.

I just love their graphics!

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You can download the game from here: http://www.yoyou.com/game/yzfs/

Music made all over the world

Norway, Malta, US, now I am in France, which means the 4th time selling/ buying a piano 🙂 Think I could make a living flipping pianos? I’ve got so much experience!

Just updating my website with some recent compositions. I would like to notice you that the first song “Southern Wind, Northern Sand” features me playing the soprano recorder, an instrument I practiced a lot recently.

Many thanks to my husband who let me steal his precious photos from our Morocco trip, which is by the way, the inspiration of “Southern Wind, Northern Sand”. We were trapped in a Sahara sand storm in the middle of the dessert, and therefore had to (with great pleasure) play drums with two Nomad kids, in a tent with sand and wind coming in and out the whole time.

 

 

Another thing I would like to share is a video of me playing “Grassy Green’, a composition inspired by a poet friend of mine. You can find her here. The poem has the same name, in Chinese it’s “草青”

I really enjoy her writings, but chances are you do not know the language, so the only way is to listen to the music 🙂