A Moving Sound | Songs Beyond Words

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Songs Beyond Words

by A Moving Sound

“an exciting new development in the progression of Chinese music…. joyous, evocative and enchanting.” The New York Public Theater
Genre: World: Asian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Market Song
3:39 album only
2. Ku-Chin
5:31 album only
3. Interplanetary Heart
5:30 album only
4. Silk Road
8:53 album only
5. Dombra
5:14 album only
6. Sleepless Night
5:53 album only
7. Awakening
4:46 album only
8. Ganesh
6:00 album only
9. Wedding Celebration
6:21 album only
10. Fire Dance
5:07 album only


Album Notes
A Moving Sound's music is now distributed through Motema music, please go to motema (dot) com and find us in their artist section to purchase our music THANKS!

A Moving Sound's new CD "Songs Beyond Words" comes in a beautiful oversized package w/booklet designed by Grammy nominated package designer Shiao Chin Yang.

A Moving Sound had a wonderful showcase at WOMEX 2006, a respected world music conference held in Sevilla, Spain. As a
result much has happened recently including our appearance on Public Radio International http://www.theworld.org/?q=node/8362

More exciting news is that A Moving Sound will be presented on a program produced by Lonely Planet for The Discovery Channel called "Six Degrees". This show will begin in early 2007 and repeat for a year in 100 countries with an estimated viewing audience of 500,000. Also A Moving Sound was featured in the Feb 2007 issue of Global Rhythm Magazine.

Check our website for North American tour info for July 2007.

Here are a few edited reviews:

“an exciting new development in the progression of Chinese music…. joyous, evocative and enchanting.”
The New York Public Theater

“A Moving Sound is one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today …… … forges an important new musical dialogue.”
Tom Pryor music suppervisor for National Geographic's World Music web site, past editor of Global Rhythm Magazine

“overwhelmingly received.… Chicago's reaction to A Moving Sound was a joy to see.”
Brian Keigher-, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

“powerful and beautifully touching….. Mia's voice soars”

Alan Davis Small World Music Festival, Toronto

“students recount having goose bumps throughout the show. The concert was truly incredible.”
Rachel Ruggles, Simmons College, Boston

Shen Don, or as it translates in English, A Moving Sound, is a performance company based in Taipei, Taiwan. A Moving Sound has created a new musical expression that fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian musical ideas in inspired and engaging modern song compositions. Songs are performed on Chinese instruments such as the vertically held and bowed erhu and the Chinese guitar known as zhong ruan, as well as Western instruments. Transcendent vocals and dance by lead singer Mia Hsieh, transport listeners to and beyond the Far East to where only the highest art can take us.

The modern world has turned its’ eyes towards the Far East with China exploding rapidly in its’ economy and culture. Musically however, the world knows this region for either traditional music or music that, for the most part, copies western ideas. A Moving Sound has attracted international attention for opening a door to this unexplored territory with a music that is both ethnic and intensely passionate and creative. Audiences and critics are thrilled to see this new musical art based on melodies and instruments from the Far East.



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a genuinely beautiful production. grateful to be able to please my ears with the presence of this music.


I love this CD.

John Hightower

Accessible Asian Music; High Production Values
The use of acoustic guitar as the dominant stringed instrument makes this CD friendly to an American ear. The production values seem to be very high. If you like music with a difference, this would be a good choice.

Jim Chen

Artistic innovative music
I'm just a CD Baby Buyer but i thought i'd share that I love this CD and listen to it alot. I want to comment that I agree with John Hightower's review that it is accessible to American ears but i must disagree and say that I feel the erhu is more dominant than the acoustic guitar and also that there is alot of Zhong ruan, the chinese guitar...but in any case it all works together well and i think you'll really enjoy it. Also there is a certain spiritual quality that makes it good for repeated listenings.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Giving a stunning performance at the annual World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Seville, Spain in October 2006, A Moving Sound demonstrated their ability to transfix their audience with a mesmerizing integration of Chinese tradition and contemporary folk. Driven by a high-spirited, unrestrained passion for celebrating the exquisite properties of dissonance wrapped thoughtfully within properly-earned dramatic tension, they combine multiple harmonic languages, drawing from the pentatonic basis of Chinese music but not allowing the music to be limited by its implications. This dynamic group maximizes the haunting and often brittle, sharp melodic quality of traditional Chinese music, such as the cry of the erhu, giving it good reason to converse with acoustic guitar and other “Western” folk predispositions. This blending of the two stylistic vocabularies integrates all elements so naturally and gracefully that the lines between the genres and centuries of time are transparent and permeable. Nothing short of visionary, their music is not only brave but humble, challenging the voices of their chosen instruments all the while respecting the inherent nature of each one, in order to allow it to be what it is, regardless of exceptional, musically-ambitious stretching.