Donohoe | Shi Jing: Ancient Book of Songs

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Shi Jing: Ancient Book of Songs

by Donohoe

Confucius surrounded by synths, drums, guitars, and beautiful voices.
Genre: World: Asian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Minnow Net
4:04 $0.99
2. Strike the Drum
4:24 $0.99
3. Moon Rising White
4:21 $0.99
4. Cypress Boat
5:17 $0.99
5. Gathering White Aster
4:24 $0.99
6. Heaven
4:14 $0.99
7. Storm
6:31 $0.99
8. Man at Arms
4:29 $0.99
9. Northern Wind
4:40 $0.99
10. Cherry Tree
5:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 2006 a historic work Shi Jing Ancient Book of Songs, was released to the world. From the Ancient past of China came the songs and poetry over 4,000 years old. This masterful Shi Jing text then inspired the exotic music created by the pioneering musician: Donohoe.
This album weaves the songs together like the chapters of a book. Each song takes on the characteristics of the Shi Jing poem from which inspired it. To fully enjoy the music it should be played from beginning to end, from cover to artful cover. Instruments like the Chinese Pipa and the Erhu are matched with synthesizers, electric bass, drum set, vocals, and more. You can hear the voices of an ancient people sing with a modern sound.

"The dust removed
The words revealed
The message clear"

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Shi Jing: Ancient Book of Songs

Stand out tracks/fan favorites –
Minnow Net
Strike the Drum
Moon Rising White
Cypress Boat
Northern Wind

The artist behind Shi Jing Ancient Book of Songs –
Colin O’Donohoe
His work has already been heard in such marvelous places as the Carnegie Music Hall, and his clear artistic vision lead to the creation of a celebrated Asian orchestra in the US: New Moon Orchestra for which he was the conductor.
After working with this group his intense interest in Asian music and philosophy lead him to the recording of his debut solo album Shi Jing Ancient Book of Songs.



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Jason L.

Simply Amazing!
I've never heard an album like this. I just hope they release more like this


Love it!
It's because of artists like this that I love independent labels!! You have to check this album out as I doubt you've heard much like it.


really cool mix
This poetry is very old. It was nice to see that Donohoe used the traditioal Mandarin and not our more modern Chinese. It definitely gives it a more authentic sound when the woman speaks in a more traditional way.
I haven't seen too many americans interested in this kind of stuff. I'm really glad to see this group perform such old poetry in such a new way. I didn't love every song on the album, but I think it was all very cool and well done.
If you are interested in this music, you should check out the real text to see all of the poems.
Very cool project


Most creative thing I've heard in a while
I was referred to this artist by a friend. I wasn't sure what to think of a cd called "Shi Jing" either.
But, it really is a cool album. I LOVE the idea that he took some ancient poems and made them new again.
My absolute fav song is "Minnow Net"
If you like the same ol' stuff, don't buy this. If you're looking for something great and new, buy it!

Kate Jess

Great tracks!
I was introduced to this by an artist friend. Great tracks! Keep it up!

Ariel Publicity

“Donohoe mixes styles both ancient and modern, utilizing ethnic instruments alongside modern synth, drum, bass & guitar to create a unique and unusual recording.” –Wildy’s World