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Asia Beauty

by Ron Korb

This Grammy nominated CD is a beautiful showcase of fascinating exotic and ancient instruments with music inspired by Ron's travels across Asia.
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1. Hanoi Café
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2. Journey Begins
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3. Forbidden Love
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4. Ancient China Prelude
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5. Ancient China
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6. Children's Jig
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7. House of the Five Beauties Prelude
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8. House of the Five Beauties
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9. Two Mountains
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10. Magic Sleep
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11. Palace Garden
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12. Little Jade
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13. The Beautiful Sadness
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14. The Reed Cave
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15. Joyful Rain Prelude
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16. Joyful Rain
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17. Blue Bamboo Prelude
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18. Blue Bamboo
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19. Country Life
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20. The Sword of Heaven Prelude
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21. The Sword of Heaven
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22. Jasmine Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Asia Beauty has been nominated for a Grammy in the 58 Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on Feb 15 2016. In the same way a novel can transport the reader into the world of the narrative Asia Beauty sweeps the listener into a world of imagination. This instrumental album travels from the sultry cafes of Vietnam to ancient palaces in The House Of The Five Beauties to the bamboo forests of Taiwan in Blue Bamboo to the spectacular terraces in China in Two Mountains.

Dramatic melodies are brought to life by the fascinating sounds of the traditional Chinese instruments: dizi, erhu, pipa, yangqin, guzheng and the 5000 year old guqin. Other rare Chinese woodwinds showcased on this album include the bawu (folk clarinet) xun (ceramic vessel flute) and the dadi (bass bamboo flute)

The compositions are the culmination of experience of 13 years of travelling and performing in Asia and working with Chinese musicians. All the photography in the 36 page hardcover digi-book is original and taken during Ron’s travels.

Brilliant performances by Laila Biali, George Koller, Ben Riley, Aidan Mason and Donald Quan complement the talented cast of Canadian Chinese traditional instrumentalists, Wendy Zhao, Zhang Di, Cynthia Qin, Feihong Nan and Xiaoqiu Lin.

“What makes his work truly unique is Ron's ability to reach deep within his spirit to project pure charisma and connect with his audiences. Listeners forget their problems and feel uplifted, rejuvenated and inspired.”
- Beijing Weekend

"Ron Korb is the most marvelous musician I have ever worked with. With his magical flute he captures the essence of East and West and never fails to move his audience."
- Dadawa, Singer, BBC World Music Award nominee and MTV Award winner




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Evelyn

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I can certainly hear why this album has won so many awards. Absolutely world class music from beginning to end and the CD booklet presentation is the best I've seen!
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

A Rare Album
Asia Beauty is one of those rare albums that come into your life once in a life time. Korb has created something magical, mysterious and stunningly beautiful.
From the moment we pull open the doors of Hanoi Café our senses are bathed in this delightfully performed album, this is a perfect starting point for the release.
Journey Begins has a beautiful piano opening; Korb’s flute then takes us on a magical carpet ride across a land that is so steeped in mystery, a beautifully performed composition indeed.
Forbidden Love has a wonderful flowing style to it that almost dances with you like a lover in the dark.
Ancient China Prelude and Ancient China provide you with a real feel for your destination. Korb’s flute transports us around the Ancient heartlands of China with an ease that is so peaceful to be a part of.
Children’s Jig this arrangement has a powerful and danceable Celtic element about it that will please just about everyone.
More stunning compositions float through our already blissful minds, House of the Five Beauties Prelude and House of the Five Beauties. Korb’s sheer brilliance on his flutes, the melody is addictive and the build and progression for me makes this a real stand out track.
Two Mountains is a total classic. Magic Sleep is spellbinding; the ambience created in this piece is so vast.
Palace Garden gives us the beautiful mournful flute of Korb, then the tempo picks up with the next piece Little Jade inspired by his time and performance with the Shanghai based Oriental Angels.
The Beautiful Sadness has a bittersweet narrative to its refrains, with light and shade, you will find a smile and a tear and you will find happiness and heartache, the interplay with emotions is beautifully crafted on this piece.
Korb now goes solo on the track The Reed Cave; here Korb seems to draw the energy out of the cave walls for us.
Joyful Rain Prelude, Joyful Rain, Blue Bamboo Prelude and Blue Bamboo, I thoroughly enjoyed this journey within a journey; Korb’s flute has such a lifting quality about it that it even makes rain sound joyful, and we can also enjoy the plush green forests of Asia with Blue Bamboo as well, once more unto his art, Korb has a style that creates beautiful soundscapes at a whim.
Country Life, Korb has created the energy and essence of a simple life. One can almost sense the carefully balanced energy of a rural existence.
The Sword of Heaven the short form prelude and the them majesty of an 8 minutes plus offering that is simply outstanding in its manifestation of absolute ambience, the careful balance and progression of the instrumentation is something to be admired in its production and Korb’s brilliance of flute here emphasises his skill as a true master of his art.
Jasmine Lullaby, it is a composition that will float around you, while you drift off into a world of blissful calm.
Asia Beauty by Ron Korb has been a journey that I have longed for in music, it transported me to that land and bathed my senses in its stories, tales and mystery, Korb deserves a lot of praise of this release and I urge you all if you have any sense of musical pride to purchase the actual CD, as the booklet that comes with the album contains the story behind each track, and so much work and attention to detail has gone in it.. I know Ron Korb is proud of this release and you will be also if you make Asia Beauty part of your musical library today.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
As the old saying goes: “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and I suppose that extends to CD’s as well. However, its hard not to be extremely impressed with the first impression flutist Ron Korb’s "Asia Beauty" CD makes with its stunning packaging and 36 page booklet with gorgeous full color photos and liner notes. Before even hearing the music, you are drawn into Ron’s world travels to exotic places and spaces. Fortunately, the music is equally impressive as well.

On “Asia Beauty,” Ron and his extensive collection of flutes from around the world are accompanied by a wide variety of Eastern and Western instruments, played by a fine cast of musicians who have performed or recorded with the likes of Sting, Suzanne Vega, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennit, and more. On “The Journey Begins,” Ron writes in the liner notes: “Many of the songs on this album derive their themes from an original story titled “Jade Dragon Flute and the House of The Five Beauties,” which I wrote in a hotel room in Shanghai.” The next 7 songs are like musical chapters in this unfolding story. I want to emphasize that whether it is in his writing or song, storytelling is a strong element in Ron’s creative expression. His music is visually and emotionally evocative, painting exotic soundscapes that draw the listener into their world.

I greatly enjoyed the pleasant pastoral sounds of “Country Life,” with its fusion of 3 different flutes, traditional Asian instruments, two guitars, piano, bass, and percussion. Also along these lines, although certainly not as pastoral is “The Sword of Heaven,” where the drums are much more out front, driving this jazz and rock-influenced fusion. And bringing the vibe down a few notches to put the album to bed is the final track, “Jasmine Lullaby,” which provides the perfect nightcap for this hour and fourteen-minute epic cross-cultural musical journey.

This unique musical blending of East and West is exquisitely composed, arranged, and performed. I highly recommend getting the album in CD form as the artwork, photos, and packaging add another dimension to this masterful multi-media presentation.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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One World Music Radio

One of those rare albums that comes along once in a lifetime
Asia Beauty is one of those rare albums that come into your life once in a life time. Korb has created something magical, mysterious and stunningly beautiful.
From the moment we pull open the doors of Hanoi Café our senses are bathed in this delightfully performed album, this is a perfect starting point for the release.
Journey Begins has a beautiful piano opening; Korb’s flute then takes us on a magical carpet ride across a land that is so steeped in mystery, a beautifully performed composition indeed.
Forbidden Love has a wonderful flowing style to it that almost dances with you like a lover in the dark.
Ancient China Prelude and Ancient China provide you with a real feel for your destination. Korb’s flute transports us around the Ancient heartlands of China with an ease that is so peaceful to be a part of.
Children’s Jig this arrangement has a powerful and danceable Celtic element about it that will please just about everyone.
More stunning compositions float through our already blissful minds, House of the Five Beauties Prelude and House of the Five Beauties. Korb’s sheer brilliance on his flutes, the melody is addictive and the build and progression for me makes this a real stand out track.
Two Mountains is a total classic. Magic Sleep is spellbinding; the ambience created in this piece is so vast.
Palace Garden gives us the beautiful mournful flute of Korb, then the tempo picks up with the next piece Little Jade inspired by his time and performance with the Shanghai based Oriental Angels.
Beauty in Sadness has a bittersweet narrative to its refrains, with light and shade, you will find a smile and a tear and you will find happiness and heartache, the interplay with emotions is beautifully crafted on this piece.
Korb now goes solo on the track The Reed Cave; here Korb seems to draw the energy out of the cave walls for us.
Joyful Rain Prelude, Joyful Rain, Blue Bamboo Prelude and Blue Bamboo, I thoroughly enjoyed this journey within a journey; Korb’s flute has such a lifting quality about it that it even makes rain sound joyful, and we can also enjoy the plush green forests of Asia with Blue Bamboo as well, once more unto his art, Korb has a style that creates beautiful soundscapes at a whim.
Country Life, Korb has created the energy and essence of a simple life. One can almost sense the carefully balanced energy of a rural existence.
The Sword of Heaven the short form prelude and the them majesty of an 8 minutes plus offering that is simply outstanding in its manifestation of absolute ambience, the careful balance and progression of the instrumentation is something to be admired in its production and Korb’s brilliance of flute here emphasises his skill as a true master of his art.
Jasmine Lullaby, it is a composition that will float around you, while you drift off into a world of blissful calm.
Asia Beauty by Ron Korb has been a journey that I have longed for in music, it transported me to that land and bathed my senses in its stories, tales and mystery, Korb deserves a lot of praise of this release and I urge you all if you have any sense of musical pride to purchase the actual CD, as the booklet that comes with the album contains the story behind each track, and so much work and attention to detail has gone in it.. I know Ron Korb is proud of this release and you will be also be if you make Asia Beauty part of your musical library today.
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