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by Song Dynasty

Song Dynasty's debut album Searching does not want to be easily defined. Not jazz, pop, R&B, World music, hip-hop, Chinese music but all of the above.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fa Su Ha
5:50 $0.99
2. Tango Cha
4:45 $0.99
3. Searching
4:14 $0.99
4. Shake off the Dust
4:38 $0.99
5. I Remember You
3:29 $0.99
6. Flying
4:29 $0.99
7. Heart in Sorrow
4:34 $0.99
8. Ai Ta
7:02 $0.99
9. Summer Ride
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Song Dynasty is a collaborative project between Taiwanese vocalist Li Liu and Canadian guitarist Ben Holt that combines elements of western music with Chinese lyrics.

Inspired by jazz, blues, funk and the lyrics of the Classical Chinese poet Li Qing-Zhao Song Dynasty began in 2015 while Liu and Holt were graduate students at the University of North Texas’ prestigious Jazz Studies Program. Since the project’s inception they have been traveling the world sharing this unique brand Chinese jazz with both English and Chinese speaking audiences to equaled success.


1. Fa Su Ha (Under the Blossom Tree) / 花樹下:
Hakka Song. Music written by Yu-Wei Hsieh, lyrics by Xiu-Ru Gu. It's a song about reminiscing the old times.

2. Tango Cha / 傷心舞曲恰恰恰:
Original song written by Li Liu that uses the latin rhythms of Tango and Cha Cha. The lyrics describe early stages of a romance.

3. Searching / 尋覓:
An original jazz ballad by Li Liu. It’s about the search for peace within oneself

4. Shake Off the Dust / 歎息:
This is an instrumental song by the great jazz drummer and composer Herlin Riley. Li added original lyrics in Mandarin and gave the song a uptempo samba feel. Our trumpeter Kevin Swaim composed the horn lines.

5. I Remember You / 深愛的陌生人:
Classic jazz standard with original lyrics by Li.

6. Flying / 飛呀:
An original song by Ben and Li. The song uses scat syllables only during the verse and Li’s Chinese lyrics in the chorus that describe the sensation of flying. Recorded at Record Chamber in 2017.

7. Heart in Sorrow / 一剪梅:
Our first ever composition. This piece that inspired our band name. An original jazz waltz with lyrics from ancient Chinese poet Li Qing Zhao from the ancient Song Dynasty.

8. Ai Ta (Love Him) / 愛他:
This song began as an impromptu improvisation live on a gig. We were playing duo and decided to improvise something. I turned on the recorder on my phone. What you hear on this recording is basically a transcription of what we played on that gig. Li’s lyrics are the same and the form and guitar riff are the same. This was spontaneous and happened after the album was already finished. We loved it so we booked another session and brought in Mike Luzecky, Dan Porter and Jonny Harmon to play it with us. Kevin Swaim wrote horn parts. This song features and amazing solo by Luzecky.

9. Summer Ride / 夏日騎乘:
An original up tempo swing tune written by Li. The chords are based on Charlie Parker’s classic tune Confirmation. Li’s composition adds in some unique twists and turns in the harmonic structure that make for a fun challenge from the soloists Dan Porter and Ben Holt. The lyrics are inspired by Ben’s recollection of traveling around Li’s home country of Taiwan on motorized scooters during their 2018 tour. Ben was amazed by the hustle and bustle in the dense cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung .

Li Liu - Lead Singer (Taiwan) on 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Benjamin Holt - Guitar (Canada) on 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Dan Porter - Keyboards (America) on 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Corentin le Hir - Bass (France) on 1,2,3,4,5,7,9
Hiroki Kitazawa - Drums (Japan) on 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
Jeff Chang - Saxophone (Taiwan) on 2
Kevin Swaim - Trumpet and Arranger (America) on 4,6,8
Kenny Davis - Trombone (America) on 4,8
Julian Sutherland - Saxophone (America) on 4,6,8
Noe Garcia - Nylon string guitar (Mexico) on 2
Pepe Valdez - Nylon String Guitar (Peru) on 4
Dave Farrell - Bass (Canada) on 6,7
Mike Luzecky - Bass (America) on 8
Jonny Harmon - Drum (America) on 8
Joy Silmon-Harris - Voice (America) on 1
Aquila Hudson - Voice (America) on 1
Dorcas Kemi Oladimeji - Voice (Nigeria) on1

Recording Engineers:
Jason Rochester (lead) at the Mockingbird Sound
Alex Hasting (assistant) at the Mockingbird Sound
Kelly Upshaw (assistant) at the Mockingbird Sound
Jordan O’Leary for song “Flying” recorded at the Record Chamber

Mixing and Mastering:
Matt Pence & Jake Greenberg at the Echo Lab
Jordan O’Leary for song “Flying” mixed at the Record Chamber

Videographer: Willy Chen (Taiwan)
Album Cover Designer: Jessica Tsai (Taiwan)



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