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String Theory


Led by a classically trained erhu player from Beijing, this quartet plays a blend of classical Chinese and American roots rock, bluegrass, jazz, and ethnic folk influences. Instruments include erhu,mandolin,guitars,banjo,bass,woodwinds,percussion with voc
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance Eva Dance
4:09 $0.99
2. Golden Mountain
3:37 $0.99
3. Das Beast
4:19 $0.99
4. Evening Fragrance
3:36 $0.99
5. Adeodatus
2:56 $0.99
6. Snow
4:39 $0.99
7. Precious Water
5:42 $0.99
8. Ari Scherzo
0:49 $0.99
9. Dogs in the Oven
4:25 $0.99
10. Immigrant Song
3:12 $0.99
11. DNA
4:15 $0.99
12. Two Countries
4:40 $0.99
13. Happiness
1:55 $0.99
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XD WEI is a 4-pc. combo from Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 2006 from the ashes of 'Alt-Chamber Music' trio called 'WEI', 'XD WEI' has an unlikely and flummoxing sound that draws from each member's diverse background. The sound has been described as "undescribable". Led by classically trained erhu player and vocalist, Xiao Dong Wei, the band utilizes Paul Henry Ossy's (an original member from 'WEI')strong jazz/prog-rock tendencies on mandolin,woodwinds & percussion. Paul has recorded with Catalyst and plays mandolin on the White Stripes' 2nd cd, De Stijl. R. Leo Gillis plays bass and sings. Djeto Juncaj plays guitars,banjo,qyteli,etc. and has recorded and performed with Granfalloon, Immigrant Suns and CIA to name a few. All four members contribute to songwriting duties and Xiao Dong sings in Mandarin and English.
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Claude Emond (AKA Erhu the Apprentice)

The musical physics of String Theory - Antigravity Wonders
String Theory is breaking new grounds. The most progressive use of erhu I have ever heard. It goes behond erhu soloist Weiwei Wuu's modern sounds. It also has echoes of the 1996 Grammy Award nominated «Tabula Rasa» effort of Jie Bing Chen and Bela Fleck (particularly in the «banjo and mandolin-accompanied» erhu playing). Xiao Dong's mix of erhu playing and Chinese singing rivals the Juno Award nominated work of the Orchid Ensemble. Touches of Gothic sounds, particularly in the song Precious Water, promise to haunt you for a long time. There is even a Rock N'Roll piece, the erhu adaptation of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song. Very amazing mix of «East meets West» music played skillfully by seasoned musicians. Must has been fun to record...and it is a very pleasing experience listening to this experimental wonder ! Many kudos for this marvelously peculiar recording. I am sure it will satisfy all listeners looking for some refreshing new sounds.


Unique, Groundbreaking Music + Virtuoso Prize Winning Physics
String Theory, a unique blend of East and West, is at once as exotic as the Forbidden City yet as comfortable as an old pair of blue jeans. Unlike XD’s earlier CD, Erhu Solo, this is a group effort. But just like that CD, it is the grace and fire of XD’s outstanding musicianship that makes this CD special. From the psychedelic Precious Water to the hootenanny of Happiness to the hard rocking DNA, String Theory runs a stylistic gamut. There is even a version of the Led Zeppelin classic, Immigrant Song, that you have to hear to believe.
String Theory is an eclectic tour de force by the undisputed champion of the erhu, Xiao Dong Wei. Five Stars.