Sizhukong - Chinese Music with a Heart of Pure Jazz Drawing upon the rich improvisatory traditions of Asian music and solid jazz credentials, Sizhukong's music takes you on a magical journey that spans the globe. Led by pianist and Toshiko Akiyoshi Award winner Yuwen Peng, Sizhukong was founded in 2005 by a group of innovative jazz and Chinese music virtuosi who come from different backgrounds but share the same passion and belief in music. Peng Yuwen was born and raised in Taiwan, and graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in composition, jazz theory and jazz piano. Since returning to Taiwan, Yuwen has participated in many concerts, festivals, recordings and educational activities, and has performed in Hong Kong, Macao, Dubai, and at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2005. In addition to regular performances of her own compositions with jazz ensembles, Yuwen is also working on a variety of genre-crossing projects, particularly involving the combination of jazz with traditional Chinese music. Sizhukong has been invited to perform at numerous iInternational musical festivals, including the 2009 Penang Island Jazz Festival in Malaysia, 2009 Jazz Music Festival in Shanghai, 2008 Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, 2008 Jarasum Jazz Festival in Korea, 2008 National Theater Summer Jazz Festival in Taipei, 2007 Zhu Jia Jiao Water Village World Music Festival in Shanghai, 2007 Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan, and 2005 Taipei Arts Festival. In 2007, the group released it's first album, the anonymously eponymously titled 'Sizhukong', which caught the attention of music lovers and critics alike, and was nominated for two Golden Melody Awards. This second album, "Paper Eagle" (an old fancy word for a kite), continues the elegant and variant music styles already forged in the first one, but weaves even more African and Latin music elements into traditional Taiwanese and Chinese ones. In "Marketplace" as well as in "Hakka Mountain Song", the South African musician Mogauwane Mahloelo makes a distinguished his contribution distinguishably. And the surprisingly harmonic fusion of traditional Hakka music with Mogauwane's singing proves that the musical experiment of Sizhukong is still advancing. In "Paper Eagle" and "Rainbow Dress Rhapsody", we can easily sense the samba pulse, but what is novel in theise two tunes is that the traditional Chinese instruments swing with the it! With the energy and accuracy brought by these musicians, Sizhukong brings new life to traditional Chinese music. A part fromIn addition to Yuwen's compositionsinput, the bassist Martijn Vanbuel contributes two pieces, "Drifting" and "Deer Harbor". The two versions of "Drifting" show what incredibly that the abundant flavors that different instrumentation can produceachieve is incredible,. aAnd the contemporary harmony played by traditional instruments in "Deer Harbor" gives the song an unexpected color. According to the Chinese custom, people fly "paper eagles" (kites) on the Grave Sweeping Festival-a festival for worshipping ancestors. People would write all their misfortunes they have on the kites, and wishing all their unhappiness be cast away when the kites fly off over the horizon. Let the music of Sizhukong be the wind to carry away all your worries. Enjoy!