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Spring Snowfall

Liu Sola

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Album Review

A typically revolutionary Liu Sola album, Spring Snowfall places her challenging compositions in the nimble hands of Wu Man, master of the harp-like Chinese pipa. At times almost excruciatingly beautiful, at other times frustratingly difficult, the album is meant to convey the depth of expression of Chinese ink painting — at times "wild and rough like an ink splash," at others "extremely fine and detailed like fine brushwork." The results are jarring, but ultimately effective, moving from pastoral simplicity to effects-laden dissonant noise with no notice whatsoever. Intriguing in an avant-garde sort of way, but not recommended for traditionalists.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The musical traditions of China have been blended with jazz, blues, and improvisation by composer, author, and vocalist Liu Sola. Her recordings have spanned from multicultural treatments of the blues — Blues in the East, recorded with guitarist James Blood Ulmer, Parliament-Funkadelic drummer Jerome Bailey, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, avant-garde saxophonist Henry Threadgill, and vocalist Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets, and produced by Bill Laswell, to psychedelic Chinese rock, China Collage....
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Spring Snowfall, Liu Sola
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Dec 05, 2000

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