HI, my name is , from a city in
I've graduated from Beijing Contemporary Music
Institute Jazz Department in 2002, major is jazz drum , and then I gone to the
Europe to continue study jazz, I ever study in Rhythmic Music Conservatory in
Copenhagen, DJAM Music School in Amsterdam, now I'm studying in Advanced Class
of Vienna Music Institute. I saw your website and I I totally agree with your
mostly opinions about Mr. Chinese Night Club Owner and jazz situation in China.
it's truth, modern China still is very young country and has so many things to
learn from western country, especially
jazz. jazz music just is a new thing in china, so young and feel fresh, most of
people couldn't understand or they don't want to understand, but I still
remember my professor Izumi Koga's saying,( he's Japanese who graduated from
Berklee Music College in Boston, now he is dean of jazz department in Beijing
Contemporary Music Institute) he told me if you want to be a good musician or
good drummer, you must study jazz music,
because jazz is so depth, so
mysterious, like ocean, including any kinds of music elements, if you could play
jazz music then you could play any kinds of music. I couldn't understand what he
said at the beginning, but now I've knew it.
I think nowadays mostly so call Chinese musician or jazz
musicians in china whom don't have much patience to do music, they just think
about the money, they just think enough as they grasped a few techniques and
basic methods of jazz instruments, they don't want to get much progress, they
don't want to spend much time in practice, that's really terrible I think!!
I could watch many different good jazz Live in |Europe ,
especially in Vienna, this city like big stage, many excellent musicians from
different country, mostly from NYC. I really like American jazz, I think is
quite different from European jazz, after all jazz original from America, from
black man, they really got lot of soul in jazz. and in other side, I can get
many information and music magazine, music text book ,cds in Europe, I could
learn lot of thins, but I can't get these in China, that's why I want to study
jazz in western country. there are a lot of young Chinese people studying abroad
but the vast majority of them is studying subjects unrelated to the arts,
moreover those studying music are mostly studying classical music, the number of
people choosing modern music is in deed very limited, as I know I am the first
Chinese student who study jazz in my school, my professor feels so surprise, he
unexpectedly has jazz in China.
I've been Shanghai last summer, but I feel so disappointed about jazz in Shanghai, usually people think about Shanghai is the best city for jazz in China, but I don't think so, although has lot of jazz bar and band in Shanghai, but they are not professional, some band so amateurish ( of course including some western player ) , I think is not real jazz what they play, they even don't have any rehearsal, just play same tune everyday. I've have a talk with a drummer in Shanghai, he told me directly, in Shanghai, money is very important, we play jazz just for money, because Shanghainers very rich, they willing pay much money to listen jazz, but they don't know nothing about jazz. I think he said its truth!!! just for money! I don't like Shanghai, after all most of Chinese couldn't understand, most of club owner couldn't understand, they would like to give much money to foreigners, they like foreigners because they think people who got western face is very popular in China, like as your complain, club owner willing paid the terrible pop singer from Canada 6000 for one night, that's really unfair!!!!!!it's really hard to communicate with Chinese club owner unless you lost your principle, I'm native Chinese, so I know them, they are really typical Chinese business man.
I can't express myself very well in English, hope you could
understand what I mean.
but just complain is useless I think, it's hard to change jazz situation in China for a short time, but I think it will be getting better and better.
I know many western musicians
come to China whom really want to improve and help Chinese musician and jazz
atmosphere like you., I really hope have more and more Chinese people love jazz,
more and more Chinese musicians could study in the western country in the
future, I want to go back to China to play music, I don't want to live in
Europe, I think is good for study
but now good for live in Europe. I never been to Shenzhen, but I want to go
there, want to make new friend and good musicians, I think has many opportunity
in China to do jazz. could you introduce some band to me I can join them and
find a good place to play? I don't know anyone in Shenzhen, I will be finish my
school in a few month, I hope we can meet in Shenzhen, I think you are
intelligence and funny when I saw your website, you got young heart!! I'm just
23 years old, too young for you, hope you don't mind the age, I want to play
with in someday, lets keep in touch!!