Sunday, April 25, 2010

MoShang Zhao ambiant musician

MoShang Zhao ambiant musician, originally uploaded by rafeejewell.

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moshang zhao group Shang's Gang

Beautiful Substance Club is the perfect setting for ambiant music by MoShang Zhao. MoShang is a real life musician selling albums of his ethereal haunting ambiant music on the web.

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raftwet at MoShang Zhao concert

Jazzy, with an Asian touch, MoShang brings a classy air to any venue he plays. Second Life is very lucky to have him here bringing his brand of chill to the grid.

rafee at moshang zhao ambiant music concert at substance club

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raftwet at substance club

Thank you Kirin Serevi for bringing the best musicians to your club, Substance.


More Info from the MoShang Zhao, the Sound Jeweler:::::::

MoShang is a sound jeweler living in Taiwan. He collects rough audio diamonds from the streets of Taiwan (be they overheard conversations, street-ads blared from the ubiquitous blue-trucks, street processions or funeral chants) and fuses them with traditional Chinese instruments and laid-back beats to create a unique blend of downtempo electronica he likes to call Chinese Chill.

MoShang is the Chinese moniker of Jean Marais, who began as a choral singer in the early 1980s in Cape Town, South Africa – at which time he acquired his first computer, a Commodore VIC-20. It would take some time, however, for his love of music and computers to find its ideal expression.  Marais first earned acclaim as lead singer/frontman of the South African art-rock band Duusman and as saxophonist for the group Tsunami; he also served as producer on three award-winning albums honoring poet Breyten Breytenbach and formed half of the Afrikaans pop duo 12Hz.  He garnered South Africa’s prestigious Avanti Award for his score to the short film “Angels in a Cage.”  Most recently, his music was selected for two episodes of the  HDTV Discovery Channel production “Fantastic Festivals Of The World” currently airing in the USA and soon worldwide.

Marais relocated to the Taiwanese city of Taichung three years ago; his first release as MoShang, “Made in Taiwan,” was released on his Onse Plate (Afrikaans for “Our Records”) imprint in 2004. His second, "Chill Dynasty" was released in September 2006.


Praise for MoShang's new album, "Chill Dynasty" (Onse Plate 2006):

"Chill Dynasty is a multi-layered, mystical, playful collection of pieces that are quietly stated yet astonishing in their complexity."
~ Jennifer Layton ~

"This album is a daring pursuit for any compilation let alone any individual artist but luckily MoShang manages to explore mainly unchartered territory and has found something unique and fresh. With its layered beats over traditional oriental musical instruments and with a touch of electronica thrown in for good measure Chill Dynasty will be a true delight to any ‘Chinese Chillout’ fan."
~ Christina Warner ~

Chill Dynasty proves MoShang’s consistent quality and mastery as an artist, composer, and producer. Meet the Eastern world’s Sven Van Hees – MoShang proves Chill Dynasty a classic beyond its time.
~ Tim Quigley ~


MoShang is generally available for performances in SL during the following time slots:
 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5pm (SLT) to 10:30pm (SLT); Fridays 9pm (SLT) to 2am (SLT); Saturdays 5pm (SLT) to 2am (SLT).


For more info, visit MoShang on the web at:

Written by : MoShang Zhao

techno convention may 2, 2010

techno convention may 2, 2010, originally uploaded by rafeejewell.

4th techno convention in second life

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dj booth at united beats openstage

A sleepy Sunday morning after waffles, fresh strawberries and a nice cup of tea, I headed for Vania's United Beats Openstage venue for chill tunes with the minimalist crowd.

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DJ McRave Zeplin was spinning for the fans. The brown distressed landscape of buildings was highlighted with an eerie pink glow and punctuated with yellow lights.

raftwet jewell at united beats openstage

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I noticed the sign announcing the 4th Second Life Techno Convention coming up soon on May 2, 2010. A bevy of minimal techno dj's were slated to spin. Sounds like a good party, peeps! Woot!