Twelve Girls Band – Twelve Girls of Christmas

diciembre 20, 2008 at 12:30 am (Navidad, Twelve Girls Band)

Hasta acá por hoy los aportes de David. Gracias David

1. Joy to the World
2. First Noel
3. Christmas Eve
4. All I Want for Christmas Is You
5. Silent Night
6. White Christmas
7. Koibito Ga Santa Claus
8. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
9. Jingle Bells
10. Shiroi Koibito Tachi
11. Last Christmas
12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)



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Twelve Girls Band – Shanghai

junio 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm (Twelve Girls Band)

Y este es un aporte de David para el blog. Thanks

The Twelve Girls Band signifies the symbolic choice of a dozen members found in various aspects of Chinese numerology with twelve months in a year; and in ancient mythology, twelve jinchai (golden hairpins, which represent womanhood). Inspiration was also drawn from Yue Fang, the female chamber orchestras that played in the royal courts of the Tang Dynasty.
Each member of the Twelve Girls Band ensemble is classically trained, with backgrounds that include the China Academy of Music; the Chinese National Orchestra; and the Central Conservatory of Music. Skilled multi-instrumentalists, they perform on traditional Chinese instruments that include the zither-like gu zheng with adjustable bridges, and as many as 25 strings. They also play a squared-off hammered dulcimer called a yang qin; the erhu, which is a two-string violin; the pear-shaped, four-stringed pipa lute; and the bamboo dizi and vertical xiao flutes. Electronic keyboards and punctuating percussion add modern textures for spellbinding creations that span the centuries.

As the group released its American debut Eastern Energy in 2004, critics were ecstatic over rapturous renditions of Coldplay’s Clocks and Enya’s Only Time, calling it folk techno-fusion. Varietytrumpeted, China dolls take traditional music off the shelf and CNN reported, Twelve girls rock the classics.

Twelve Girls Band – Shanghai (2007)
{their version of Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music is excellent!}



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Twelve Girls Band – Twelve Girls Of Christmas

diciembre 1, 2007 at 5:29 pm (Christmas, Twelve Girls Band)

Una Banda de Chinas para esta Navidad.

Twelve Girls Band is a music group with thirteen women artists, always appearing as twelve on stage, playing traditional Chinese instruments to play both traditional Chinese and Western songs. Formed on June 18, 2001, the women were selected by audition from more than 4000 contestants, all studying in conservatories schools in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), each woman is classically-trained, in the China Academy of Music, the Chinese National Orchestra, and the Central Conservatory of Music, et cetera.

Chinese numerology gave Wang Xiao-Jing the idea for the Twelve Girls Band. When the “father of Chinese rock music” decided he wanted to create a woman ensemble, he knew it needed 12 members. Per Chinese mythology it is the twelve jinchai (12 hairpins) representing womanhood. The twelve women that Xiao-Jing assembled were experienced musicians from the People’s Republic of China’s orchestras, played ancient Chinese instruments, and all were in their twenties. For the new project, the women were inspired by the art of the Yue Fang, the ensembles who played in the Tang Dynasty courts during the years A.D. 618 to 907.

The group debuted their modern compositions on ancient instruments in China and Japan during the Northern summer of 2003. Word of mouth spread, show after show were sold-out, and in Japan their debut album topped the charts for 30 weeks. Their self-titled debut was released in North America in August of 2004 with cover versions of Coldplay’s “Clocks” and Enya’s “Only Time” included, and a massive television advertising campaign announcing the group’s arrival.[2]

Among the instruments used by the women: erhu (Chinese fiddle), pipa (pear-shaped lute), guzheng (zither), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), dizi (transverse flute), and xiao (vertical flute). Occasionally, the duxianqin (single-stringed zither) and hulusi (three-piped gourd flute) are employed.

They have become very popular in Japan (holding the highest sales numbers of any Chinese musical artist ever), the PRC, Hong Kong, and abroad.


01. Joy To The World
02. First Noel
03. Christmas Eve
04. All I Want For Christmas Is You
05. Silent Night
06. White Christmas
07. Koibito Ga Santa Claus
08. Santa Claus Is Coming To Twon
09. Jingle Bells
10. Shiroi Koibito Tachi
11. Last Christmas
12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)


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