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"MiNG breaks music mold"

Singer-songwriter-guitarist MiNG has a simple mission. To make music that is as enriching for the audience as it is for his talented trio.

"I've been playing music as long as I can remember," said MiNG, who grew up in Washington, D.C., and moved to Southern California to study jazz at Cal State Long Beach.

Last May, MiNG set out to carve out a career as a solo artist, singing original songs at area open-mic nights. But within a few months, the Costa Mesa resident had teamed up with San Clemente bassist Garrett Wolfe and Lake Forest-based drummer Mike Riney, winning over audiences at venues such as the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, the Ugly Mug in Orange, the Liquid Lounge in Long Beach and the Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest.

"We have great chemistry," MiNG said of the three musicians. "We have a (common) goal and work toward it."

MiNG will celebrate the release of the group's debut CD, "Love and Leave," with a show at the Blue Café in Long Beach on March 17. It will be the latest leap for an artist (whose band name is the same as his own moniker) who embarked on an original-music career less than a year ago but has already opened for acclaimed artists such as the Stanton Moore Trio and singer-songwriter James Intveld.

MiNG fuses jazz, folk, blues and jam rock together in an improvisational brew that owes a debt to a wide range of artists, such as the Dave Matthews Band, the Police and Dave Brubeck.

On "Love and Leave," material includes the bluesy ballad "Happiness," the folk rock "Big Lie" and funk-tinged rocker "If Heaven Has No Place for Me."

"We're a live band, and we wanted it (the new CD) to have that feel," MiNG said. "We did it in a span of three days. We had to pick five songs we feel express our music. ... The difficult part was to keep the length of each song down."

Indeed, MiNG noted that the trio never plays a song the same way twice. Improvisation is a key ingredient in the group's style. MiNG said the band enjoys the process of exploration that allows a song to "morph" into something new every time it is played.

"For us, we felt some frustration we didn't fit that mold," admitted MiNG when asked about the current state of popular music, which mostly revolves around radio-friendly production and formulaic commercial hooks.

"Even if we don't get to a level of mass success, we're enjoying the ride and touching people."
- OC Register


“Love and Leave” EP (March 2007)

Oasis Disc Manufacturing Acoustic Compilation Volume VIII #4 (track 10)

Donna Karen charity compilation CD "We Are Glad" by Ming Loo (Feb 2008)

"I Can Show You" album EP release by The MiNG Band (July 2008)

"Excuse Me" alblum EP release by The MiNG Band (April 2009)



The MiNG Band, a So Cal, Long Beach Blues/Classic Rock Power Trio; Ming on Guitar/Vocals, Rich on Bass/Vocals, and Mike on Drums/Vocals.

A band that fits no mold and creates an improvisational brew owes a debt to a range of artists, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, The Cream, and Led Zeppelin.

They play regularly in Orange County, Long Beach, and Los Angeles area. The MiNG Band is a throw-back to Blues/Rock/Funk show, back when band grooved and rock the house.

“Do you like Jazz? Alt-Rock? Happy Love Songs? Then this musically tight trio is for you! I know it is for me…As a sound engineer at the Blue Cafe, I can definitely attest to both their song writing talents & musicianship! I’m looking to see The MiNG Band go far in whatever they attempt!”
--Doc, Sound Engineer The Blue Café