Tai Shan

Tai Shan

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Folk-rock Singer-songwriter Tai Shan has earned a reputation as a "Seamstress of Melodies" her award winning songs have been featured on nationally released CD's

Biography

Described as one of Seattle's finest emerging songwriters Tai Shan has earned a reputation as a "seamstress of melodies" and a first rate composer. Her soprano voice and orchestrated guitar parts have been recognized in the Pacific Northwest folk/pop world. She is described by jazz pianist Randy Halberstadt as "dangerous." "Don't wander innocently into one of her shows expecting a simple folk concert. She will ambush you with her beautiful compositions, emotional lyrics, supple singing, and unique guitar voicings."

Her songs have been featured on several promotional CD's. In 2005 she was chosen to represent Cornish College of the Arts with her song "Love Will Kill You in Time," recorded with jazz bassist Chuck Deardorf and distributed nationally. In May 2007 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.A. in music composition from Cornish College.

Tai Shan has been featured on San Francisco Bay Area Television and radio shows including a live 1-hour interview on PBS's "Our Roots are Showing". In 2004 filmmakers used her environment song "Tiny Planet" for the HBO documentary "The Search for Turtle Island." Her music has also been featured on more than 100 Hewlett-Packard videos CDs, which have been distributed in Southeast Asia and China. She has also appeared before audiences at festivals and clubs up and down the West Coast and has developed a strong following and fan base.

Tai Shan
www.taishanmusic.com
www.myspace.com/taishanmusic
taishanmusic@gmail.com

Recordings
- Composed "Tiny Planet" for upcoming environmental documentary "The Search for Turtle Island" to be featured on HBO 2008
- Debut CD released 2006
- "Love Will Kill You in Time." Original song featured on the Cornish College of the Arts promotional CD distributed nationally
- Original song featured on Birds & Whistles - a Seattle Artist promotional CD
- Received a recording scholarship for 48 hours with Grateful Dead's recording engineer

Achievements
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. in music composition from Cornish College of the Arts
- Recipient of Cornish College of the Arts President's and Kisemhimer Scholarship
- Composed and performed theme music for over 100 Hewlett-Packard videos distributed in Southeast Asia and China.

Performances
- Seattle Symphony's Benaroya Hall
- Egan's Ballard Jam House
- PONCHO Concert Hall, Seattle
- Tula's Night Club, Seattle
- The Rendezvous, Seattle
- Sonoma State University, CA
- Live 1-hour radio showcase and interview aired on KRCB (Bay Area Radio)
- Democratic Convention, CA
- Martin Luther King Jr. Festival, CA
- Health and Harmony Fair, CA
- Verd's Requiem Mass Performed for Pope and Italian President Outside the Walls Basilica, Italy

Lyrics

Tiny Planet

Written By: Tai Shan Kesecker

The tide is coming in
And I can feel this world turning
And I’m alone on cold wet sand, the drain pipe is rushing in to the sea
Poseidon gestures with his eyes that this is the lullaby of life from rain to river back to the sea

Chorus:
Tiny planet of green and blue
You are the only hope mankind ever knew
Its time we remember where we came from
And glance back down the path of evolution
For we are from the sea

We dream, live, love and labor as millions of years pass us by
Empires rise just to fall, the boundaries drawn just to be crossed and this is mankind
And even though this world’s diverse, it is just a speck in the universe
Swimming around like a cell in the sea

Chorus:
Tiny planet of green and blue
You are the only hope mankind ever knew
Its time we remember where we came from
And glance back down the path of evolution
For we are from the sea

As I stand on this gray shore I see a beauty I missed before
For in the waters shy reflection is evolution perfection
I am the daughter of each drop of water
Maybe Jupiter or the moons of Saturn are next in evolution’s pattern
Maybe all life comes from the sea

Chorus
Tiny Planet of green and blue
You are the only hope mankind ever knew
Its time we remember where we came from
And glance back down the path of evolution
And see are brother, see our daughter, see our mother and our father
In each drop of water

Cinderella

Written By: Tai Shan

Cinderella

Background Story
I remember sitting in my red slip at the kitchen table composing this song as I waited for a man I met at a gig to come waltzing through the door. As a performer from time to time you run into people who want to be with the music not the person who wrote it.
.......

It‘s all an illusion,
You’re lost in sensation,
Welcome to my wall.
I see you watching,
As I am singing,
But you don’t see me at all.
You see the girl who plays her pretty songs,
You don’t see her as she spends the nights alone.

Chorus:
For I am Cinderella under a spell
I will only hurt you when the clock strikes twelve
And you’ll find that I’m just like everybody else

I’m guilty of witchcraft,
For mystifying and putting you in this state.
You think you want me,
But you want the glamour,
You can’t differentiate.
I’ll take you home,
But in the morning you will see,
That I have shed my beauty.

Chorus

I left you a slipper,
A crystal slipper as my spell dissolved.
But don’t track her down boy,
For you’ll only find her when I’m singing my songs.
Then you will see the beauty you knew,
As I sit in the corner and write this song for you.

Chorus

Discography

2014 Tai Shan releases Living Fiction

2009 -Tai Shan released Tiny Planet CD
2006 - Tai Shan and Blue Dawn EP released
2005 - "Love Will Kill You in Time." Original song featured on the Cornish College of the Arts promotional CD distributed nationally
2004 - Tai Shan Live Radio Show on PBS
2003 - Tai Shan's Debut CD released

Set List

- All Was Lost
- Fading Light
- The Storm
- Unamerican
- Crickets in the Dark
- Day By Day
- The Shadows of Love
- Here we go again
...Break
- Ordinary life
- Flooded Wonder
- He was a Human
- Silly Me
- Can't Find the Man I Knew
- The Tango of Forgotten Love
- Live By What We Learn
- Dog with Wine
- Someday
- Sleepy River
- Let it Go Dear
- Cinderella
- Love Will Kill You In Time
- Blue Shade of Gray
- Nicaragua
- Run Away
- Something Right

Covers available
- Moon River
- Tears in Heaven
- When your Smiling
- At Last
- Strawberry Wine
- When you say Nothing at All