XD WEI

XD WEI

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Led by world-renowned erhu player (Chinese violin)and vocalist, Xiao Dong Wei. Playing original trad. & non-trad. Asian music mixed with Albanian folk music, jazz, prog-rock, bluegrass, punk rock with touches of Middle Eastern. It all comes together for an original and cohesive sound.

Biography

Xiao Dong Wei-Child prodigy who began studying the erhu (a 2-stringed Chinese violin) at the age of 5, with her father. Graduated from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. Released a critically acclaimed cd in 2004, on China Shenzen label, called 'Erhu Solo by Xiao Dong Wei'. Moved to the USA in 2005 and began playing solo shows and also formed 'Alt-Chamber Music' trio called "Wei", in Detroit, Mich. Songwriter.
Paul Henry Ossy-mandolin, woodwinds, percussion.
Began playing mandolin with Xiao Dong in "Wei". Heavily jazz and prog-rock influenced, Paul has recorded with Catalyst and plays mandolin on the 2nd White Stripes' cd, 'De Stijl'. Songwriter.
Leo Gillis-bass,vocals,percussion. Also produced the soon-to-be released 1st cd by XD WEI called "String Theory". Played in many musical projects in Detroit and also writes songs for the band.
Djeto Juncaj-guitars, banjo, Europeon folk instruments. Former member of the 'Immigrant Suns', Djeto obtains unheard of sounds from his various guitars and gadgets. Also plays a mean flamenco guitar.
The band 'XD WEI', have been together since May 2006 (Paul and XD since May 2005) and have just finished recording their 1st cd, "String Theory". It should be available by Feb. 2007. Xiao Dong is classically trained, Paul has a jazz background, Leo comes from another direction altogether, while Djeto can stick to his folk roots or let loose with a virtuoso solo.
The band plays 90% originals with a couple of traditional Chinese folk songs that take on new life with this lineups interpretations. The couple of covers they do play include Jerusalem Ridge by Bill Monroe to the Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.

Discography

"Erhu Solo by Xiao Dong Wei"-classical Chinese played with the Central National Orchestra of China. Released on China Shenzen in 2004. Has received airplay in Europe and sporadically in the USA.
XD WEI-"String Theory"- with full band, to be released in Feb. 2007. Song list: Golden Mountain, Dance Eva Dance, Two Countries, Das Beast, Stones of Precious Water, Evening Fragrance, Immigrant Song, DNA, Happiness.
White Stripes'-De Stijl. Paul Henry Ossy plays mandolin.

Set List

"XD WEI" (band)- can play for 1.5 hours. Their set list contains mostly originals with a few surprise covers and some radically different take on some Chinese folk songs. Typical set list: Golden Mountain, Dance Eva Dance, Two Countries, Das Beast, Stones of Precious Water, Evening Fragrance, Immigrant Song*, DNA, Dogs in the Oven, Jerusalem Ridge*, Happiness, Sandusky*,etc.
Xiao Dong Wei can play a combination of solo classical erhu, guzheng and piano for 2.5 hours.