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Take an unprecedented musical journey with SIU2 - a fusion band creating original, distinct sound from the East and West.
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WHO are we?

We are a band with 6 members: 3 of us playing instruments from ancient China—Sheng, Sanxian and Zheng—while the other 3 on bass guitar, piano, electric organ and drums. All our compositions are original, with a sound that is not only one-of-a-kind but also rarely, if at all, heard elsewhere.

The place where we live in and make our music, Hong Kong, is an international city well known for its disparate culture between East and West. Our music is said to well represent this city’s identity. Reviewed by All About Jazz critics, “SIU2's singular approach to Chinese and western music makes for fascinating listening.”

We have been invited to perform overseas, including OzAsia Festival, Australia and Huayi Festival, Singapore. We also toured in Europe covering cities such as Berlin, Prague, Frankfurt, London, Warsaw and Paris, and took part in several festivals in China, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia etc. 

Live performances at Conservatory of Amsterdam (left), Trafalgar Square, London (middle) and OzAsia Festival, Adelaide (right)
Live performances at Conservatory of Amsterdam (left), Trafalgar Square, London (middle) and OzAsia Festival, Adelaide (right)

Nice to meet you here in Kickstarter. We've prepared several rewards for you and we hope you like them!

WHAT is this project about?

Our new album is about the absurdity in this era. The music in this upcoming album of ours is inspired by the absurdities of human existence. We believe this theme is perhaps relevant to all of us. This album will also highlight our 10th anniversary since debut.

In terms of music we explore styles that we have never tried before, while retaining our unique soundscape of integration of different musical elements.

There are 6 tracks, including:

  • First Snow (piano solo)
  • February Snow
  • Devil City
  • Eva
  • Upbeat Lullaby
  • Don't Steal My Music
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WHEN is the album coming out?

Target Release Date: May 10, 2019

Most of the music tracks are already composed and have been performed in our recent concerts. When the project backing period is over, we will start the music recording immediately. It takes 1.5 months to have the music recorded at music studios, and some post-processing works such as editing, mixing and mastering. At the same time, the CD's key visuals and packaging will also be developed, designed, then sent for production.

WHAT rewards you can get by backing this project?

We believe Music is all about experience. Apart from options with Physical CDs & digital downloads, we have some music workshops available and studio visits so you can be involved in the process!

SIU2's albums: Kon.Fusion (2010), Sonic Traveler (2013) and Open Door (2008)
SIU2's albums: Kon.Fusion (2010), Sonic Traveler (2013) and Open Door (2008)

"Sonic Traveler"-  composed with inspiration from music from different cultures. Travelling around the world through the music pieces.

"Kon.Fusion" is our 2nd album, the music composed with the perspective of Western musical forms, such as sonata and waltz.

"Open Door" is our 1st album, experimenting different possibilities between contemporary Chinese music and the West.

WHERE will the raised fund go to?

Music is READY, now we need your SUPPORT to subsidize on the remaining production stages:

  • Album's artwork, design, packaging and production: $30,000
  • Marketing & PR: $20,000
  • Music mixing and mastering: $16,000
  • Recording studio fees: $24,000

HOW you can support us

1. BACK this project! 

2. SHARE this project with your friends!

3. VIEW & LIKE our YouTube videos, Facebook Page and Instagram(@siu2music)

If you haven't decided whether backing us is a good idea, no worries! Please have a listen of our past live performances thru YouTube videos, or know more about what we are doing by following our Facebook Page or Instagram(@siu2music) first. 

Risks and challenges

Risks: is low
All of the music tracks are already composed. So no worries if the album isn't coming out due to the muses are not there for the new compositions. As this is SIU2’s fourth album since debut, we have experienced and learned from all the processes before.

Challenges:
Shipping: it might take a bit long time for us to deliver the album to some countries. But we will always use tracked delivery, so you will know when your parcel is expected to arrive, no worries!

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    Thank you for your support!

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    Age of Absurdity: CD + Digital Download

    Get the digital music once it's out from the mastering studio, follows by a CD to your desired destination (for yourself, or anyone you want to share the music with)!

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    • Age of Absurdity (CD + digital download)
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    Age of Absurdity (Autographed)

    Get the digital music once it's out from the mastering studio, follows by a CD AUTOGRAPHED by the full band to your desired destination (for yourself, or anyone you want to share the music with)!

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    SIU2 CD Collection (4 CDs)

    Immerse yourself in SIU2's musical world!
    With autography of all band members on Sonic Traveler & Age of Absurdity CD albums.

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    • Open Door (CD)
    • Kon.Fusion (CD)
    • Sonic Traveler (CD) - Autographed
    • Age of Absurdity (CD) - Autographed + Digital Download
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    Drums Recording Workshop - Lawrence Tsui

    A rare chance to know more about drums recording in a studio setting with our band member Lawrence Tsui.
    Date: 31/3/2019
    Time: 13:00-16:00
    Duration: 3 hours
    Location: Lawrence's studio in HK
    Workshop Content as follows:

    Includes:
    • Workshop Date: 31/3/2019
    • Workshop Time: 13:00-16:00
    • Recording sound choices of drums and cymbals
    • Different miking methods and drumming techniques in recording
    • Selections Of microphones, preamps, recording hardware & gear.
    • Basic ProTools operation, drums track editing and mixing
    • EQ and compressors hardware & software usage of drums recording
    • Explanation on drums recording of SIU2's new album
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    Visit SIU2's Rehearsal Session

    Have a seat right next to the band members, watch and listen to them rehearse closely!
    Location: Hong Kong

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    A Zheng Lesson with Jason Lau

    Have an 1-on-1 Zheng lesson with our band member Jason Lau at his studio.
    Location: Hong Kong
    Duration: 1 hour

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    A Studio Visit to the Mixing Session

    A rare chance that you can know more about the mixing process of SIU2's music!
    Location: Hong Kong; Duration: 1 hour

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    A Bass Guitar Lesson with Siuming Chan

    Have an 1-on-1 bass lesson at Siuming's Studio.
    Location: Hong Kong
    Duration: 1 hour

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    A Composition Lesson with Yin Ng

    Have an 1-on-1 Composition lesson with SIU2's band composer Yin Ng;
    Location: Hong Kong
    Duration: 1 hour

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    A Piano Lesson with Peter Fan

    Have an 1-on-1 Piano lesson with SIU2's pianist Peter Fan;
    Location: Hong Kong
    Duration: 1 hour

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    A Healing Session by Peter Fan

    Besides being the pianist of SIU2, Peter Fan is also a healing facilitator. Have a fun healing session with him at his healing centre.
    Location: Hong Kong
    Duration: 1 hour

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    Your Name Printed on Our CD's Credit

    A rare chance to get your name printed on our new Physical CD credit page, which stays forever.

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    A Painting by Cass Lam

    Our band member Cass Lam does not hide her skills only in Sanxian, she is also a painter whose artwork had been collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art. A chance for you to own an artwork that Cass paints, one and only.

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    SIU2 Private Performance

    Enjoy a private performance at SIU2's music studio in Central, Hong Kong with your beloved ones!
    Performance duration: 1.5 hours
    Capacity: up to 20 people

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