Asia Beauty

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Asia Beauty
Studio album by
Released2015
RecordedKuhl Muzik, Canterbury Music, Glenn Gould Studio
GenreInstrumental, world, new-age, classical
Length74:00
LabelHumbledragon
ProducerRon Korb

Asia Beauty is a 2015 studio album by Canadian flutist (flautist) and composer Ron Korb.[1] The compositions are the culmination of Korb's experience of 13 years of travelling and performing in Asia.

Asia Beauty was nominated for Best New Age Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.[2]

Background[edit]

Asia Beauty is a recipient of FACTOR juried sound recording program and was released through Humbledragon Entertainment. The album consists of 19 tracks with 3 bonus tracks, composed and produced by Korb, and packaged as a 36-page picture story book with CD. The photography, mostly taken by the composer's photographer wife, is all original from the fascinating places Korb has personally visited.

Korb's Asia Beauty is an instrumental album that travels from the sultry cafés of Vietnam in Hanoi Café to ancient palaces in The House of the Five Beauties to the bamboo forests of Taiwan in Blue Bamboo to the spectacular terraces in China in Two Mountains. Dramatic melodies are brought to life by the fascinating sounds of the traditional Chinese instruments: dizi, erhu, pipa, yangqin, guzheng and the 5000 year old guqin. Other rare Chinese woodwinds showcased include bawu (folk clarinet), xun (ceramic vessel flute), and dadi (bass bamboo flute). The album was recorded in Kuhl Music, Canterbury Music, and Glenn Gould Studio (Canadian Broadcasting Centre), and mastered in Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto, Canada. Performances by Korb and a cast of Canadian musicians who complement the cast of Toronto Chinese traditional instrumentalists.

Awards[edit]

  • 2016 the 58th Grammy Awards Nomination for Best New Age Album
  • 2016 International Acoustic Music Awards First Prize Winner for Best Instrumental (track: Two Mountains)
  • 2016 One World Music Awards First Prize Winner for Best World/Global Fusion Album
  • 2015 Zone Music Reporter Awards for Best World Album
  • 2015 The Global Music Awards for Gold Medal - Best of Show
  • 2015 The Global Music Awards for Best Instrumental Album
  • 2015 The Global Music Awards for Best Instrumental Performance (track: Blue Bamboo)
  • 2015 The Global Music Awards for Best Crossover World Music (track: House of the Five Beauties)
  • 2015 The Global Music Awards for Best Best Album Art/Graphics (design by Caroline Quan)
  • 2015 International Acoustic Music Awards for Finalist in the open song category (track: Hanoi Cafe)

Track listing[edit]

The album consists of 19 tracks, all composed and produced by Ron Korb, with three bonus tracks.

No.TitleLength
1."Hanoi Café"4:11
2."Journey Begins"2:59
3."Forbidden Love"3:26
4."Ancient China Prelude"0:36
5."Ancient China"4:06
6."Children's Jig"2:39
7."House of the Five Beauties Prelude"0:43
8."House of the Five Beauties"4:13
9."Two Mountains"3:09
10."Magic Sleep"7:56
11."Palace Garden"4:16
12."Little Jade"2:53
13."The Beautiful Sadness"3:59
14."The Reed Cave"2:42
15."Joyful Rain Prelude"0:28
16."Joyful Rain"3:09
17."Blue Bamboo Prelude"0:40
18."Blue Bamboo"3:59
19."Country Life"4:33

Personnel[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

'This ambitious new recording further confirms Korb's flawless reputation. Asia Beauty is beautiful and satisfying on many levels.' ~Lise Watson, T'was Magazine[3]

'Ron's flute playing is extraordinary, and his compositions are exceptionally crafted. Regardless of the flute type that he plays, Ron has a special finesse that enables him to transcend earthly bounds, to swoop on the ethereal wind currents of musical bliss. Ron is one of today's finest, most remarkable world flutists. His presence on the Ten Best Flute Players in the World list is truly deserved.' ~ Overtones Magazine[4]

'Asia Beauty is about as essential a world music album as you are likely to hear this year (and likely this decade, too) and it represents a high point in Ron Korb's already impressive discography.' ~Bill Binkelman, Win and Wire[5]

'This unique musical blending of East and West is exquisitely composed, arranged, and performed. I highly recommend getting the album in CD form as the artwork, photos, and packaging add another dimension to this masterful multi-media presentation.'~ Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus[6]

'This is a unique and beautiful album for many reasons. One could even call it an interdisciplinary album. The CD combines storytelling, poetry and beautiful visuals as well as the expertly played music.' ~The Flute View, New York[7]

'Asia Beauty is a multi layered ride of music and emotion and a chance to hear instruments you don't normally hear played by masters. This album will take you to places you'll want to revisit and you can simply by playing it again and again. Bravo Ron Korb.' ~Cashbox Magazine Canada[8]

'Both Eastern and Western musical currents are part of who Ron Korb is as a musician and as a man. He has totally assimilated the musical language of both traditions'~The WholeNote[9]

'Filled with an entertaining mix of exotic musical instruments and Asian music sounds, Asia Beauty is one of the finest contemporary crossover instrumental CD releases of 2015.'~Robert Silverstein[10]

'Each of the compositions, while individual, combines to bring a rich and intimate window that draws the traveller into the wonderful kaleidoscopic world that is Asia.'~Blue Wolf Reviews, Australia[11]

'Throughout his career, and especially on this release, he has become masterful at incorporating the sounds of other cultures into his own vision and in the process, helping to make some of this "exotic" music accessible, while still retaining its integrity.'~Music to Eat[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ron Korb Official Website".
  2. ^ "58TH Grammy Award Nominees".
  3. ^ "T'was Magazine".
  4. ^ "World Flute Society".
  5. ^ "Wind and Wire: REVIEW: Ron Korb - Asia Beauty".
  6. ^ "Asia Beauty by Ron Korb, Music and Media Focus".
  7. ^ "Asia Beauty by Ron Korb, The Flute View".
  8. ^ "Ron Korb Asia Beauty,Cashbox Magazine Canada".
  9. ^ "Ron Korb Asia Beauty - The WholeNote by Allan Pulker".
  10. ^ "RON KORB - Asia Beauty - CD/DVD Reviews by Robert Silverstein".
  11. ^ "RON KORB - Asia Beauty Review by Janet Mawdesly". Archived from the original on 2015-12-10.
  12. ^ "RON KORB - Asia Beauty - CD Reviews and Interview by Rob Caldwell".