MUST READ: The Hsu-nami new album review featured on USA TODAY.

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MUST READ: The Hsu-nami new album review and stream featured on ‪#‎MakinWaves‬ column part of USA TODAY and MyCentralJersey.

Article written by , @ReporterBMakin

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Now here is a very interesting band. Formed out of Ramapo College in 2005, the instrumental progressive metal of Hsu-Nami is led by Jack Hsu, who rocks on the erhu, a two-string Chinese violin.

Seven years in the making, The Hsu-nami’s all-star third release, a 10-song self-titled affair, augments original members Brent Bergholm on guitar, Derril Sellers on bass, John Manna on drums and longtime keyboardist Dana Goldberg with a variety of monster Asian players, including Sylvia Jiaju Shen of the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Shen’s pipa (a Chinese lute) mixes things up nicely on “The Great Race,” as does a snippet of the hard rock section of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Chelsea Symphony cellist Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu is no relation to the band’s founder, but also is among the guests on several tracks, including the stirring “Black Tortoise,” the hauntingly epic “Dragon King of the North Sea” and “Reincarnation,” a bending beauty that also features violist Andy Lin of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Hsu also enlisted the internationally renowned Japanese-American flutist-drummer Kaoru Watanabe, formerly of the drum ensemble Kodo. Watanabe plays the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) on the driving “White Tiger’s Tail,” as well as the Jethro Tull-meets-Marco Polo journey of “Ride the Open Seas.”

The only vocal on “Hsu-Nami” is the gorgeous, nonlyrical accompaniment on “Celestial Wolf” by none other than Sumie Kaneko, an acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter who also contributes the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese lute, alongside Hsu’s blazing ehru and Bergholm’s rocking guitar.

Similar to Mannheim Steamroller, The Hsu-mani is even better, especially on this new release, because they rock harder, and with all the guests, are just as classical-oriented. “Hsu-Nami” also is less metal-minded than 2007’s “Entering the Mandala” debut and 2009’s “The Four Noble Truths.” Hopefully, this record will be supported by a tour or at least an all-star concert, but no plans have been made yet.

New Album available now!!

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We would like to announce that the self-titled Hsu-nami album is finally released! you can support us artists by buying the digital album on iTunes, CDbaby and you can also stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and all the streaming services that’s out there.

Buy the new album to support the artist!!
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Story: Hsu-nami self-titled new album’s seven year journey

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Hi Hsu-nami Fans!
We would like to announce that the self-titled Hsu-nami album is finally released today! you can support us artists by buying the digital album on iTunes, CDbaby and you can also stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and all the streaming services that’s out there.
I would like to thank everybody that made this album possible.
 For this album, our guitarist Brent Övar Bergholm written most of the song’s chord and song structures, then the rest of the band help to write the melody and arrange their parts based off his ideas to make the song “Hsu-nami-fied”. The two songs that brought to the band that were written by different members were Jack Hsu’s orchestral masterpiece “Reincarnation” (original title “Mr. Hsu’s Opus”) and Derril Sellers’s long epic musicscape “Entropy” which really made the pace and the flow of the album really diverse.

Here’s the story of how the album is made:

After our 2nd album “The Four Noble Truths” in 2009, we spending weekends going to Jack Hsu‘s home studio in Palisades Park, NJ practicing, writing songs by putting musical sections together, adding different parts and recording them live and repeat, until the song’s structure reaches perfection. After three years, we finally have full length album of material all written and ready to record.
We started full production with our Bass player Derril Sellers on duty as the recording engineer. By early 2013 we set up shop at Hsu-nami drummer, John Manna‘s house in Warren, NJ, setting up drums in his huge high ceiling living room to record the drums. (that room sounds amazing for drum recordings!)
With Derril and everyone’s help, John finish all the drums parts in august that year. Brent Bergholm then start working on recording his guitar parts which he finish most of the guitars recordings in march of 2014. After finishing recording Derril’s Bass and Dana Sellers‘s Keyboard parts at the end of 2014, Jack started working on recording and writing Erhu parts in his in his home studio, the recording process for the Erhu and his violin part is an strenuous one. Jack spend numerous weekends just to write and record on each song until he’s 100 percent happy with the result. and at beginning of 2014 to mid of 2015 Jack finally finish recording all the Erhu and violin parts.
There seems to be still some songs that need to add little more touches and flavors. So for the good parts of 2015 Jack invited many amazing and talented musicians based in New York city to add small touches to this album. He found talented Pipa musician , Sylvia Jiaju Shen, Shakuhachi (Japanese flute)
player Kaoru Watanabe, Shamisen (Japanese Guitar) player/vocalist Sumie Kaneko to add more color and different feels to a few of the tracks. and finally, with producer/arranger Andrés Marín, to add an entire string orchestral arrangement to one of the tracks. Jack were able to mix strings with the live recordings of him on the Violin, Andy Lin on the Viola, and Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu on the Cello for the track “Reincarnation”.
That all finish at december of 2015, now we came to 2016, seven years later. Derril and the rest of the band came together to finally finish the last mix and master of the 10 track album. With our friend Chairman’s Label in Taiwan, we were able to distribute physical CD of our album in Taiwan for the June 30th release.
That was our seven year long process for this album, we are really grateful for this journey of putting this album together. Hopefully our fans doesn’t abandon us after seven years of silence and can appreciate what we did here with our hard work.
We really thank you for your patience. and we hope you enjoy our new music!
-The Hsu-nami

“Hsu-nami” (2016) new album promo

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Link Below is clips of Hsu-nami live over the years, premiering for the new album “Hsu-nami” (2016) video edit by Max Zettler:

Also, you can pre-order the album on iTunes today, (you can preview over 1 minute of music per songs there) see the album at link below:

Make sure to reserve your iTunes digital copy!! The official album releases date on June 30th 2016!!

Announcing official track listing and special feature guests

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Thank everyone that was involved in this amazing album, we are proud to announce the official track listing and special feature guest in our liner notes of the new album: (please see below)
01 Rise of the Vermillion Bird 

02 The Great Race
03 The Black Tortoise 
04 The Heart of the Azure Dragon 
05 Celestial Wolf
06 White Tiger’s Tale 
07 Reincarnation 
08 Ride the Open Seas
09 Dragon King of the North Sea 
10 Entropy 

All songs written and performed by the Hsu-nami © 2016
Track 2 “The Great Race” pipa performed by Sylvia Jiaju Shen.
Track 3 “Black Tortoise” cello performed by Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu (許華洲)
Track 4 “The Heart of the Azure Dragon” Pipa performed by Sylvia Jiaju Shen.
Track 5 “White Tigers Tail” Japanese flute performed by Kaoru Watanabe.
Track 6 “Celestial Wolf” shamisen and vocal performed by Sumie Kaneko.
Track 7 “Reincarnation” viola performed by Andy Lin (林維洋) , cello performed by Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu (許華洲), strings arranged and produced by Andres Marin.
Track 8 “Ride the Open Seas” Japanese flute performed by Kaoru Watanabe.
Track 9 “Dragon King of the North Sea” cello performed by Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu (許華洲).

“Hsu-nami” self-titled album review from Sleeping bag studios

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“If someone were to ask me to pick ONE album to listen to throughout the rest of my life – this could very well be THE ONE I’d choose.” -Sleepingbagstudios

Thanks to Sleepingbagstudios for an amazing album review! (or should I say album “preview”?)

click on the link below to read the full Hsu-nami 2016 album review:

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