Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra // Kiss the sky

“I love when sounds become mysterious and are hard to decipher. Sometimes people laugh at me when I buy certain instruments. Steel drum was one that a lot of musicians scoffed at.” Shawn Lee

Mixing classical peaces with dub and nufunk, Shawn Lee is giving  “classical music” a new meaning. With his Ping Pong Orchestra he is transforming songs from Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov like Flight of the Bumblebee, or the theme melody of Peter and the wulf   into new inspiring masterpeaces.  Lee is an over all talent. He managed to play the Gu-zheng (a chinese zither), a Steel Drum (from the caribbean), a Balafone (from Africa), a Harmonium and Tablas (India), Hurdy Gurdy and Harpsichord (European), a Guitarron (Mexico), a Churango (Bolivia) and a Waterphone (from the USA).

“I love taking them out of their traditional element and putting them into a different context. Mixing and creating interesting doubles such as steel drum with Balafone or Sitar with Banjo” 

His Indian wife, Kirin, also sings in one of his songs called Punjabi Lullaby. She is also the cause that Lee is owning so many Indian instruments.

One of my favorites, autonomous from the other ones, is Kiss the sky. 

We also recommend: Shawn Lee’s Swan Lake version:

Please—do yourself a solid—check out Shawn Lee (homepage)//myspace//soundcloud: Ubiquity Records (Shawn Lee’s record label)//facebook and listen to his other songs.

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wlr-founder // 27, London

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