Anyone who’s visited this site more than twice knows how much we love the work of Brendan Power. This strikingly beautiful performance of a traditional Chinese piece, “Jasmine Flower,” was…



Anyone who’s visited this site more than twice knows how much we love the work of Brendan Power. This strikingly beautiful performance of a traditional Chinese piece, “Jasmine Flower,” was recorded live in Shanghai in December 2011. Brendan is playing a Suzuki chromatic harmonica modified (by him) to enable the deep pitch bends that are characteristic of traditional Chinese music. (Brendan is apparently never averse to modifying his harps as radically as necessary to make them more playable in a given musical context. As PT Gazell, who recorded an entire album with Brendan, said to me once, “Who knows what harps Brendan is using?”) Beyond the gorgeously executed simplicity of the performance, what is most striking is how perfectly the harmonica fits into this traditional Eastern music.

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