Colorful Rhythm is an indie rock band formed by composer/pianist/producer Judy Huang in Chicago. Her debut album, Colorful Rhythm, was first released in March 2013. Her newest album will be released on Feb. 25 2014. [Read More...]
Colorful Rhythm is a US based band founded by composer/pianist Tsai-yun (Judy) Huang in 2012. Judy has performed in many Chicago music venues as solo or duo, with bass player Edward Novak, owner of Nova Sun Records.
How did you guys get came together and created this band?
We found each other via Craigslist. Edward owns the record company Nova Sun Records. He came to one of my solo performances at the Driehaus Museum, I happened to be the first artist he signed.
Whatâ€™s the story behind the bandâ€™s name?
It is the literal meaning of my Chinese name Tsai-yun Huang.
What are your music influences?
My background is in classical-contemporary music so elements from this genre are incorporated in my music. I also listen to jazz and rock so a mix of influences are often synthesized in my songs.
Whatâ€™s your method at the time of writing a song?
I improvise a lot. I also use computer software to make the playback easier for me so I get to have the general idea of how all the instruments sound together.
So you are working on a new album. Can you give us any details/insights about it? Any title, release date in mind?
My self-titled album Colorful Rhythm was released last month, which can be found on Itunes, Amazon, Google Music and many others.
You guys are planning to hit the road?
Right now we have been playing several local shows in Chicago.
Whatâ€™s the message you want to spread with your music?
Iâ€™m fond of diverse musical languages, because of that I would like people to hear my synthesis of different styles which forms a unique voice, on this newly released self-titled album: Colorful Rhythm.
When I started to have my music pieces performed years ago
Were you afraid to call yourself an artist?
Sometimes. When Iâ€™m out of music ideas or hear something that is really great which makes myself guilty of being not as great.
What do you love about being an artist?
The creative process is always fun. And the result of having something accomplished satisfies me.
What do you want the view to take with them after seeing your artwork?
Iâ€™m a classically trained musician. I have a background of composing classical-experimental music. I also like jazz and rock music. Because of that I hope people can hear my synthesis of different influences which forms a unique voice on this newly released self-titled album: Colorful Rhythm
Sometimes being an artist can be exciting but fearful, I personally fear that I do not show enough of myself in my art, what do you fear?
I used to fear a lot of things about my music. I felt I need to have peopleâ€™s validation. But Iâ€™ve been trying to get out of that negative thinking. I just do what I like and not to care too much about what people think. As an artist I feel the most important thing is not to please everyone but myself.
Did you attend school, or were you self taught?
Yes. I enrolled in music programs my whole life.
Were do you see your career 5 years from now?
I hope I will release more albums, do more shows and try more new ideas in my music. Right now Iâ€™m collaborating with different artists and hopefully something interesting will be created. [Read More...]
Artist: Colorful Rhythm
Album reviewed (Spotify): Colorful Rhythm
Colorful Rhythm's self-titled album is built on the expressive piano-playing of Judy Huang. The release impresses with Huang's virtuosity (and ascendant vocals), and by evoking a wide range of emotions.
A great place to start is "I Feel Good." Saturated with brightness, the song fuses the orchestral pop of Grimes with the percussive accents of Animal Collective. At the other end of the spectrum is the brooding "Resolution," which is haunted by dark melodies recalling Tori Amos. (The song's lengthy industrial-piano outtro contains a progression at 3:14 that the playful Amos would no doubt approve of.) "Iridescent" is Colorful Rhythm's opus: a nearly six-minute journey marked by instrumental bridges setting various moods (e.g. 1:10 and 3:58), dynamic beat-driven hooks (e.g. 1:29 and 3:39), and a transcendent theme originating from a doubled piano/vocal (e.g. :55).
Five of the songs are instrumental. But to say this is piano music would be like saying that pianist David Helfgott (on stage, "grunts, groans and mutterings") didn't likely benefit from David Hirschfelder's arrangement/orchestration in arriving at the Oscar-nominated Shine score. Indeed, Huang adds considerable dimension through the use of module- or keyboard-based sounds, all of which imbue her musicality with extra layers of feeling. The blink-and-you-miss-it speed of "Shadow in the Woods" is Huang's "Flight of the Bumblebee." But it is "Good Day My Friends" and "Dancing in the Rain" that point to Huang's love for complex patterns -- patterns which supply the canvas for Colorful Rhythm's electronic textures.
All of this is to say that Colorful Rhythm marshals its myriad resources to deliver on a vast array of emotions, communicating feeling in ways only truly great instrumentalists can.
Mar 7, 2014
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