Canadian artist Ember Swift now resides in the magnetic city of Beijing, China. She has released 11 albums and 1 DVD project since 1996 and continues to have a loyal fan base across many national borders. “11:11,” her 11th album aptly named because she released it in 2011, is her most recent release. She plans to record new material in early 2016 for release in late 2016 and/or early 2017.
Ember speaks Mandarin and is a student of Chinese culture, so her music also melds these two traditions. It features lyrics in Mandarin, English and French (the latter both official Canadian languages) and the arrangements feature both Western and Eastern instrumentation such as the featured erhu in her band, a two-stringed traditional Chinese instrument that is considered the ‘Chinese violin.’
Specifically known for her unique, jazz-influenced guitar playing and elastic vocals, additional styles include folk, jazz, swing, R&B, funk, pop, folk-rock, and blues.
THE BEIJING BAND
The band, assembled in Beijing, includes America’s Anthony Vancore on the drums, the UK’s Jack Lecomber on bass, Israel’s Yoav Volansky on keys, and China’s Wang Ya Qi on the erhu. They are five people who come from four different parts of the world but who have chosen Beijing as their current homes proving, once again, that Beijing is truly a global magnet.
风格包括爵士，吉普赛，摇滚，放克，流行，民谣，和蓝调。乐队组建于北京，成员有美国的鼓手Anthony Vanacore， 英国的贝司手Jack Lecomber，以色列的键盘手Yoav Volansky，以及中国的二胡手王雅琪。