Shanghai Restoration Project, with producer Dave Liang and MC Jamahl Richardson (aka Natural Fact), performed last Saturday night at the 92Y Tribeca in New York City, in celebration of the World Expo currently taking place in Shanghai.
The opening acts first showcased songwriter-pianist Phidel, as well as DJ Elan Vytal.
The main show consisted of Liang and Natural Fact creating their unique blend of music combining traditional Eastern instruments with jazz and hip hop and electronica. A multimedia and light show behind them depicted images of Shanghai crafted by Sundance visual artists. It was dazzling, and venue was packed with fans. The show they've created is very interesting; the album might be heard in any hip jazz bar or modern lounge, yet the live performances and beats are so well blended and stylized with electronica touches that people could easily dance to it -- and they did.
Their show showcased many well known songs that listeners have come to recognize from the tops of iTunes music charts, from NBC, and from elite fashion runway shows. There were also selections from the recent eXpo release, a compilation of ten independent Chinese electronic artists.
Shanghai Restoration Project is touring soon, and those who happen to be in Japan next month can catch them there. Here is a recent interview with Dave Liang and PRI's The World, about the expo. Here is another interview with Dave Liang, about Shanghai Restoration Project and the new eXpo release.