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Music of the mountain men

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2021-07-17 09:21

Shanren's members come from various ethnic backgrounds. The bassist Sigao Ala (front left) is from the Yi ethnic group; the multi-instrumentalist Fu Te (front right) is from the Bouyei ethnic group; and frontman Qu Zihan (center) and the drummer Ou Jianyun (front left) are Han Chinese; the percussionist Sam Debell is from Britain. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Chinese word shan meaning mountain appears in the name of the Chinese band Shanren, literally meaning "mountain men". It has also been used in the band's first two albums: the self-titled album in 2009 and Ting Shan, or Listen to the Mountain, in 2013.

As the band's frontman Qu Zihan puts it, "We all come from the mountains", and "The band's music implies wisdom with Chinese characteristics."

On June 26 the band released their third album in eight years. The new album continues the band's style of using the word shan and is titled Shan Dao, combining mountain and road.

"Dao refers to the road we've traveled so far," Qu says. "We also look back upon our experience as a band, summing up our musical philosophy."

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