Michael Simon & Asian Connection “East, West & Beyond”

East, West & Beyond was recorded in the fall of 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. There, Michael toured nationwide with local musicians and performed at the prestigious Taichung Jazz Festival. The band is known as Asian Connection and is a collaboration between established musicians from the Netherlands, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. They last played in the Netherlands in 2018 at the Tong Tong Fair, Podium Grounds and the Red Light Jazz Festival. The band reappeared at the Red Light Jazz Festival 2024. They played music from the new album. East, West & Beyond was made possible with a successful crowdfunding campaign on Voordekunst.

Recognized by the prestigious online magazine Latin Jazz Network as ‘a shape shifting musician and instrumentalist’. Throughout his career, trumpeter-composer Michael Simon has consistently broadened the range of jazz. Coming from a renowned and musical Venezuelan/Dutch Antillean family, and based in the Netherlands since 1993. Michael is known as a member of Fra Fra Sound and the Rob Mostert Hammond Group.

Michael started an important collaboration in 2010 with Malaysia’s leading Jazz Club No Black Tie’s owner and music curator, Evelyn Hii. It was there where his albums: ‘Destiny’s Will’ and ‘Asian Connection’ were recorded in front of an audience. His interest in Eastern philosophy and meditation made him drawn to the Southeast Asian region. Michael’s contact with Asian music had a major impact on his own music, defined a new path for his artistry and resulted in a cultural transcendence in an exchange between the West and the Far East. This phenomenon was widely discussed in his album ‘Asian Connection’ and is now amplified in his new album entitled ‘East, West & Beyond’.

Produced by Michael Simon and Minyen Hsieh

Michael Simon: trumpet and flugelhorn
Minyen Hsieh: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute
Hauyi Tsai: pipa
Sri Hanuraga: piano
Ikeda Kinya: bass
Tzu Yu Huang: drums

Recorded at Lights Up Studio, Taipei, Taiwan on October 16th and 17th 2019
Recorded by Tsai Chou Han, Mixed by Chris Weeda
and Mastered by Darius van Helfteren
Photography by Dogcheep Studio
Album artwork by Minlu Feng
Graphic design by Geert Hermkens

Michael Simon plays a Van Laar OIRAM flugelhorn
Minyen Hsieh plays Forestone tenor saxophone

℗© 2024 Michael Simon

“Their music connects not only Asia, but the whole world!”

Daniel Shen / Promoter and Jazz DJ from Taiwan

“A unique blend of Asian soundscapes, world rhythms and the spirit of jazz!”

Andrew Salim / Rhythm Alley (Taipei)

“Melodic, spicy and multicultural; Definitely a complete package.” “I wish I was there when they recorded this masterpiece.”

Saúl Zavarce / Presenter and producer from Melbourne

MICHAEL SIMON & Asian Connection
‘East West & Beyond’ (2024) a release by Pramisi Records
Note to the press: order a review copy or book an interview by contacting Michael Simon at info@michaelsimon.nl / 06-30094895.
For more information, go to: www.michaelsimon.nl www.redlightjazz.com

The album will be available on various streaming platforms soon, such as Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and more. The album is also available as a physical CD for purchase in our online store.

To preview or to buy the album, please visit our webshop or check out our dedicated album music page.

About the Artist

Michael Simon is an independent Jazz Artist and Trumpeter who obtained his degrees in Jazz Trumpet, composition and arranging at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Michael Simon founded Roots United in 2000, a Latin jazz septet with a new approach to the genre. Michael has performed in multiple events & venues and has published four Jazz albums.

You can contact the artist here: contact page.

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