ABOUT JON SHEN
Travelling Jazz Fusion, Neo-Soul, Gospel Funk Musician
Singer, Improvisation Vocalist
Band Leader, Director
Contemporary Music Educator
World Music Trophy Winner
Jon Shen is a Jazz Fusion, Neo-Soul, Gospel Funk singer, and keyboardist whose passion for music and composition runs deep in his soul. Improvisation comes naturally to Jon, as he sees music as a language and possesses an extensive musical vocabulary. Jon enjoys using rhythm and harmony to express the world from his creative perspective. You will hear a solid background of Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Afro-Beat, Urban Fusion, Oriental style, and more in his music. Jon rarely composes within a single genre; instead, he blends multiple styles to form a unique listening experience. His time spent living in the US and Spain has also helped to infuse his compositions with a special mellowness.
Jon has trained in “Speech Level Singing” for many years. His voice has the ability to adapt to various musical styles such as Classical Jazz and Contemporary Neo-Funk Gospel, dance freely between high and low pitches, and across varying dynamics and frequencies. He can improvise without restraint, and has been deemed a “Vocal Player”.
Jon began to learn classical piano at the age of 5. At 13, he formed a band where he played the keyboard, composed and arranged songs. His music was heavily influenced by musicians such as Marcus Miller, D’Angelo, Roy Hargrove, Tony Allen, George Duke, Don Blackman, etc. At church, Jon not only played the keyboard, he was also the lead singer of the church gospel choir. At the age of 18, he held his first solo concert and was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. It was there that he studied under the famous singers Wang Zuoxin, Dong Fang, and Yang Xiaoyong. At 23, Jon was admitted to the Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz and went on to attain a master’s degree in contemporary music performance. At Berklee, he studied under renowned jazz and Latin singer Celia Mur, Spanish jazz pianist Polo Orti, Drummer Mariano Steimberg, and Enric Alberich, professor of Contemporary Harmony Theory. Jon has performed many live concerts in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and mainland China. He also has performed at the “European Summer Festival”, the “American Music and Culture Series Concert” in Spain, the “JZ Jazz Festival” in China, and other music festivals/concerts of different scales. He has performed alongside many well-known masters such as pianist and singer Patrice Rushen, pop singer Siedah Garret, jazz pianist Marc Mangen from Luxembourg, to name a few.
- Singer and keyboardist in “B-Funk”, a Berklee Alumni band, from 2014-2015, where they performed at many fusion jazz and soul-funk style concerts.
- Established a music company JON Music Limited in 2014, began to engage in music composing, music production and education worldwide.
- Composed and produced the song “Pear Flower” in 2015, fusing oriental music style with soul and jazz. It received acclaim from Berklee professors and is used as a teaching example for the “Contemporary Arrangement” course. It won the 2017 World Music Trophy.
- In 2016 and 2017, Jon formed the band “JAZoove Mixtape”, performed in the “JZ Jazz Festival” and gave a special performance of his rearrangement of classic Taiwanese song “望春風” in the Jazz style. Jon also performed a live recording of this song with the band on multiple TV Shows and radio programs.
- In 2017, Jon received an invitation from the Chinese Consulate in Manchester to be a guest performer at the “Chinese Song UK finals" held in Manchester Central, UK. He organized and performed personal charity concerts “LUV Jazz and Funk” in the UK.
- In 2018-2019, Jon composed and produced his album “Sole Divinity”. After its worldwide release, he toured multiple cities in Asia performing with his band “JAZoove Mixtape”.
- In 2020, Jon returned to Hong Kong to regroup the band with some outstanding musicians, now signed with Divine Field Records under the new name "Jazove Mixtape", and they play regularly in Hong Kong music events.
As a musician, Jon not only composes and performs, but he is also devoted to contemporary music education for aspiring musicians. His approach to teaching music is to teach it like a language. He combines technique, contemporary theory, practical application and uses listening, observation, speaking, and writing as tools to learn. He guides students to develop their listening, playing, and improvisational skills to become well-rounded musicians. The goal is to give students the ability to use music as a language to build their own masterpieces. Jon’s students have gone on to become professional singers, performers, composers, arrangers, teachers, and to work in the contemporary music industry. Jon continues to collect musical elements from around the world and to integrate them and his life experiences into his music and teaching practice.
JON SHEN ON BEING A MUSICIAN:
Every style of music originates from a certain place, but my opinion is that music is mean to be shared and played around the world as ONE - it doesn’t have to stay in any single place. Music is a gift from God, we can all appreciate and learn from it, rising above racial and ethnic barriers. Having an open perspective as a musician allows us to be freer when we play and compose, learn about different cultures, customs, and history through music. We can take different styles and fuse them to form our own musical language. Through this language, we have the ability to build and communicate our stories.
“美國World Music Trophy”獲獎者
Jon Shen是一位用溶於自身血液的音樂語境譜寫音符的音樂家，秉持「音符就是語言」的他擅於在音樂中即興使用每個節奏點、和聲和樂句去表達他想像的情境和世界觀，無論在創作上還是演藝上都充滿他自由的個人色彩。在他的音樂中能聽出他堅實的Jazz、Funk、Gospel、Soul、R&B、Urban Fusion、Afro-Beat以及東方音樂等風格的音樂背景，卻又不拘泥於某種風格，融合出屬於他特有的聽覺動態，美國和西班牙的旅居生活使他的音樂披上了一層靈動和灑脫。多年研習「Speech Level Singing」聲樂技術的他，擁有自由行走於高低音、胸頭聲的Jazz, Gospel聲線，加上濃厚的人聲合唱編排和自由的即興，而被譽為「Vocal Player」。
他5歲開始學習古典鋼琴；13歲開始組建樂隊擔任鍵盤手及創作編排歌曲，音樂上深受Marcus Miller、D’Angelo、Roy Hargrove、Tony Allen、George Duke、Don Blackman等音樂家的影響；同時也在這個年紀開始教會詩班福音音樂的司琴和領唱；18歲舉辦首場個人音樂會，同年赴上海音樂學院，主修音樂劇表演，師從著名歌唱家王作欣、董芳和楊小勇教授；23歲赴美國伯克利音樂學院碩士院（Berklee College of Music）深造爵士樂表演及編曲製作並獲現代音樂表演碩士學位，師從著名爵士及拉丁歌手Celia Mur、西班牙著名爵士鋼琴家Polo Orti、爵士鼓演奏家Mariano Steimberg、現代和聲理論教授Enric Alberich等。他曾在美國、英國、中國大陸及香港等地舉行多場現場演出，他還曾在「歐洲Summer音樂節」、「西班牙American Music and Culture系列音樂會」、「西班牙Valencia Lago Del Conciertos露天音樂會」”、「中國JZ爵士音樂節」等音樂活動的舞台上，曾與流行天後Siedah Garrett、盧森堡爵士鋼琴家Marc Mangen、葛萊美獎得主爵士鋼琴家及Funk藍調歌手Patrice Rushen等大師同台合作演出。
- 2014-2015年於Berklee校友組建的樂團「B-Funk」擔任歌手和鍵盤手，以現代Fusion Jazz & Soul-Funk為主打風格，活躍於歐洲各大音樂表演活動。
- 2014年成立音樂公司JON Music Limited，開始為全球範圍提供音樂創作、音樂製作及教學。
- 2015年創作製作及發行的《夢醒梨花》（Pear Flower）首次嘗試將東方韻律同西方靈魂樂、爵士樂進行融合，受到伯克利音樂學院教授與歐洲樂迷們的青睞，該曲曾在伯克利音樂學院「Contemporary Arranging」課程作為教學範例，亦憑藉此曲斬獲2017年度「美國World Music Trophy音樂獎項」。
- 2016和2017年組建「JAZoove Mixtape」樂團在「JZ廈門爵士音樂節」等多個音樂活動進行專場演出，改編成爵士風格的經典台語歌曲《望春風》廣受好評，並受到廈門衛視和多家廣播媒體節目組邀請，帶領樂隊進行訪談和節目現場錄製。
- 2017年受中國駐Manchester領事館之邀，於英國Manchester Central舉行的「Chinese Song UK (唱響英倫歌手大賽)」決賽現場擔任表演嘉賓，同年於英國舉辦個人慈善專場音樂會「LUV Jazz-Funk Concert」，為英國樂迷帶去來自東方的聲音。
- 2018-2019年間潛心創作製作全新專輯《Sole Divinity》於全球發行，並帶領「JAZoove Mixtape」於多個國家及地區舉行巡迴演出和新專輯音樂會。
- 2020年於香港與幾位傑出的音樂家以新名「Jazove Mixtape」重組樂團，樂團正式以藝人單位加入Divine Field Records，並活躍在香港各大音樂活動。