Mandarin​(​e) Jazz (普通话爵士) (2010)

by Zhang Si'an (Djang San 张思安)



I recorded that album with the idea of recording Jazz only using Chinese instruments.

It started pretty well but for whatever reason, after a few late nights playing guitar at 4 in the morning at local hangout "2 Kolegas" i changed my mind and after recording "Take the A train", i went on an experimental trip mixing Jazz, classical music, Chinese poetry, rock music, punk lyrics and Chinese folk music.

Even though like as usual, i recorded most of the songs on my own playing on the instruments, i tried to create something with different music players from Ningxia, Xinjiang, China, France. Not all the track i wanted to record with those guys made it to the album but i kept the best of it.

In this album i created a new way of playing
"Zhongruan", a sort of Chinese banjo. I am the first musician to ever record a jazz standard using that instrument in that way. Check the video for it on youtube: and


released December 1, 2010

Album name « Mandarin(e) Jazz »
Artist: Zhang Si’an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain)

This album was recorded at Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain's (aka Zhang Si'an) home studio in Beijing between the month of February 2010 and December 2010 except « Walking in Beijing », partly recorded at 2Kolegas in June 2010 by Doufu.

All vocals, and all instruments: Zhang Si’an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain) except on “Walking in Beijing” and “Mad Horses”, percussions by Uyghur percussionist Ubul Tursten from Xinjiang on both songs, bass by Shizhen Kai (Guixian) on “Walking in Beijing”, bass by Zhang Si’an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain) on « Mad Horses », second guitar by Mathieu Wahiche on “Walking in Beijing”.

All words and music written and composed by Zhang Si'an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain) except “Take the A train”,  ”Summertime” and “Huan Xisha”.

“Take the A train” was composed by Duke Ellington at the beginning of the 20th century.

“Summertime” was composed by George Gershwin at the beginning of the 20th century.

“Huan Xisha” ‘s words are from a poem By Shu Yan  (Song Dynasty), music composed by Zhang Si'an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain).

All songs arranged by Zhang Si'an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain).

All songs Mixed in Beijing, China by Zhang Si’an (Jean-Sébastien Héry et de Galzain) at his home studio between February and December 2010.

CD Mastering : Martin Rawlins (Martin Rawlins Studio) in October 2010 – January 2011.

Cover by Sébastien Mahon.



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Zhang Si'an (Djang San 张思安) 北京市, China

15 years of music in China. More than 30 albums released, China Battle of the Band winner, Pipa and Zhongruan re-inventor, "guitar anti-hero", self-entitled poet, thinker when he can think.

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