Concert pianist and piano teacher Lingxiao Qin features in my next podcast. She was born and raised in Shanghai and studied at the Royal Academy and the Conservatoire in Scotland. Ling speaks about her life in the UK and China, and what it was like to study as a concert pianist. Ling also shares how she has enabled international and local students to develop their piano skills confidently and happily. In addition to this, she helps to prepare students to study at a conservatoire. Ling performs live on the piano in this podcast.
And just like that all my winter podcasts are now out. The latest featuring Dr. Ryan Thorpe, the founder of The Inkwell literary and creative writing collective that has spread throughout many cities in China and Eric De Fontenay, the founder of Music Dish and finally my own Songs in Asia podcast. I've really enjoyed this first year of podcasting, to be able to connect with listeners and fans in a more intimate way! Whilst there were many challenges in not being able to travel as freely in China and Asia due to the covid restrictions, it did enable these Soundvibe podcasts to begin, as normally I would be traveling to meet a range of creative folks and venues around the globe! I enjoyed being the hostess for jams in Hangzhou at Homey Bar 88 which was a special way to bring a range of poets, musicians and artists together. I'll be doing more of this next year. Thank you for listening into the show folks. I look forward to sharing January podcasts with you shortly! Til then Happy New Year! Jane Nicola
For my December podcast, I interviewed Dr. Ryan Thorpe, the founder of Inkwell literary organisation currently based in Shanghai. Originally from the US, Thorpe has lived in the countries of Korea and China. His literary organisation has continued to supersede many in China and his literary workshops in fiction, screenwriting, poetry, non-fiction and reading continue to appeal to both professional and new comers alike. Thorpe shares the story behind this, both uplifting and fascinating to hear how he has untaken this, throughout his many years in Asia.
In my latest podcast, I share tracks from past and current albums about my time in Asia. It all started when I decided that I wanted to do things differently. Within 6 weeks, I sold my van, left my flat, learnt Chinese on Skype and headed out to Shanghai. At first I taught English but then slowly moved back into music teaching and gigged on the side in China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Producer, Graeme Holdaway continued to produce most of my albums which were all released independently of a record label. Find more about my podcast at:
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So exciting to be preparing a podcast show for you all! I will be speaking with lots of musicians, artists and creators. And paying tribute to my producer Graeme Holdaway has also been an important part of my journey and incentive to share the untold stories of many innovators. Creativity provokes change, fuels a dialogue and a restlessness that I have always liked to tap into. In my travels, I have been fortunate to connect with many doing extraordinary things in their own way. I look forward to sharing these beautiful, funny, quirky and lovely stories with you folks! x
John Carroll, an Irish man in China. Thank you for listening into this pod! Speaking with John revealed his tenacity, strength and courage to explore China, connect with the culture and find a way to reach others through his performances in many different provinces. Though the language can be a barrier for many foreigners, John was able to supersede this drawing upon his Seanchai. His songs are direct, poignant and moving. Listen into his pod, click the link below!
In my next podcast, the artist will be me! As you know, I normally interview other artists and producers for my show but this next pod is a special one with selected tracks shared about my time working with Graeme Holdaway. With Graeme, as my producer, I was able to create a large body of work independently of a record label which included the albums Stacey J. Douglas, Communal Envy and our final album work Railtrack. I look forward to sharing these albums with you and some of the stories behind them!
Jane Nicola Douglas, I am a songwriter, artist and the podcasting host for my show Jane Nicola Soundvibe which was launched in May 2022. I'm from the UK but currently based in Asia. 2022
I have just released a three part pod series celebrating the prolific works of sound engineer and sound technician Graeme Holdaway. In this series, Alex (the wife and mother of Finlay Holdaway) Marijke Bergkamp (Co-creator of The Beat Factory and Sonja Kristina (Curved Air/Acid Folk) share their stories and reflections about Graeme throughout the many years. The episodes delve into his time working with Nation Records, Damon Albarn (Blur), Roger Daltrey and more. Graeme died in December 2020 and I attended his funeral in the UK where his family and many creative folk came together to pay their respect.
It was a pleasure to interview Sonja Kristina for the Jane Nicola Soundvibe show. She spoke abut how she met Graeme when she was living in the countryside with her husband Steward Copeland (Drummer of the Police). Sonja shares how Graeme became a friend, a producer, the bass player of her touring band. Graeme recorded "Songs from the Acid Folk" at the Beat Factory Studio in London.
I recently spoke online with Blues Walker, born in the US, he moved to Sweden. During his time there he has toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia. This included a residency at The House of Blues and Jazz in China where I was lucky to see him play! Blues shares the stories behind his songs. He's got quite a track record and has been on the bill with Albert Collins, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Dawkins Big Big Mama Thornton and more!
The Jane Nicola Soundvibe show features original podcasts, the podcast show was founded by Jane Nicola Douglas in May 2022. Jane Nicola is currently based in Shanghai and she originally grew up in the UK. She gained a B.A. Hons Degree at Middlesex university and then went on to train as a Music Therapist at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge gaining a Masters Degree in Music Therapy. Jane Nicola also undertook an LTCL in Music Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Dundee University. Jane Nicola currently lives in Asia and for the past 13 years, she has worked as a performing artist, entertainment host, writer, educator and music therapist, thus she brings a lively collaborative forum to the table!