For August, I will be releasing a special podcast about my recent explorations in Asia and this will incorporate my songs, poetry and music. In moving abroad, I find that the way in which I experience life is different. This hasn't changed within the 14 years of living abroad as I am still surprised at the smallest thing, that reaps an experience that is so different from my life lived in the UK. I start to share more of this journey with you.
In this podcast, I experimented a little differently. You will hear Nyameko read some of his original fables whilst I improvise on my mbira harp. Nyameko also shares about his life lived in China, Korea and South Africa, as well as what it has been like to be the first black editor in Zhejiang. It was great fun to make this podcast and I look forward to more podcast experimentation in the future!
This month, I am a featured and recommended podcast on Goodpods! This is hugely exciting as an independent who started up 9 months ago as a result of the epidemic here in China, I just wanted to continue the deeper conversations that I would normally be having through traveling, hosting shows, gigging and jamming. Initially my show was experimental and began with Blues Walker, from the US who has toured extensively throughout Europe and whom I met up with in Sweden and then later at his residency in Shanghai. When the borders closed, I chose to find a way to still re-create the vibrancy of my travels throughout Asia and Europe so that it was still alive in my own mind! As the pandemic draws to a close, I have found it invaluable to continue this podcast and am greatly inspired by the artists and yourselves, my listeners. In my most recent episode No,. 14, Saskia Tomkins features as a violinist and nyckelharpista who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for her preservation of Irish Music in Canada. I look forward to sharing my next podcast with you soon!
Oh Singapore times! I spent 3 years in the country and loved it! Here's a clip of Colours by Donavan and I was at Lion Studios and this track was recorded by John Herbert, I slowed the song down and tuned down my D string as I wanted a drone bass to fill out the sound. If you'd like to hear of my original track, visit my website below.
Black History month is here! As I'm a black British musician living in Asia for fourteen years which has included the countries of Singapore, China and Hong Kong, here is a little about my own story. I initially trained as a Music therapist, educator and performer in the UK and all of these three aspects have contributed to my work in a unique way over the past few years and I share some of this in my podcasts. The influence of lockdown in China, inspired me to develop podcasts where a deeper conversation can be held and the life of an artist, creative initiator shared. Thus I then created the Soundvibe show last June and am happy to released 11 episodes with more in the pipeline every month. Creating a podcast platform has been very exciting and I have welcomed your feedback about the pods and the artists, speakers that have featured in the podcasts. This year, I look forward to sharing more with you and featuring some artists from China and Asia that you might not have heard of, as well as other artists and creatives from around the globe. Till then!
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
About Jane Nicola:
Jane Nicola Soundvibe features podcasts created by J. N. Douglas. Since May 2022, Jane Nicola founded the Soundvibe podcast to provide an interactive platform for arts innovation and entrepreneurship. Jane Nicola is currently based in Shanghai and previously grew up in the UK. She gained a B.A. Hons Degree at Middlesex University and she then went on to train as a Music Therapist at Anglia Ruskin University graduating with a Masters Degree in Music Therapy. Jane Nicola also undertook an LTCL Diploma in Music Education and a Post Graduate Cert. Jane has worked in the fields of health, education and entertainment as a musician, music therapist and music teacher.