About

“What do you get when you mix synthesizers, theremins, traditional folk instruments, and electronic drums with a multitalented, multicultural, classically trained keyboardist (with a degree in electronic music) and a New York jazz drummer?
The answer is Xenovibes (aka founder-composer Shueh-li Ong and USA core member-percussionist John A Martinez.)” ~ Mike Levine, editor, Electronic Musician magazine.

 

IN THE BEGINNING – foreign+expressions

Created in 2003, Xenovibes began as the sonic melange of Shueh-li Ong “Singapore’s 1st and only diva of the theremin”.
Conjoining her Australian-Asian heritage with her classical-music tech training, XV is also the ‘stage’ on which she lets down her hair down in virtuosic synthesizer performance. XV is synonymous with the faces of Shueh-li & Dallas based percussionist, John Anthony Martinez, the group’s other core touring member since its premier in 2004, which witnessed the release of the CD & show ideal.

The CDs bear Ong’s sound design, composition/studio production style whilst the shows carry the passion & aggression of live performance. XV features guest artists in performance.

 

THE SHOW – disparate musical souls coming together in a stream of consciousness exchange.

Visualise Shueh-li stroking the ego of her GuQin, Theremin & tin-whistles, and executing extended synth techniques alongside John’s drumming savoir faire. Then a slew of artists collide in a stream of consciousness exchange of Classical, Ethnic, Electronic, Funk, Psychedelic rock and Latin rhythms!
To complement the core band of Shueh-li and John, artistes are selected from the city Xenovibes performs in, who possess the discipline of classical training and the flexibility of jazz performance.

 

THE LIFESTYLE – ancient art meets new world technology, east meets west.

XV promotes the conjoining of the past with the present to preserve the future in a powerful message, sans frontieres. The noun Xenovibes and its lifestyle concept came about from Shueh-li’s need to explain the way she brings together her heritage, influences, training and philosophy in her work as an instrument builder, composer, playwright, performer and producer.

Artists who have played &/or recorded with Xenovibes include :

Dean Parks ~ Guitar
[Steely Dan, Madonna, Bocelli, J Lo, Celine Dion and movies; Home Alone 2, BowFinger, Mummy Returns etc]

Bill  Ham ~ Guitar
[Israfel (TX), The Yellow Payges (LA), Sonny and Cher Show, Toto, Cher, David Gates & Bread, Freddie Fender and Joan Armatrading]

Jeff Long ~ Guitar
[RadioActive Singapore, BMG-Zomba Asia licensing Manager]

Boo (Jerry) Massey ~ Guitar
[Ronnie Laws, Tom Browne, Jim Carne, John Lamonica]

Shelley Carrol ~ Saxophone and Flute
[Duke Ellington Orchestra, Maureen McGovern, Benny Golson Big Band, Roger Waters ]

Jeremy Bustillos ~ Ewi (electronic wind)
[The Four Tops, Bill Tillman, Barry Manilow, Salsa Y Mas and The New Tokyo Jazz Orchestra]

FACE – DJ, Keys, trumpet
[FACE Recording Band]

Jennifer Perryman ~ Keys
[Mars Hill Band]

Curtis Randall ~ Bass
[Band director for LeAnne Rimes during the height of her career]

Mike McKinney ~ Bass
[Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Murphy, The Jacksons Live album, Dave Grusin, Sergio Mendes, Yarbrough & Peoples, Nelly, Jackson 5 Victory tour]

Chuck Smith ~ Bass
[Najee, Joe McBride, Pamela Williams, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Blake and Jeff Lorber]

George Anderson ~ Bass
[Shakatak, Marilyn McCoo, Jennifer Holliday, Ricardo Arjona, Vanilla Ice]

Bernard Wright ~ Keys
[Lenny White, Erykah Baduh, Tom Browne, Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, Bobby Brown, Roberta Flack. His album 'Nard' was produced by Grusin/Rosen while signed to GRP in 1981, with 'Funky Beat' for Arista and 'Mr. Wright' for Manhattan/EMI.]

Michael Spicer ~ Keys, flute and electronic wind [Redgum Australia, Electric Muse Singapore]

Tyrone Smith ~ Keys
[Boney James, Regina Belle, Allen Vizzutti, Doc Severinsen, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Rogers, Al Green, Johnnie Taylor, Alex Bugnon]