Secret Treetop

by Annie Chen Octet

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Vocalist/composer Annie Chen, born in Beijing and based in New York, is both musically and geographically international. As a child she studied classical piano but also fell in love with jazz. As an adult she became interested in traditional music from around the world. All of those influences emulsify into a unique style of Chen’s own on her second album, Secret Treetop, to be released November 2, 2018 through Shanghai Audio&Video Ltd. Co. “When you are standing at the top of the tree, you can see a much wider world,” says Chen in explaining Secret Treetop’s title. “It’s just like that when you’re making music: You need to see farther and open your mind and heart. Everything must be open.”
The album adds additional layers of global music influence by way of Chen’s octet, which features Polish guitarist Rafal Sarnecki, Japanese violinist Tomoko Omura and Canadian trumpeter David Smith alongside American jazz musicians Glenn Zaleski (piano), Alex LoRe (alto saxophone/flute), Mat Muntz (bass) and Jerad Lippi (drums).

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released November 2, 2018

Annie Chen compositions, lyrics, vocals
Rafal Sarnecki arrangements, electric guitar
Tomoko Omura 5-string violin
David Smith trumpet, flugelhorn on track 7
Alex LoRe alto saxophone, flute on track 4
Glenn Zaleski piano
Mathew Muntz bass
Jerad Lippi drums

Produced by Annie Chen assisted by Marius Duboule
Recorded by Kiwi Wei assisted by Chris Benham at Big Orange Sheep Recording Studio in Brooklyn, New York on November 7 & 9, 2017.
Edited by Shaoting Sun
Mixed and Mastered by David Darlington at Bass Hit Recording in New York
Graphic design by Yawen Jiang

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Annie Chen New York, New York

Vocalist, composer, and bandleader Annie Chen has led ensembles varying from duos up to her current octet, and has performed her original music at major venues in the city. Chen’s original compositions which reveal a cohesive musical vision that integrates her influences from across traditional Chinese, Western classical, gospel, Middle Eastern, Eastern European and alternative rock music. ... more

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Track Name: Ozledim Seni
The colder night, find myself alone, in my dream, I dream of thousand years more.
I’m dreaming that raining in my garden, I dream of the warm breeze as sweet as his singing in the summer.
I open million doors to chase his eyes, flying like a bird in the bright June sky.
I might stand stones of thousand years ago, I saw he sheds million tears.
Ozledim seni, I still can hear his whispering, ozledim seni, I still can hear his promise.
Track Name: Majo Kiki in 12 Days
Ocean’s shinning, birds’re sleeping, mercury’s falling down.
Rose’s blooming, thunder’s speaking, butterflies and moonbeams.
Flying through the clouds, riding with the wind, climbing the top of sky.
Rising in the sun, sweeping over land, floating in the rain, little wing.
I like to fly in the midnight under silver light, blue shadow would hide the stars, crossing sky.
Somewhere, distance, red ribbon guide. Stranger, black dress, no matter how far I’ll be.
Dreamers are dreaming, alive and breathing.
On the rooftop, over street lamps, there’s a world in mind.
Track Name: Secret Treetop
When I started flying. Alive and breathing, chasing stars, a distance dream.
Dancing there, as the rain, like the tree.
This is where we’re staying, standing top of secret tree.
Track Name: Orange Tears Lullaby
Find me in your dream, just leave all the pain behind,my deep blue moon is in the sky.
Paint an open space, a thousand miles and a single day, I will be quiet, will be quiet.
Close your eyes, trust night to take you.
Please just hold my hand, passing silvery night of mine.
Under the cover, never never doubt me, through me a lifeline to be true.
Make the days run faster, growing to be stronger,up above the places not alone.
Sleep, my dear, with the stars and the moon and the mount over there.
It’s home, my dear, in my prayer, no fear unfold, just beyond the mountain side, way up high.
Track Name: Mr.Wind-Up Bird, Strange Yearning
no lyrics
Track Name: Leaving Sonnet
I wake up, but where, I don’t know.
I don’t just think, voice the question, to myself.
Where am I, maybe I don’t know, here’s in life.
Dusty morning light, maybe sometime raining.
I’ll stay in bed, there might be a man next to me.
More often left, I’m just alone, just me and the express way, running right next to my room.
Strain my ear,hear the song that I sing, hear the slow, nice and slow, look at the puzzle’s falling, rain drops are dripping.
Play,take the place, I just know someone’s crying softly, but maybe me, feel the pulse,
and the dream.
Wait on, weeping, so much that you swear, reach out for me.
Somewhere, leaving, I’m the part of it, where am I?
Step upon step, where should I be?
Track Name: Gan Lan Shu (Olive Tree) - Taiwanese Folk Song
不要问我从哪里来,我的故乡在远方,为什么流浪,流浪远方,流浪。
为了天空飞翔的小鸟,为了山间轻流的小溪,为了宽广的草原,流浪远方,流浪。
还有还有,为了梦中的橄榄树橄榄树,不要问我从哪里来,我的故乡在远方。
为什么流浪,为什么流浪远方,为了我梦中的橄榄树。
Track Name: All Apologies [digital release only]
What else should I be, all apologies.
What else could I say, everyone is gay.
What else could I write, I don't have the right.
What else should I be, all apologies.
In the sun, in the sun I feel as one, In the sun,In the sun.
Married, buried.
I wish I was like you, easily amused. Find my nest of salt, everything's my fault.
I take all the blame, aqua sea foam shame.
Sunburn, freezer burn, choking on the ashes of her enemy.In the sun, in the sun I feel as one, In the sun,In the sun.
Married, buried.
All in all is all we are, all in all is all we are.
Track Name: My Ocean is Blue in White
Do you remember? The cold air in the winter. I met you there, when you were in the place. I was holding my bag in the chair, you were sitting next to me.You brought me down the station, and all the pride, shy and stories in your eyes. And you started to kiss me tenderly.

I thought about what you said, you said, “I should bring you to my place.” I told you I wanna stay with you, for the whole lonely night.
You were probably right, as you said, I’ve lost, I was lost, and I confused. But here’s the only place that I felt like inside I belonged to, I belonged to.

I was in silence, laying down on your arm, we were all gazing at the ceiling with big light on the top. Silence weighed heavily, pinning my thoughts under its gravity. From time to time, the candle sputtered out. I said “take care yourself in the trip”, you tried to joke, “go with me to the far away city.”

But after I left, the place still the silent sound, slowly slowly came out. I stood there but I couldn’t move, crying like child. I was at bottom of the sea, my ocean is blue, an echo inside of my head, my ocean is blue in white.

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