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by ZENG

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ONLY ONE.als 03:06
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EXHALE.als 03:07
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CNS.als 04:59
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FIREBALL.als 03:24
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YOUR WAY.als 04:23
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CLOSE.als 03:27
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TIME.als 03:10
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about

Based in New York City, producer/keyboardist ZENG makes his recording debut on Ropeadope Records with “Loading…” The album draws on numerous musical influences, ranging from R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, and Jazz to EDM, Future Bass, and Deep House. Conceived of as a jazz-infused dance music album, “Loading…” was produced to inspire movement and joy in what has become a largely stagnant and debilitated pandemic-ridden world. The album features some of the most in-demand young jazz musicians on the scene today including: Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Braxton Cook (Christian Scott, Tom Misch), Marquis Hill, J Hoard (Chance the Rapper, Brasstracks), and Maurice Brown (Anderson Paak), along with many other up and coming young jazz musicians who are staples of the NY jazz/hip-hop/R&B scene. The album highlights ZENG’s role as a genre-bending producer, songwriter, and composer with jazz-lofi and dance sensibilities, and is intended to appeal not only to the listener’s ears, but also their bodies.

Previously, he has been mentioned in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer and has opened for jazz luminaries such as Chris Potter, John Pizzarelli, Marc Cary, and Terence Blanchard. He’s also performed with many jazz greats in both performance and master-class settings, including Robert Hurst, Chris Bullock, Mark Shim, Jason Palmer, Dana Hawkins, and many more. He has performed/has had residencies at many top music venues in NYC including Smoke, Smalls, Birdland, Nublu, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, Piano’s, Groove NYC, and more. Collectively, members of his live group have performed with some of the biggest names in jazz including: Joe Lovano, Casey Benjamin, Obed Calvaire, Mike Stern, Joe Locke, Oz Noy, Billy Childs, Stefon Harris, Terence Blanchard, etc. He has also regularly worked with many producers (including legendary international house producer Lenny Fontana) and is a certified LANDR Network Featured Pro.

As a graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, he studied with Kendrick Scott and also studied arranging and composition with Miguel Zenon. David was mentored by the highly acclaimed gospel pianist/vocalist/music director Damien Sneed (Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross). Prior to this, he graduated from Princeton University in 2014 magna cum laude and was heavily involved in the Downbeat award-winning jazz program there.

ZENG is quickly making a name for himself as one of the most in-demand, rising young artists on the New York music scene with his unique approach to production coupled with his extensive jazz chops, and he is destined to make waves in both the jazz and dance music scenes. Stay tuned for more releases in 2021.

credits

released December 11, 2020

1. STARGAZING.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Shan Dae
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Shan Dae
Saxophone: Braxton Cook

2. ONLY ONE.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, DAP the Contract, Shan Dae
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: DAP the Contract, Shan Dae
Bass: Niklas Lukassen

3 EXHALE.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Joy Elysse
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Joy Elysse
Trumpet: Marquis Hill

4. CNS.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, J Hoard, Joy Elysse
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: J Hoard, Joy Elysse
Saxophone/Flute: Braxton Cook

5. FIREBALL.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Dizzy Senze, Hattie Simon
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Dizzy Senze, Hattie Simon

6. YOUR WAY.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Joy Elysse
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Joy Elysse
Saxophone: Braxton Cook
Bass: CARRTOONS

7. SUMMERTIME VIBE.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Dizzy Senze
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Dizzy Senze, Shyamala
Trumpet/Trombone: Maurice Brown
Guitar: Peter Enriquez

8. CLOSE.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Joy Elysse
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Joy Elysse
Saxophone/flute: Chris Bullock

9. TIME.als
Songwriters: David Zheng, Yank$
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Yank$
Trumpet/Trombone/Saxophone: Maurice Brown
Guitar: Peter Enriquez

10. RED LIGHT.als
Songwriters: David Zheng
Producer/Keyboards: ZENG
Vocals: Hattie Simon
Saxophone: Santosh Sharma
Guitar: Peter Enriquez

Mixing/Mastering for all tracks: Joel Gardella

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