Tang Gang

A funk/soul collective of friends just riding the groove and having a blast for all to enjoy!

Tang Gang Funky Tuesday - EP RELEASE

It's been a project in the making for some time now, but finally, it all came together and we'll be celebrating it's arrival with our show at the Basement Tavern this Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Check out our Facebook event. We're looking forward having a drink, catching up, and of course dancing with you! You'll be able to take a CD home with just a donation. Heads up - we have only 100, so don't miss out!

Show must go on - meet Andrew Lee and his guitar!

While our guitar player JohnPaul is in Germany discovering new accomplishments of European guitar makers and enjoying skiing in the Alps and water parks at the same day (very LA-like, right?), we are excited to have Andrew Lee to fill in for Tang Gang show tomorrow night!  

Andrew Lee grew up in Los Angeles playing piano in since the age of 6. By the time he was in high school he was quickly converted to playing guitar. After high school Andrew decided to study finance but soon realized that music was his passion.

The Citrus College commercial music program provided this opportunity and later, furthering his education receiving a BA in guitar performance from Shepherd University. Andrew has had the opportunity to study with some amazing musicians including, Steve Cotter, Allen Hinds, Otmaro Ruiz and Abe Laboriel. Andrew has been privileged to work, tour, and share the stage with a number of talented artists and bands. As a freelance guitarist and a session musician working all over Los Angeles, he has gained the experience and knowledge that can only come from working hands on in the industry.

Come to see this amazing guitarist playing with us tomorrow at the Basement! 

Girl on fire!

Oh, do we love ourselves some keys! We asked our keyboard player Akane to introduce herself and share her story. 

  

I was born in Osaka Japan.  I started taking piano lessons at the age of five and I never stopped because I loved it so much.  Before i knew it, music had become a big part of my life so naturally I wanted to keep learning in any way possible.  I seized an opportunity to learn more about music by learning to play the trumpet and joining a brass band for three years during junior high school .  

Although I knew I wanted to become a professional pianist since I was a little child, I became discouraged due to the regiment of strict and tough classical piano training. On top of that, I soon discovered how financially difficult it would be to attend a music university in Japan and my dream of a career in music started to fade. Still, I could not let myself give up on music! I decided to dedicate myself to  different styles of music.  

Upon turning 20, I moved to California to start a new life.  I attended Citrus College where I learned how to play Pop, Rock and Jazz.  This paved the way to earning a Bachelors of Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz studies from Cal State Long Beach.

I currently teach piano and perform with various groups in LA for living.  Lately I have been writing and arranging music for my piano trio to discover another way to explore my relationship to music.   

 

We absolutely love having Akane as part of the Gang! We asked her what she likes about the group-

-  I enjoy not just playing but hanging out with Tang Gang because each band member is an amazing musician and has great vibes as a person!  

Even when I am having a bad day, just playing with these people makes me want to dance, which of course helps to get rid of any sort of mood that was in!