A Brooklyn based saw/piano duo who have been together four years, Ching Chong Song writes songs that are lyrically and musically at once dark, serious, and funny. In non-apologetic cabaret fashion they candidly address the audience both with assertive, melodic singing and non-conventional instrumentation. Coming up from the underground to play at prestigious clubs on tour in the U.S. and Europe and they are happy to the core to be called, "…a genuine New York oddity..."
Ching Chong Song plays in bohemian buttonholes as well as large venues in New York City where they call home. They've also played in prestigious clubs on tour in the U.S. with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Dufus, and Creaky Boards. They've been on six European tours playing in large venues in Berlin, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam as well as tiny towns where they find small, subversive collectives and build strong bonds with the people they meet.
Some international shows include SO36 legendary club in Berlin with Antifolk favorites Huggabroomstik. At Art Basel, the largest art fair in the world, Ching Chong Song was showcased as part of the Porticus project along with Kevin Blechdom and Wolf Eyes. They’ve played at the 2007 Berlin Porn Film Festival showcase, and Ladyfest, Rotterdam with Kevin Blechdom. Ching Chong Song’s most recent European tour included a collaboration with many artists such as Kevin Blechdom, Barnwave, Justice Yeldham, Bevin Blechdom, Ironing, and Irene Moon making up Slaughterin’ Slobbersville, a vaudevillian genetic mutant war set in 2024 which culminated at the 2009 Donau Festival in Krems, Austria.
Their fans packed Sound Fix venue for the release of Little Naked Gay Adventure (produced by Kevin Blechdom) in January 2008. They work with director Krisjan Thor who often writes performance “obstructions” for them minutes before the duo goes on stage. For example: kissing through an entire song, fans providing a stream of kisses to the performers. Many know the words to their songs and during one refrain, "Don't believe in the sun, make your own light, stand in the light..." you can often hear a hundred voices rise over the hippest heads in Williamsburg. Making friends and influencing people wherever they go. Julie speaks German. Dan speaks man. Together, they define the language of love, music, truth and rebellion.
In late 2009, Ching Chong Song released a second album produced and mixed by Kevin Blechdom called Everything Is For The Babies, featuring Susan Hwang (The Debutante Hour/Bushwick Book Club) playing accordion and singing. Most recently, Dan, Julie, and contrabassist Geoff Larson have embarked on a recording journey with Max Hart (We Are Scientists), combining abstract piano, saw, vocal, ukulele and bass instrumental compositions with songs. The record will be called Good Light/Bad Light.