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   1.过去
  艾敬出生在沈阳的艳粉街。她的父亲热爱民族音乐,擅长各种民族乐器,是艾敬的音乐启蒙老师。母亲是评剧演员,艾敬从小便耳濡目染,对歌唱表演艺术特别热爱。很小的时候,她便进了沈阳电视台少年合唱团担任领唱。初中毕业后,又考进沈阳艺术学校声乐系,到了16岁时,艾敬就已经登上舞台,开始随沈阳歌舞团到处巡回演出了。
 
  1987年,艾敬离开了家乡沈阳来到北京,并幸运地考入北京东方歌舞团学员班。在东方歌舞团学习期间,艾敬录制了当年曾创下600多万盒卡带销量的音乐专辑《大趋势》,演唱了其中红遍大江南北的歌曲《沈阳啊,我的故乡》,但是当时的艾敬还没有准备好她的成名路。那时她最大的梦想是要录制一张完全属于自己的音乐专辑,并且每首歌都为她而量身创作。带着这个大胆的梦想,艾敬告别了北京,来到当时更为开放的广州,从此开始了浪迹天涯的生活。

  1989至1990年间,艾敬在广州录制了大量的港台歌曲,为她日后录制专辑奠定了坚实的演唱基础及录音经验,还因为“长得像山口百惠,笑起来像栗原小卷”而被选中,主演了广东电视台拍摄的长篇电视剧《情魔》。艾敬因此迷上了表演,又回到了北京,还考入中央戏剧学院表演系进修班学习表演并获得了表演系的大专学历。之后很多年里,艾敬又接连主演了三部电影:1990年由汤臣电影公司出品的叶鸿伟导演的电影《五个女子和一根绳子》,1999年香港导演邱礼涛的作品《等候董建华发落》,2001年内地新锐导演李虹的《黑白》;以上三部电影均在各大国际影展上获得多项大奖。
 
2.唱片制作
  1990年,艾敬开始录制第一张个人专辑,《我的1997》是她首次发表的作品。专辑由香港著名作词人刘卓辉创立的独立厂牌“大地唱片”出品。这张专辑乐手和幕后制作团队请来了几乎当时中国原创乐坛的全部精英,黄晓茂、王迪、臧天朔、刘效松、三儿、王勇、何勇、陈劲、三宝等等。而由顾长卫执导的《流浪的燕子》以及张元执导的《我的1997》两支MV一经播出,便轰动一时,外界好评如潮,还成为了当时中国原创乐坛歌手拍摄MV的范本作品。1992年艾敬的首张专辑《我的1997》出版发行,从筹备、完成制作到出版整整经历了三年。

  《我的1997》专辑不仅在中国大受欢迎,在东南亚及日本也获得了非常不错的成绩,特别是在日本,最初,在没有任何宣传的情况下,也获得3万张的唱片销量。《我的1997》迅速席卷了整个中国,专辑销量超过百万。不仅歌曲成为了中国“城市民谣”的抗旗大作,艾敬本人也被誉为“城市民谣”领军人物。那时候的乐坛主流还是以由日文、英文歌曲改编而来的港台歌曲为首,艾敬的成功堪称奇迹。很快的,艾敬在日本迅速走红,日本著名民歌手加藤登纪子把《我的1997》翻唱成了日语,从而结束了华语乐坛单向翻唱日语歌的历史。

  1994年艾敬出版了第二张专辑《艳粉街的故事》,专辑请到了台湾著名音乐人陈升制作歌曲《艳粉街的故事》、《外婆这样的女人》,更从澳洲请到国际知名乐队INXS的鼓手Jon Farris制作了《情陷89》、《三套车》、《Love In My Dream》等三首歌曲。在这张专辑中,艾敬创作了大部分词曲,并首度参与制作人工作,专辑同样在全亚洲取得了成功。1995年4月,艾敬在东京成功举办了两场个人演唱会。

  1996年,艾敬签约日本SONY唱片公司,第三张专辑《追月》由日本著名制作人佐藤刚和她联合制作,艾敬创作了专辑中几乎所有的歌曲。在日发展期间,艾敬开始了与日本的音乐人全面合作,特别是应邀参与世界著名指挥家小泽征尔的《地球交响曲》演出,让艾敬在日本的音乐发展达到一个高峰。此外,她还在日本参加了无数的音乐节,与来自世界各地的流行音乐家同台演出,其中便包括了与“中国摇滚教父”崔健和日本著名乐队THE BOOM 一起在东京的武道馆等地成功举办的“95亚洲音乐节”,之后艾敬又陆续在东京、大阪、名古屋等日本重要城市举办了个人演唱会。

  1997年,艾敬来到美国学习、观摩音乐和艺术,为她的下一张专辑寻找灵感。她的第四张专辑《Made In China》大部分在美国写成。在纽约艾敬开始欣赏到很多不同的艺术,从百老汇到地下乐队,从美术馆到街头艺术。在一个混合着全世界多种民族多种文化的纽约,艾敬欣喜地找到了自己作为一个中国人的骄傲和认同感。

   1998年4月,艾敬在洛杉矶CBS 录音棚完成了专辑《Made In China》的录制。该专辑由艾敬和台湾“民谣教父”李寿全联合制作。这张专辑全部邀请美国知名乐手,这些乐手都曾参与过很多知名流行音乐家的专辑录制和巡回演唱会。1998年底,艾敬的第四张专辑《Made In China》在日本及亚洲个别地区发行,令她感到最大的遗憾是《Made In China 》这张专辑始终没有在国内正式发行。1999年6月,她与日本SONY唱片公司的合约期满。恢复了自由身的艾敬解除了自己身边所有工作的关系,多年的音乐生活,让她感到自己并没有真正的成长,她开始寻找另一种生活,踏上了一个人的旅途。
 
  2000年至2001年,艾敬师从艺术家张晓刚学习绘画,沉浸在学习绘画的快乐和自由中,她形容那段日子自己像是沉在海底的沙,宁静而细致。她开始认真思考自己的使命究竟是什么?!艾敬又慢慢开始了音乐创作,只是音乐作品似乎更加艺术化、理想化。

  2002年6月艾敬工作室成立。7月,艾敬只身一人前往英国伦敦录制新专辑。2003年9月,艾敬第五张专辑《是不是梦》在内地发行。专辑中充满了对未来环保主题的探讨,并与音乐家三宝合作,用长达24分钟的音乐和朗读描述一个关于“熊猫天使”的绿色卡通故事,表现手法相当前卫。为了这张专辑的宣传,艾敬重新回归到了一个新人的姿态,以一个女独立音乐人的勇敢和坚韧面对着今天娱乐化的音乐市场。在坚定的信念中,艾敬的第五张专辑《是不是梦》在国内获得了非常不错的反响,《是不是梦》在CCTV-3《综艺快报》的“每周唱片销量排行榜”中连续十周获得内地销量冠军。

  2004年9月,艾敬出版了第一本集散文、诗歌、绘画、写真为一体的作品集《艾在旅途》,首次曝光了大批珍贵的资料照片及不为人知的幕后故事,更邀请纽约摄影师Alex CAO为她拍摄了大量时尚前卫的照片,完整地记录了她在纽约的生活。同时2006年9月,她的首张个人音乐作品精选集《艾在旅途•艾敬首张音乐创作精选集》出版,整张专辑的作品来自于艾敬出道十余年的五张原创专辑。
  3.近况
  2005年艾敬定居纽约,平时喜欢到当地的画廊及美术馆欣赏艺术品,生活以绘画和煮饭为主。目前已经有多家画廊和策展人纷纷表示愿意为艾敬举办个人画展。但是艾敬却希望自己能在绘画艺术上更多的学习,积累和尝试。

    十年光阴弹指一挥间,艾敬和音乐一起走过荣誉、走过艰难、走过青春,虽然苦的成分比乐的成分多,但是艾敬还是收获了音乐创作带给她的快乐。艾敬说,“音乐不再是我的爱人,音乐只是我的情人”,只有在特定的时间和条件下,她才会和“音乐情人”温存,并终生不离不弃。
如今,艾敬已经不再期待收获。生活在纽约的艾敬,也是国内几家有影响力的杂志的专栏作家。艾敬用文字的方式继续和我们保持着联系,诉说她平静的生活和不平静的旅途。身体流着一半满族血统的艾敬,和她的祖先一样喜欢游牧似的生活,随着季节的变化改变着自己的栖息地。也许这正是艾敬的理想人生吧。
                        
                         艾敬工作室 2007/5/8
       

Brief Introduction of Ai Jing

1. The past
 
  Ai Jing was born on Yanfen Street in Shenyang. Her father loved traditional Chinese folk music, excelled at playing all types of folk musical instruments, and was her first music teacher. Her mother was a traditional opera performer, and influenced Ai Jing from an early age to have a special love for singing. When she was still a little girl, Ai Jing became the lead singer for the Youth Choir of Shenyang TV. After graduation from junior high school, she enrolled in the music department of the Shenyang School of Arts. At the age of 16, Ai Jing was already on the stage, performing around the country with the Shenyang Song and Dance Troupe.

  In 1987, Ai Jing left Shenyang, her home town, for Beijing, and passed the entrance examination to become a student in the Beijing Oriental Song and Dance Troupe. During the training period, she recorded her album “Great Trend,” which broke records by selling more than 6 million cassettes that year. The album included her song “Ah Shenyang, My Hometown,” which became popular all over the country. But she was not ready to become a celebrity then. Her biggest dream at that time was to record an album of her own with each song tailor-made for herself. With that bold dream, Ai Jing left Beijing for the more open environment of Guangzhou, starting her life as a drifter.
   
  Between 1989 and 1990 in Guangzhou, Ai Jing recorded a great many Hong Kong and Taiwan songs, which gave her a solid foundation and good experience for producing her own albums down the road. Also, because “she looks like Momoe Yamaguchi, and smiles like Kurihara Komaki,” she was selected as an actress to play in the TV soap opera “Addicted to Love.” She fell in love with acting and returned to Beijing, where she entered the acting department in the Central Academy of Drama, receiving her college diploma in acting. In the years after she graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, Ai Jing played in three films successively: “Five Girls and a Rope,” directed by Ye Hongwei in 1990; “From the Queen to the Chief Executive,” by Hong Kong director Herman Yau in 1999; and “Black and White,” directed by young Li Hong from Mainland China in 2001. All three films won prizes in international film festivals.
 
2. Production of Music CDs
  In 1990, Ai Jing began working on her first solo album, “My 1997.” The album was produced by Dadi Records, an independent label created by Gene Lau, a well-known Hong Kong lyricist. Virtually all of the top names in the music business in China at the time were invited to play music or work on the production of the album, including Huang Xiaomao, Wang Di, Zhang Tianshuo, Liu Xiaosong, San Er, Wang Yong, He Yong, Chen Jin and San Bao. The MV “Vagabond Swallow,” directed by Gu Changwei, and the MV “My 1997,” directed by Zhang Yuan, became big hits after their release, receiving much praise. The two videos became exemplary MV works in Chinese music circles at the time. In 1992, her first solo album, “My 1997,” was released. It took three years to finish, from planning to completion.

  “My 1997” was warmly received not only in China, but was also loved throughout Southeast Asia and Japan. It was especially hot in Japan, where more than 30,000 CDs sold immediately, despite there being no advance promotion. “My 1997” quickly became popular all over China, selling more than one million copies. It became a folk rock classic in China, and also made Ai Jing the leader of the folk rock movement. At that time, the music world was dominated by Hong Kong and Taiwan songs in turn adapted from Japanese and Western songs, and thus Ai Jing’s success was something of a miracle. Soon, Ai Jing was a big hit in Japan, and when the famous Japanese folk singer Tokiko Kato sang “My 1997” in Japanese, it ended the one way trend of Japanese songs being sung in China’s music circles.

  In 1994, Ai Jing''''''''s second album, “Once Upon a Time on Yanfen Street,” was released. She invited Taiwan music artist Bobby Chen to be the producer for two of the songs on the album, “Once Upon a Time on Yanfen Street” and “My Grandma." She also invited Jon Farris, the drummer of the world renowned Australian band INXS, to produce three of the songs on the album:“Fall in 89,”"Three Carriages," and "Love In My Dream." In this album, Ai Jing composed most of the music and lyrics herself, and for the first time she acted as the producer. This album was a big success all over Asia. In April 1995, Ai Jing held two successful concerts in Tokyo.

  One year later, Ai Jing signed a contract with Sony Music, and “Chasing the Moon,” her third album, was produced in cooperation with famed Japanese producer Beatnik, with Ai Jing composing most of the songs on the album. During her stay in Japan, she started to work with leading Japanese artists. She was invited to join a group of well-known international performers to sing a song for “Symphony of the Earth” conducted by the world famous Seiji Ozawa, which gave her music a huge boost in Japan. She also took part in many music festivals in Japan, and performed together with many pop musicians from all over the world. This included the successful “95 Asian Music Festival” in Tokyo''''''''s Budokan, in which she appeared together with Cui Jian, the grandfather of rock ''''''''n'''''''' roll in China, and the famous Japanese band The Boom. Later, she held concerts in major Japanese cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

  In 1997, Ai Jing went to the United States to experience the local music and arts scene and search for inspiration for her next album. Most of her fourth album, titled “Made in China,” was completed in America. In New York, Ai Jing enjoyed many different kinds of art, from Broadway plays to underground bands, and from art museums to street art. In New York, a city with a mélange of cultures from all over the world, Ai Jing delightedly found her pride and identity as a Chinese.

  In April, 1998, Ai Jing completed the recording of her album “Made in China ” in a CBS recording studio in Los Angeles. This album was co-produced by Ai Jing and Lee Shouquan, the father of folk music in Taiwan. Many famous American musicians--who had played backup for recordings and concerts of many other leading artists--were invited to play for this album. At the end of 1998, “Made in China” was released in Japan and other counties in Asia. Her biggest regret is that “Made in China” was never released in China. In June 1999, after the expiration of her contract with Sony Music, Ai Jing was free again and she terminated all her working relations. Many years working in the music industry left her with the feeling that she had not really grown as a person, and she began to search for another way of life, setting off on her own personal journey.

  From 2000 to 2001, Ai Jing began to study painting with artist Zhang Xiaogang. She immersed herself in the delight and freedom of painting. She described herself in those days as a grain of sand settled on the bottom of the sea, quiet and delicate. She started to wonder what her purpose in life was. Ai Jing gradually found her musical creativity again, and her new works were more artistic and idealistic.

  Ai Jing established her own studio in June, 2002. In July, she went to Britain to record a new album. In September 2003, her fifth album, “Is It a Dream,” was released in Mainland China. The focus of this album was the future of the environment. “Is It a Dream” topped the “Weekly Music CD Sales Countdown” on the China Culture Express Program of CCTV-3 for ten weeks running. In addition, in cooperation with Taiwan musician San Bao, Ai Jing did a 24 minute, avant-garde green cartoon titled “Panda Angel.” 

   In September 2004, “Ai On The Road,” the first collection of Ai Jing’s works, including prose, poems and paintings, was published with a large number of photographs and background stories never seen before by the public. She invited New York photographer Alex Cao to take a large number of artistic and avant-garde photographs of her, completely recording her life in New York. In September, 2006, the first collection of her works, “Ai On The Road-The Very Best of Ai Jing,” was released. All the songs in the collection came from the 15 albums she recorded during her more than ten years as an artist.

3. Recent Situation
  Ai Jing settled in New York in 2005. She likes to visit the local galleries and art museums to enjoy art, but focuses her energy on painting and cooking. Several galleries and curators have expressed an interest in exhibiting her art, but Ai Jing would like to first learn more about painting and accumulate more experience.

  Ten years have passed in a flash. Ai Jing and her music have traversed glory, hardship and time. Although the hard times were more than the good ones, she still gained a great deal of pleasure from the creation of music. As Ai Jing puts it, “Music is no longer my husband, but rather my lover.” Only at a special time and under special conditions, will she caress her “music lover,” but they will never part with each other.
 
  Ai Jing no longer awaits a harvest. Living in New York, she still accepts the invitation from the Hong Kong Ming Pao Group to write her “Ai On The Road” column. She continues to stay in touch with us through her words, telling us about her tranquil life and non-tranquil journey. Being half-Manchu, Ai Jing shares her ancestor''''''''s love for the nomadic life, and she continues to change her habitat with the change of seasons. Maybe this is her ideal life.
 
                                                                                                                      May 8, 2007 
 
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