We are Unbound
Unbound is a San Francisco based free-jazz world fusion music ensemble with members from San Francisco, Chengdu, and Beijing. We play world music consisting of jazz fusion, free jazz, and American funk rock mixed with Chinese melodies from folk to opera to rock. We also explore connections to Native American music. Our original compositions, such as Dancing with Moon Eyes, Flashbacks and Lightning, and Tai, are influenced by nature and authentic human spirits. In our Chinese fusion music such as Kang Ding Love Song, The Cheerful Sunshine, and Goodfella, we combine our music into a unique sonic painting where East meets West.
Vocals, Guitar / Marc Schmitz
Drums / Dave Mihaly
Vocals, Keyboard / Lin Shi
Pipa / Shuxin Meng
is the guitarist and vocalist in Unbound and resides in San Francisco. He is also a composer. Originally from Wisconsin, he studied jazz guitar/jazz theory with George Pritchett (Buddy Rich Big Band) in Milwaukee and Jack Grassell at the Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music. He also attended the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York where he studied under musician such as Karl Berger and Anthony Braxton.
Marc has performed with many groups ranging from funk to rock/pop to fusion to straight ahead jazz and his favorite, improvisational “free” music. He has performed with the Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians and enjoys working with contemporary dance. Many of his compositions have been performed and recorded in the SF area. After over six years with DaMaDa, a Chinese jazz-fusion band, he has now become part of the quartet, Unbound, where he is able to combine all of the musical influences in his life into Unbound’s performances.
is the drummer in Unbound. He is also a composer. He has toured the world with his own group––the Shimmering Leaves Ensemble, as well as Jolie Holland, Sean Hayes, Ara Anderson, and Jon Birdsong. He has made 4 records with his own group, and has a 5th album coming out on Calar Records; a suite for Muhammad Ali. Dave is from New Jersey. He has played in many groups in San Francisco, New Jersey, and New York, and has appeared on over 50 recordings.
Dave has been teaching drums, piano, guitar, bass and mallet percussion since 1977. He has been on the staff of New Traditions School, the San Francisco Video Drum Clinic, and the Bird School of Music (all in San Francisco, California) and has conducted speaking engagements, lectures and musical demonstrations/seminars in the U.S. and Europe.
is the pianist and vocalist in Unbound. Originally from Chengdu, she studied keyboard, classical piano, and vocal at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music since five. She attended Knox College in Illinois, US and studied jazz piano and jazz drum with percussionist and pianist Kevin Hart. She also played with David Hoffman’s jazz combo at jazz night in Galesburg, Illinois.
She has performed multiple times at Knox College International Festival, Jazz night at Knox College, and Noise Record in San Francisco with her music groups.
Currently, Lin is a researcher in industrial ecology, hoping to bring her exploration in human-nature relationships to her music.
As an excellent pipa player, Shuxin Meng graduated from Central Conservatory of Music Middle School (Beijing) with first prize scholarships and currently she is studying for a Bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, prospective majoring in Music Science and Technology (MST). She has studied pipa performance with Professor Qiong Wu, Fandi Wang, Yifan Hao, Hongyan Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Wenjun Qu, and Yin Chen.
Shuxin has won more than ten prestigious awards, including Wenhua Award, the highest music prize awarded by the Chinese government, China Central Television (CCTV) Traditional Instruments Competition, and Fu Chengxian Scholarship, the highest musical scholarship in China. As a dynamic performer, Shuxin has Performed over 100 concerts including at China National Center for Performing Arts, Centro Cultural de Macau, Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, and Stanford Bing Concert Hall, appeared at Macao Arts Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Silicon Valley New Year Concert and appeared as a soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Currently, Shuxin is the vice-president of Stanford Chinese Music Ensemble. She also involves in music technology field and other genres including modern music and jazz.