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Beijing,Beijing....

Recently I was fortunate enough to join my good friend and fellow musician K-Nein "Michael John Krieglstein" to Beijing,China for what I would describe as one of the coolest and most important experiences of my life. During our short stay we were blessed to meet countless amounts of amazing people, particularly Jackie Zhang. Within 5 minutes of knowing Jackie, you knew he was one of the most sincere people you were ever going to meet. By day two we were calling him our "manager".

Beijing is such a vibrant city with an energy that is hard to describe, but easy to feel as soon as one plants their feet there. In my all too brief visit, it seems this unique vibe derives from many things, from it's rapid development surrounding and closing in on it's ancient culture to it's warm and inviting youth, ready to devour anything rock 'n' roll; and there is plenty of it.

It's almost reminiscent of the music scene in the United States and certain places throughout Europe in the 1960's where there is a deep divide between generations as Rock 'n' Roll has really only been fully introduced in China within the past 25 years. The older generation may just not "get it" or perhaps maybe is even a little scared of it.This certainly wouldn't be the first time in Rock 'n' Roll's history that occured. The younger generation however, embraces it. On any given night all the "live houses" or venues would be packed full of kids kicking out AC/DC and Guns 'N' Roses tunes from the bottom of their hearts and the top of their lungs. I am proud to say I joined them on many occasions.

I would say that in many ways the "American Dream" is very alive in Beijing. We met dozens of people from all of the world who went with the intention of just "visiting" and now have been there many years. It is beautiful thing to have a beer with any random stranger and hear about where they are in route to chasing their dreams.

As memory fades and words often fail to describe, we were fortunate enough to be able to document much of our journey through a camera lenses. In the coming days Michael Krieglstein and I will be compiling a video of our experience and music performances from the infamous "D22 club" to the "Temple Bar". We will be posting everything as soon as possible. Hopefully it will inspire others to visit this amazing and beautiful place as I know it will not be my last time

Much Love,

- Matthew Kopecky of Oblio And Arrow.

Oblio And Arrow's debut record " Thank God For Photons now available!

Check Out Oblio And Arrow's debut record " Thank God For Photons" now available via Itunes. Check it out here at OblioAndArrow.com

Follow Oblio And Arrow this coming november on facebook as we go to Beijing,China with good friend and fellow Musician Mike Krieglstein "K-Nein" to perform songs off our recently released records "Thank God For Photons" and K-Nein's " Everyday Sounds"

Oblio And Arrow and friend "K-Nein" Travel To China

Novemember 8th through the 23rd follow Matthew Kopecky (Oblio and Arrow) and Mike Krieglstein (K-Nein) to Beijing, China as they get lost in another world and perform songs of their debut albums " Thank God For Photons" by Oblio and Arrow, and K-Nein's "Everyday Sounds" record that came out earlier in 2011.

Stay tuned as it will surely be an experience! Follow us here at OblioAndArrow.com or Oblio And Arrow on Face Book.

-Matthew Kopecky

Album Release! Thank God For Photons

And So it begins..

Oblio And Arrow's debut album "Thank God For Photons"

The record is comprised of sounds ranging from the 'psychedelic', layered with heavy world percussion to 'rock music' with a 'neo-soul' groove or 'pop' that maintains the sincerity and substance of folk, Oblio And Arrow touch on many styles and genres, all while doing what comes best, writing music from the heart that they enjoy.

Oblio And Arrow's "Thank God For Photons" now available via Itunes and Cdbaby or you can listen to selected tracks here 'OblioAndArrow.com or at www.facebook.com/pages/Oblio-and-Arrow

Oblio And Arrow – Thank God For Photons

Oblio And Arrow on new album "Thank God For Photons"

For the past year and a half Matthew Kopecky ( Oblio And Arrow ) has been busy writing,recording and preparing for the release of his first album "Thank God For Photons". These 14 tracks weave in and out of rock,world and experimental sounds very naturally and maintain a strong pop sensibility throughout.

Written,Performed and Recorded By : Matthew Kopecky

Produced By : Matthew Kopecky and Matt Opal

Mixed By : Matt Opal

Mastered By : Matt Schultz

Artwork By : Matthew and Adam Kopecky

Stay tuned for new tracks to be leaked and the official release date for Oblio and Arrow's "Thank God For Photons"

Beijing,Beijing ( December 2011 )

Recently I was fortunate enough to join my good friend and fellow musician K-Nein "Michael John Krieglstein" to Beijing,China for what I would describe as one of the coolest and most important experiences of my life. During our short stay we were blessed to meet countless amounts of amazing people, particularly Jackie Zhang. Within 5 minutes of knowing Jackie, you knew he was one of the most sincere people you were ever going to meet. By day two we were calling him our "manager". Beijing is such a vibrant city with an energy that is hard to describe, but easy to feel as soon as one plants their feet there. In my all too brief visit, it seems this unique vibe derives from many things, from it's rapid development surrounding and closing in on it's ancient culture to it's warm and inviting youth, ready to devour anything rock 'n' roll; and there is plenty of it. It's almost reminiscent of the music scene in the United States and certain places throughout Europe in the 1960's where there is a deep divide between generations as Rock 'n' Roll has really only been fully introduced in China within the past 25 years. The older generation may just not "get it" or perhaps maybe is even a little scared of it.This certainly wouldn't be the first time in Rock 'n' Roll's history that occured. The younger generation however, embraces it. On any given night all the "live houses" or venues would be packed full of kids kicking out AC/DC and Guns 'N' Roses tunes from the bottom of their hearts and the top of their lungs. I am proud to say I joined them on many occasions. I would say that in many ways the "American Dream" is very alive in Beijing. We met dozens of people from all of the world who went with the intention of just "visiting" and now have been there many years. It is beautiful thing to have a beer with any random stranger and hear about where they are in route to chasing their dreams. As memory fades and words often fail to describe, we were fortunate enough to be able to document much of our journey through a camera lenses. In the coming days Michael Krieglstein and I will be compiling a video of our experience and music performances from the infamous "D22 club" to the "Temple Bar". We will be posting everything as soon as possible. Hopefully it will inspire others to visit this amazing and beautiful place as I know it will not be my last time. - Matthew Kopecky of Oblio And Arrow.