Jett Kwong has mastered the guzheng, a stringed, zither-like Chinese instrument, but her music is anything but quaint and traditional. Such intriguing songs as “Morpheus,” from the Los Angeles singer’s 2016 EP, Stark Night, are steeped in shadows and unfold like pretty but poisonous flowers. “Away” is a sensual pop ballad that is brightened by electronic instrumentation and Kwong’s contemplative, dream-laden vocal delivery. Other tracks range from the gently lulling sensuality of “Changes” and “Tokyo Bath” to the aptly titled “Beauty Song,” in which her artful plucking on guzheng is couched in a tranquil and engrossing string arrangement. “Cream” is even sweeter as ethereal harmonies swirl around Kwong’s languidly enchanting vocals. She celebrates the release of a new EP on a bill with Beck Pete.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Thurs., March 19, 8:30 p.m.; $10; ages 21 & over. (213) 389-3856, www.bootlegtheater.org/e/jett-kwong-ep-release-show-93461348409.
Note: It was announced on Friday, March 13, that this show, like so many other local events, has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.
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