Biographical Information

Ken Lee, the creative force behind Eleven Shadows, was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but moved to the U.S. early on. Ken is of Chinese ancestry, although it appears that he may have a little Mongolian blood as well!  Ken has 10 years of classical training on piano. He also started recording experimental sounds on cassette, as well as creating recordings of radio stations that didn't actually exist (these often had commercials for non-existent products and concerts that weren't actually happening, strange playlists mixing rock, Bollywood and experimental songs, and slightly too many tests of the Emergency Broadcast System...) and then playing this for unsuspecting listeners.  He creates music in collaboration with a number of talented people from the Los Angeles area.  Please experience some of Ken's music here!

Ken has played keyboards, guitar and Javanese gender in Hollywood-area bands such as Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada, Twist of Fate, Pendu Femelle, and I Am Love (which included the engineer/producer of Henry Rollins and Filter as well as the singer from Danse Society), Nectarphonic and The Mercury Seven.

He also runs a recording studio, Blueberry Buddha Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA.  Ken is also an occasional review contributor for EQ Magazine, a recording engineering trade publication, and has been interviewed for his drum recording techniques in DRUM! Magazine).

Ken is also a professional photographer.  His pictures of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Kashmir, Peru, Burma, India, China, Thailand, and elsewhere have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, web sites, and galleries internationally.  His photos have also been featured as the Smithsonian Editor's Pick Of The Week, National Geographic, and Travel and Leisure.  His photos are for sale at his photo store on Imagekind.

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* Ken's Photo Is Editor's Pick Of The Week on Smithsonian

Ken Top Five Photography Tips were featured on the Induro blog.

*  Ken's photos are featured on a gallery on the National Geographic site.

* Ken was one of three featured composers in the American Composers Forum's 14th Composer's Salon along with Morton Subotnick and Tom Heasley.

* Eleven Shadows Irian Jaya was nominated in the first round of voting by NARAS for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

*  His music has been featured on BBC, Radio Moscow, NPR, Costa Rica Independent Radio Network, KCRW, KXLU, XM Radio, and many other radio stations.

* Ken's music and guitar playing have been featured in the television series Felicity, several MTV programs, and the films 21 and Echoes of Enlightenment.

Eleven Shadows Sangsara has received numerous accolades in the press, including the honor of Music of the Year in the U.K's prestigious Future Music Magazine, and strong reviews in Spin, Alternative Press, and other publications.

*  Created original soundtrack music with Lisa Kelly for The Whale Sharks of Bahia, a DVD by filmmaker Nigel Lizaranzu for the Museo de Naturaleza Y Cultura in Bahia de Los Angeles in Mexico.

Community Involvement

Ken is Chief Engineer for The Tibet Connection radio show, an English-language monthly radio show about Tibet.  He served on the Board of Directors of Captive Daughters, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking, for several years.  He also serves on the Kelton Avenue Ad Hoc Committee, a group of residents trying to preserve the last strip of the historic Westwood Hills duplexes designed by some of Los Angeles' finest architects in the 1920s and '30s.

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