XIA-3 is an emerging instrumental fusion band based in Newfoundland that blends traditional
Chinese influences with Western post-rock grooves. The group was formed in 2022 and is
fronted by guzheng virtuoso Dr. Jing Xia with support from well-established St. John’s punk
rockers Ritche Perez on bass and Brian Downton on drums. As a professional artist and scholar,
Xia started to study the guzheng at six years old and has degrees in Music Performance (B.A.),
Arts Management (M.A.), and Ethnomusicology (Ph.D.). She is the winner of the 2022 MusicNL
Award “Rising Star of the Year,” and was just nominated for two 2023 ECMA awards:
Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year, and Global Recording of the Year.