Zhu @ Red Rocks

Zhu played at Red Rocks on November 1, 2023 + supporting him was Claptone.


In a now long forgotten world, many generations ago, a bird like shape emerged from wooded darkness, floating and fluttering, drifting and dreaming. Backlit by a bright glow of iridescent light, the undecipherable form wore a dazzling golden mask. Its long beak swooped down like an inverted horn and since then, people have referred to the mythical being simply as Claptone.

Years spending wandering medieval landscapes have informed Claptone’s view of the world, experiencing both magical mystery and muted melancholy he enchanted onlookers with occult instruments and beguiling sounds. Forever surrounded by a sense of intrigue, the world soon cottoned on to the elusive yet enchanting musical powers of this otherworldly beast. The results are that, today, his shamanistic sonic powers take him all around the world…

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Photos by Andrew Ortega. All content Copyright © 2023 Aperture Ortega.


Steven Zhu, known mononymously as Zhu, is an American electronic music producer and singer who has been active since the beginning of 2014, signed to Mind of a Genius Records. Until mid-2014, he remained anonymous, asking to be judged by his music alone. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and played in jazz bands and orchestral practices at school, and later studied music during college. In a November 2014 interview, Zhu’s manager Jake Udell described the current music climate as “very black and white” and acknowledged that Zhu’s race played a role in the decision to release and market his music anonymously, saying: “Some of us don’t even know the limitations of our own prejudice. Rather than put those limitations to the test, we’ve created an engaging way for fans to focus on the music rather than who’s behind it.”

Photos by Andrew Ortega. All content Copyright © 2023 Aperture Ortega.

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