Monthly Archives: November 2006

Cold Fairyland in Europe!!!

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, the Netherlands

As a follow-up of the hugely successful Amsterdam China Festival which took place in October last year, the newly built, prestigeous concert hall Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ has taken the initiative to host a regular series of Chinese concerts on a yearly basis. For the artistic contents of these concerts the Muziekgebouw closely cooperates with the European Foundation for Chinese Music Research, CHIME. As a consequence, some of China’s greatest musicians will feature in this wonderful hall in the upcoming months.

A brief overview of the four concerts scheduled for this season:

Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 20:30: Gong Linna and Ensemble.
One of China’s most unconventional, classically trained vocalists. She sounds raw, refined, Eastern, Western, folky, aristocratic. With her encapturing voice she knows how to blend traditional and new, East and West, folk and art-music into a convincing whole. In this concert, she will be accompanied by five enticing Chinese instrumentalists. Her performance will include many new compositions by Robert Zollitsch.
(For more information on Gong Linna, see

Wednesday 31 January 2007, 20:30: Chinese Bards
The sophisticated, humorous dialogues of Suzhou Tanci masters Sheng Xiaoyun and Jin Lisheng, the unrepeatable tongue-twisters of kuaban ‘rapper’ Wang Yan, combined with the warm-blooded folk-pop sounds of the Shanghainese band Cold Fairyland.
(For more info on Cold Fairyland, see and

Wednesday 28 March 2007, 20:30: Speaking in Tongues
One of the most distinguished pipa players of this day, Gao Hong (USA) cooperates in this concert with multi-instrumentalist and composer Sowah Mensah (Ghana), percussionist Marc Anderson, and basguitarist Enrique Tuossaint. Coming from totally different musical environments, they create an intrigueing combination of tradition, folk, and jazz.
(For more info, see

Monday 23 April 2007, 20:30: Three Masters on Chinese Strings
Three traditional masters of respectable age: Yang Xiuming (zheng) Lin Youren (guqin) and Li Guangzu (pipa. Original, meditative, introvert, explosive. Don’t miss this golden chance: these are the veritable Last of the Mohikans.

Price: EUR 20 per concert. EUR 64 for the whole series.
If you contact CHIME, you may be able to get considerable discount on the ticket price.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amserdam
Tel: +31.(0)20 – 788 2000 (mo to sat: 12:00 – 19:00)


The Beijing Jazz Scene in the 1990s

Die Grafik

The Book of Changes: Jazz in Beijing

(The Beijing Jazz Scene in the 1990s)

by David Moser

Jazz Artist, Piano Master, Beijing Resident

is describing the Beijing Jazz Scene up to 1996.

He is a regular performer at the CD Cafe

Read more …

Rock in China Radio Show #8 online


Download the show


* Soundtoy and their song “Future”
* The Honeys and “Ocean’s Dream”
* The Sonnet and “Promise”
* Tongue and “Painter”

Sugar Jar Radio Issue 2: Noise in China

As Lawrence Li of GNO reports there is a new Sugar Jar Radio Show titled “Noise in China”. It gives a very good overview of what is currently happening in the Chinese noise/sound art scene.

You can listen to the show here.

Sugar Jar itself is a record store in Beijing for independent music. Their main store is in Dashanzi/798 Art District.

New stuff from Re-TROS coming soon

Re-TROS aka Rebuilding the Rights of Statues, the Beijing-based post-punk band, are currently re-mixing and re-mastering their debut EP ‘Cut Off!‘ to release it in the US in March 2007. The US release will be “garnished with enough bonus tracks to get everybody moist”, as their new US distributor Tag Team Records puts it.

Here is a little preview from a live concert Re-TROS did in Xiamen:

Alongside the release Re-TROS will be touring the American midwest and east coast in March 2007 together with Lonely China Day and are currently filming a video clip to accompany the release.

More at the ChaileWiki:

2pi Festival – live recordings online

Tsai Hsinyuan live at 2pi Festival 2006


The electronic / noise festival 2pi 2006 has uploaded various live recordings online for free download!


Short info: 2pi 2006 festival, organized by 2pi records, in Hangzhou, China


All links refer to the posts at Global Noise Online, the direct downloads are in our Download area of RiC.


[Live video] Tsai Hsinyuan live


[Live recording] Chiang Liwei live


[Live recording] Ben Houge live


[Live recording] Wang Changcun live

[Live recording] Zafka live


A live photo set of the 2pi festival is online at Flickr.


Thanks to CNE and GNO!

Rock in China Fast Forward 3 online

Rock in China Fast Forward 3

RiC ff


Download the Show


Band: Three Yellow Chicken