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China Express Festival - 2009/12/2-4


Dates:
Wed Dec 02, 2009 00:00 - Sat Nov 14, 2009

Location:
Belgium

“The feeling of the scene in Beijing is exciting and reminds us of New York in 1979, there’s a tangible sense of discovery.” - Brian Eno & Elliott Sharp

For three days, China Express will immerse you in China’s musical undercurrent. Because the underground music scene that lies behind The Great Wall has more similarities to Western music than we think. China Express offers you a look at counterculture in the Beijing metropolis, a flourishing breeding ground for unique, groundbreaking and continuously evolving artists.

Vooruit will join East and West with three theme evenings featuring short but powerful concerts. But we have to admit organizing the festival it hasn’t been easy, as many of the featured musicians are simply boycotted by the Chinese authorities. Their songs are not played on Chinese radio, and opportunities to see them live in Europe are very limited. Vooruit has also set up a few collaborations with local music talent for a meeting of cultures.

China Express has not only gathered accomplished players of the guqin and ghuzeng (i.e. traditional Chinese zithers), but also guitar virtuosos, voice artists and musicians hailing from genres such as noise, avant-garde and electronica, inspired by Aphex Twin or Alec Empire. Some of them have their own label, others have worked with Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth orJohn Zorn. They’re all different in their own way, thrilling and unheard.

WED 2 DEC - VOICES

20:00 Eastern Voices with Gong Linna, Li Huafu & Li Huaxiu, Wang Zhifang & He Jinhua
21:00 Wu Fei solo
22:00 karaoke

THU 03 DEC - ENCOUNTERS

20:00 Xiao He
20:40 Wu Fei, Heleen Van Haegenborgh, Ann Eysermans & Jean Yves Evrard
22:00 Li Tie Qiao & Lander Ghyselinck
22:40 Shenggy & Jürgen De Blonde (a.k.a. Köhn)

FRI 04 DEC - ELECTRONICS

20:00 Wu Na & Esther Venrooy
20:50 Yan Jun
21:30 FM3
22:30 iLoop
23:30 B6
0:30 Sulumi

Practical info + detailed artist information (with videos!): http://vooruit.be/en/serie/51