Content by tag "China"

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Dai Liang, aka A Bu: Beijing Prodigy

Read "Dai Liang, aka A Bu: Beijing Prodigy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1950, in the wake of World War II and the early years of the Cold War, the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong founded the Central Conservatory of Music as a consolidation of several musical institutions. Located in Beijing, the school resides on the former site of the seventeenth century residence of one Prince Yixuan. ...

The Cotton Club, Shanghai

Read "The Cotton Club, Shanghai" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the night of April 15th 2016 the Cotton Club in Shanghai was teaming with young, fashionably dressed locals and intrigued tourists. Despite the overpriced drinks and extra charge for sitting down at a table (even standing at one) music lovers packed the small space. Located in the historic and hip French Concession neighborhood, The Cotton ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Attracts Top Names

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Attracts Top Names

The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival is back with a host of great jazz from the 29th September to the 2nd October. Now in its sixth edition, this most iconic of Asian cities provides a spectacular backdrop to a truly exciting series of concerts featuring top international names including the Asaf Sirkis Trio, the Lars Danielsson ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Major Chinese Music Sites Shift from Free

Major Chinese Music Sites Shift from Free

Several of China's major online music websites have shifted from free, to a fee-based model for music downloads. According to Chinese news service Sina, major labels including Universal, Sony, and Warner Music pressured Chinese music sites, including Baidu Music, Cool Music, and Xiami.com to shift to a pay model with a deadline of June 5th. Kugou.comm a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Li Gao Yang: Locks, Stock and Smoking Barrel

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With dreadlocks tumbling over his shoulders, Li Gao Yang already cuts a striking figure. When he's on stage blowing his tenor saxophone and leading his quartet with quiet assurance, the impact is all the greater. Chinese jazz stars are few and far between, at home or abroad, but already this unassuming musician from Beijing has appeared ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012

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OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival
Shenzhen, China
October 8-23, 2012
The OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival, in Shenzhen, Gaungdong Province, is one of the youngest jazz festivals in China, yet in just two editions it has already established itself as one of the best. Financially, it can't compete with the Shanghai Jazz Festival, which for its 2012 edition attracted renowned ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Beishan International Jazz Festival, China, 19-20 October 2012

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Beishan International Jazz Festival
Beishan Theater
Nanping Town, Zhuhai, China
10-20 October, 2012

Jazz festivals occupy some fairly far-flung, diverse, and oftentimes dramatic settings; from the Polar North to the volcanic mountains of East Java, from medieval European towns to the great urban metropolises of North America, from tropical Thai islands to luxury cruise ships, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 4-6, September 28-30, 2011

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-8
Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
Hong Kong
September 25-October 2, 2011

The 2011 Hong Kong International Jazz Festival offered up over forty groups from 24 countries--a big jump from the eight bands that made up the first edition of HKIJF in 2008. Apart from the ...