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Wan Xiaoli 1.11

January 3, 2013 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Wan Xiaoli performs at King’s Head Pub (国王头像) in Qingdao on January 11, 2013. Wan has been playing modern Chinese folk music (minyao/民谣) since the 1990′s and is a veteran of the Chinese music festival circuit.

Time: January 11, 2013, 8 pm
Venue: King’s Head Pub / 国王头像酒吧
Address: 11 Xinyi Lu / 新沂路11号
Tickets: 80 yuan (RMB) advance, 100 at door
Tel: 8583.9898

Listen to Wan’s music on Douban. Watch a video of Wan Xiaoli performing at the 2009 Strawberry Music Festival. If you plan to attend, buy tickets early as the King’s Head will be packed to capacity and then some. Last time he played in QD, we had to sit on the stairs, and John was told to pipe down. Check out some video from that show below and here.

The King’s Head Pub is on Xinyi Lu south of Ningxia Lu, west of Zhonglian Plaza. For more information, call 8583.9898 between 7 pm and 2 am. More info on Wan Xiaoli on the Rock in China wiki.

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Alfonso Moreno 1.02

December 9, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Leader/founder of the Orquesta de Guitarras de Xalapa, guitarist Alfonso Moreno performs at the Qingdao Concert Hall in Qingdao on January 2, 2013.

When: January 2, 2013, 7 pm
Venue: Qingdao Concert Hall / 青岛音乐厅
Location 1 Lanshan Lu / 蓝山路1号
Tickets: 100 yuan (RMB)
Info: 186.6977.8077

The vintage venue also known as the Qingdao Music Hall is at 1 Lanshan Lu (corner of Zhejiang Lu just down the road from the Catholic Church and across from the Zhan Qiao pier). Call 8287.7050 for theater info and directions (Mandarin). See map below.

More info on Alfonso Moreno:

Alfonso Moreno is one of the greatest interpreters known to the world of classical guitar. Moreno takes a symphonic approach to the guitar, using a broad pallete of colors, timbres and dynamics, which often give the listener the sense of listening to an entire orchestra.

Moreno is well known for his prodigious technique and intense musical interpretations. He has give over 3000 concerts throughout Europe, America and Asia, transforming audiences with the sweetness, depth and sincerity of his interpretation.

Born in Mexico into a family with a strong tradition of art and culture, he began his musical studies at the age of four. He has acquired music degrees in violin, composition, conducting, and guitar.

Since 1968, when he won first place in the Paris International Guitar Competition, organized by Radio and Television of France, his career has taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the Tchaikovski Hall in Moscow, the Bolsoi Hall of the Philharmonic of St. Petersburg, the Philharmonic of Kiev, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, the Concert Hall of Nagoya, the Yamaha Hall of Tokyo, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall of London, and Great Theatre of Istanbul.

In addition to his solo concerts, Alfonso Moreno has been an active proponent of the classical guitar in other capacities. He has given Master Classes and recitals, played in chamber music ensambles, and as a soloist with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras. These include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of China , the Atlanta Virtuosi, the Soloists of Münich, the Virtuosos of Sophia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1995, he became the founder and director of the Guitar Orchestra of Xalapa, which has performed over 250 concerts throughout Mexico, Europe, and Asia.

His repertoire ranges from ancient music to music by contemporary composers. Many composers have written works specifically for him. These include: Peter L. Panin, Francisco González, Armando Lavalle, Raúl Ladrón de Guevara, Jean Louis Petit, and Xavier Camino.

Moreno has transcribed more than 50 works for the guitar. One of the most important transcriptions is the Concerto No. 1 in D Major by Niccolo Paganini, originally for violin, now part of the guitar virtuoso repertoire. Moreno took this work to concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and America on over 50 occasions.

In 1999 Moreno co founded the Latin American Guitar Quartet along with guitarists Eugenia Rodriguez (Chile), Marcela Sfriso and Walter Ujaldon (Argentina), which made its debut at the International Guitar Festival in Turkey, as soloists with the Istambul Philharmonic, under Ionescu Galati. For the 2000-20001 season, the quartet has been invited to perform in over 15 festivals, which are paying homage to Joaquin Rodrigo, throughout Mexico, the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.

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Qingdao Concert Hall on Google Maps

Demerit QD/HD 12.31/1.02

December 4, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Hometown punkers Demerit perform 2 shows in 3 days in Qingdao and Huangdao. The first is at Downtown Bar in Qingdao for a special New Year’s Eve show on December 31, 2012. Then, check them out at Sailing Bar in Huangdao on January 2, 2013. Listen to the Vans Warped Tour alumni on Myspace and on Douban.

When: December 31, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 50 yuan (RMB) at door, 40 pre-sale

Downtown Bar is in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district.

When: January 2, 2013
Venue: Sailing Bar, Huangdao/Kaifaqu Development Zone

The Sailing Bar is located in Huangdao Kaifaqu Development Zone, next to the Ibis Hotel on Changjiang Lu. You can take any tunnel bus route that stops at the “Qu Zhengfu”. Look for the club shaped like a boat in the middle of the park on the square behind the Ibis.

Demerit Live in Qingdao New Year's Eve Concert at Downtown Bar

Qingdao Venue Location

Huangdao Venue Location

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Post Hedgehog: Photos

November 26, 2012 in Music, Photos by janewong

Photos from the Hedgehog show at Downtown Bar on November 23, 2012.

Hedgehog Live Qingdao Music Downtown Bar

Hedgehog Live Qingdao Music

Hedgehog Live Qingdao Music Atom

Hedgehog Live Qingdao Music Downtown Bar

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Qingdao Photos
Hedgehog Official Website

Second Hand Rose 11.25

November 20, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Er Shou Mei Gui (Second Hand Rose/二手玫瑰) performs live in Qingdao at Downtown Bar on November 25, 2012.

When: November 23, 2012, 9 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 80 yuan (RMB) at door, 60 pre-sale

Downtown Bar is in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district.

The Rock in China Wiki says:
Second Hand Rose (二手玫瑰) is a Chinese rock band from Beijing, China. The band is known for it’s bold combination of traditional Chinese instruments with solid rock’& roll fundamentals. The influence of traditional Chinese folk music can be clearly felt in the singing of lead singer Liang Long and the usage of traditional Chinese instruments in both their recordings and live performances. Their debut album, the self-titled Second Hand Rose Band, was released in 2004 to critical acclaim in China’s bigger cities. The album also received rave reviews on specialist music websites in the U.S.

Listen to Er Shou Mei Gui on Douban.

Second Hand Rose Poster Live Qingdao Music

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Second Hand Rose on Rock in China Wiki
Creative 100

Hedgehog 11.23

November 20, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Hedgehog performs live in Qingdao at Downtown Bar on November 23, 2012. Hedgehog is one of the most important Chinese underground rock bands of the past decade – if you are into music, definitely check this show out. Read more info on the band below. Listen to Hedgehog on their website and on Douban.

When: November 23, 2012, 9 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 60 yuan (RMB) at door, 50 pre-sale

Downtown Bar is in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district.

From d-22 via Rock in China Wiki:

Hedgehog, like many of the best bands in Beijing, was founded in the miracle years of 2004-2005, in January 2005, specifically. For some inexplicable reason they didn’t seem to make much of an impact early on, but we first met them when they played a series of concerts at D22 in late 2006, during which time they very quickly became one of the favorite bands.

In late April 2007 they performed a concert that smashed the sound barriers and created such an uproar that within a month they had catapulted into position as one of the most talked about underground bands in China. Hugely popular with both musical hipsters, for the brilliance of their compositions and performances, and with rock and roll party animals, for their wild, out of control pop frenzy, Hedgehog’s music is totally approachable and totally unique.

Percussionist and vocalist Atom(阿童木) is a tiny girl who just barely peeps over the top of her drum kit but who bangs out explosive rhythms like a monster possessed. Bassist Box(博宣), the person responsible for keeping the band in line, punches out the tight bass lines that hold the songs together while seeming lost in oblivion. Guitarist and vocalist ZO(子健) slashes out huge waves of chords that seemed to fit perfectly within the songs yet at the same time tear them apart — while jumping, twirling, staggering and even falling over several times during his performances without letting up for the slightest pause.

Hedgehog is a classic power trio with three of the best performers in Beijing on their respective instruments, but it is their song-writing skills that make this band more than just a great performance band and one of the most important in China.

Hedgehog Live Chinese Rock Qingdao

Hedgehog Live Rock Qingdao

Hedgehog Winter 2012 Tour Poster Qingdao

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Hedgehog Official Website
Creative 100

Nyna Valès 11.02

November 2, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Nyna Valès performs at Ocean University (Laoshan campus) in Qingdao on November 2, 2012. The free event is part of an ongoing cultural series hosted in Qingdao by the Alliance française du Shandong.

When: November 2, 2012, 7.30 pm
Venue: Ocean University (Laoshan) / 海洋大学崂山区
Location: 238 Songling Lu / 松岭路238号
Tickets: Free

Please note that the show will take place at the Laoshan campus of Ocean University on Songling Lu. Call 8590.6232 for more info. Check out a map to the venue below.

Listen to the music of Nyna Valès on Myspace.

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Alliance française du Shandong

by Steven

Third Cortez 10.12

October 12, 2012 in Events, Music by Steven

Third Cortez performs live in Qingdao at Downtown Bar on October 12, 2012. Listen to Third Cortez on their website and on Myspace.

When: October 12, 2012, 9 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 80 yuan (RMB), 60 pre-sale

If you miss them in Qingdao (or want to see their performance 2 nights in a row), head out to their gig in neighboring Gaomi (40 minutes west by high speed train) on the 13th at Bar No. 2.

Downtown Bar is in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district.

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Third Cortez Official Website
Creative 100

by Steven

Michael Blake Trio 10.19

October 11, 2012 in Events, Music by Steven

UPDATE: This show was beset with venue difficulties, changed twice, finally ended up at Club NY, thanks Neil for making it happen in the end. Thanks Michael and band for coming and jamming out at Xiao Long’s place (thanks Xiao Long!)

The Michael Blake Trio performs at Cape 3 in Qingdao on October 19, 2012. The Canadian born saxophone player and composer lives in Brooklyn (NYC) and is on a tour of China during Autumn 2012. Rounding out the trio for this special one night only show in Qingdao is Samuel Blaser on trombone (record review) and Michael Sarin on drums (featured in April 2012 issue of Modern Drummer).

Time: October 19, 2012, 8 pm
Venue: Cape 3 / 海角3号酒吧
Address: 59 Donghai Dong Lu, Bar Street Polar Ocean World / 东海路59号酒吧一条街(极地海洋世界内)
Info: 187.0542.0575 / 138.5327.6763

Blake was last in Qingdao in 2010 with Peter Scherr, Teddy Kumpel, and Tommas Cappelleto as the leader of the Tectonic Quartet.

Tickets are on sale now – call 187.0542.0575 or 138.5327.6763 for more info. Ticket inquiries can also be made via email here and here.

Cape 3 is located along the coast on the Bar Street in Polar Ocean World on Donghai Lu in eastern Qingdao near Shi Lao Ren and the Qingdao Sculpture Park. See Google map below for directions to the venue.

Michael Blake Music Qingdao Live Jazz Sax Poster

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Wu Na In Qingdao 10.13

October 8, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Guqin (古琴) player Wu Na has been added to the bill for the Sonic Calligraphy show to be held at Cape 3 in Qingdao on October 13, 2012. For more information on this show, check out our earlier event post here.

If you are interested to learn how how to play an instrument with 3000 years history, you could always pluck up 489 USD and buy a guqin on Amazon.

Check out a video of Wu Na playing guqin in Cui Jian’s band (2005).

Wu Na Guqin Qingdao Sonic Calligraphy

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Wu Na Puts A New Spin On The Traditional Guqin

Qingdao Seen: Willy On The Wooden Box

October 8, 2012 in Music by Yellow Rock China

Willy Kotoun plays percussion in the band Sonic Calligraphy, appearing next week October 13, 2012 in Qingdao at Cape 3 on the coast off Donghai Lu (Polar Ocean World Bar Street). Call Neil or Niki (187.0542.0575 or 138.5327.6763) or email for tickets to this very special event in Qingdao.

It’s one night only, October 13, so please try to make it out and show support for cultural events in Qingdao. That is to say, if this show is well attended, it encourages the promoters to bring more bands to town – and the reverse (corollary?) is true too.

And if you can’t make this show, come out for the Michael Blake Trio on the 19th, same place, excellent music all around, if you like creative stuff, you won’t be disappointed (except when the show ends).

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Sonic Calligraphy in Qingdao October 13, 2012

Sonic Calligraphy 10.13

October 6, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Sonic Calligraphy performs at Cape 3 in Qingdao on October 13, 2012. The trio plays creative music in a style described as “grooves and improvisation where modern jazz concepts meet Asian sensibilities.”

They will be joined on stage by Ms. Wu Na, an award-winning guqin musician who began her training at the China Conservatory in 1991 at the age of twelve. The guqin is a seven-stringed zither with a 3,000 year history in China. For more on Wu Na and the guqin, check out her bio here.

Time: October 13, 2012, 8 pm
Venue: Cape 3 / 海角3号酒吧
Address: 59 Donghai Dong Lu, Bar Street Polar Ocean World / 东海路59号酒吧一条街(极地海洋世界内)
Info: 187.0542.0575 / 138.5327.6763

Listen to Sonic Calligraphy music on their official website.

More info on Sonic Calligraphy

Chinese American jazz singer Peggy Chew and Swiss musicians Adrian Frey, piano and WIlly Kotoun, percussion, create a kaleidoscope of new musical sounds with grooves and improvisation where modern jazz concepts meet Asian sensibilities. Together they present a hypnotic and unique cross-cultural blend of music with folk melodies from China, poetry from the Tang dynasty, jazz standards, and songs from the pianist sung with the singer’s lyrics.

Tickets are on sale now – call 187.0542.0575 or 138.5327.6763 for more info. Ticket inquiries can also be made via email here and here.

Cape 3 is located along the coast on the Bar Street in Polar Ocean World on Donghai Lu in eastern Qingdao near Shi Lao Ren and the Qingdao Sculpture Park. See Google map below for directions to the venue.

Sonic Calligraphy and Wu Na Qingdao Music Guqin

Fondation_SUISA Sonic Calligraphy China

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