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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

Relevant Links:
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

Relevant Links:
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.

Relevant Links:
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.

Relevant Links:
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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Ticket Info Email

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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Ticket Info Email

Live Fast Die Young 10.06

October 5, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Check out Live Fast Die Young (鬼脸少年俱乐部) with Young Red plus Qingdao’s most famous hip hop figure, MC Sha Zhou, and also DJ Miki, proprietor of Downtown Bar, in Qingdao on October 6, 2012. Cover is 20 kuai at the door – call 134.5524.7795 for more info.

When: October 6, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号

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. See map below.

Live Fast Die Young Qingdao Hip Hop Young Red

Live Fast Die Young Hip Hop Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Creative 100 Online

by Steven

Wan Fang 9.29

September 28, 2012 in Events, Music by Steven

Wan Fang (万芳) performs at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on September 29, 2012. She is a “Mandopop singer renowned for her sonorous, gentle soft voice” and best known for singing the theme from the Hong Kong film C’est la vie, mon chéri (Xin Bu Liao Qing/新不了情).

Check out video of Wan Fang on her website and below. The Qingdao Grand Theatre is near the Qingdao Museum in Qingdao’s Laoshan district. For more info, call 8066.5555.

When: September 29, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 180-580 yuan (RMB)
Venue Info: 8066.5555

Relevant Links:
More Info on Qingdao Grand Theatre
Wan Fang Official Website

Howie Lee/Guzz/Sig 10.04

September 28, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Check out DJs Howie Lee (Beijing), Guzz (Beijing), and Sig (Qingdao) at the Downtown Bar in Qingdao on October 4, 2012. Cover is 30 kuai at the door – call 134.5524.7795 for more info. Free flow of Tsingtao Beer for 30 minutes starting from midnight.

Listen to the music of Howie Lee, Guzz, and Sig.

When: October 4, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

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.

More info on Howie Lee and Guzz (Guo Zhaozhao)

Howie Lee is currently leading the charge for Beijing’s homegrown electronic music producers, taking the city’s sound in a new direction with high-energy, swagger-laden dance floor tracks. Initially focused on Electro Punk, he started concentrate his attention on more UK Bass influenced genres, including but not limited to Dubstep, Garage and even Moombahton. The success release of EP “Vassal” and “Centipede” and a series of exquisite remixes for international artists have established his high reputation.

As s DJ, the exceptionally talent has seen the expanding of his music territory. Playing along with a range of superstars such as DJ Spooky, Peter Hook(New Order), Ellen Allien, Jackson & His Computer Friends, Doshy and the Lowbrows ,his footprint can be found in every major music festivals and night clubs.

Guzz is a Chinese producer and DJ. His music is based on House and Electronic. The mechanical rhythem and the sound of TB303 expresses the rebellious emotion from downtown he has experienced.He is prepareing his brandnew EP in 2011. In this unpublished EP,he keeps his strong emotion by which depicts the grey scene of the lonely downtown in the stormy future city.

Relevant Links:
Howie Lee Official Website