This new festival hits Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Shenyang with evening concerts and currently the most interesting German jazz and improvisation scene, with its Chinese counterpart.
The pioneers and legends of the German free jazz, improvisation and experimental music will meet the pioneers of experimental, electronic and improvisational music of China and together will explore the limits or even the infinity of western music appreciation and Far Eastern musical traditions and perceptions.
Some of the most important members, founders and legends of the European improv jazz and experimental music such as Alexander von Schlippenbach, Paul Loven, Aki Takase (who has found her home in Berlin), Alfred Harth and Baby Sommer have a “rendezvous” with Chinese guest musicians such as Li Chin Sung (Dickson Dee), Yan Jun, Li Tieqiao and Wang Yong. Alfred Harth will perform with his Shanghai quintet, which is composed of himself and four young Shanghai musicians. In Shenzhen, drummer Baby Sommer will guide a workshop with Chinese musicians, which will represent their musical developments on the stage to the test.
Besides those already mentioned, there are some of the most prominent musicians to give concerts in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen: bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, well-known for his stage wit, trumpeter Axel Dorner, known and respected both in the electronic and improvised music scene, saxophonist Silke Eberhard, who is a sovereign bandleader and improviser with her trio of bassist Jan Roder and drummer Kay Lübcke.
Furthermore, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, who will complete Aki Takase and Axel Doerner with Daxophone and guitar and lead the trio to new electronic-improvised adventures.
The events will take place on 5 and 6 October 2012 in Beijing at Yugong Yishan, on 4 October with a long night of four concerts at the Shanghai JZ Club and on October 5-7 in Shenzhen at the OCAT Arts Centre. A last duo concert of Silke Eberhard and Jan Roder will take place in Shenyang on October 12.