Weekly Update: Early May Quickie

By , 2016年 5月 5日

Quick one today:

On Friday, Jiali Gallery hosts visiting Swiss artist Simon Berz, whom you might remember from that silent film soundtracking performance series held across Yugong Yishan and Zajia Lab in 2012. He’s back again under the auspices of Swiss cultural institution Pro Helvetia, and tomorrow night (FRI May 6) he’ll give a solo performance called SEDIMENT: “he will explore this time a show based on thousands-years-old stones found in the French Alps, played with the use of electronic effects: a captivating moment about time and communion.”

7:30pm, 30rmb. More info here. If you’re not familiar with Jiali Gallery, you can check out a profile of the space that I wrote last year here.


On Saturday, May 7, Yan Jun celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Miji concert series by inviting all of his most regular collaborators for a full day of inscrutable minimalistic performances, DJ games, swap meets, etc. He says:

It’s 5 years since Miji Concert and Miji Festival initiated.
Let’s party:
Bring your cuisine or snacks (Meridian has cafe so pls buy drinks there) for share.
Bring your 2nd hand books, CDs and instruments for sale or trade.
Bring some music and join the DJ battle.
The musicians list above will be there.
And more will be there:
Everybody is here, except the absentees.

Runs from 3-8pm at Meridian Space.


Also on Saturday, Hong Qile extends his Bwave Pixel Echo series to its 12th edition at Aotu Studio. Live A/V performances from Hong, Gan Jian, Mao Wengweng, Yuan Ren, and Yue Xuan.

9pm start, 50rmb. Full info here.

N.B. This is the only event in this week’s update that includes “music” as opposed to only “sound”.


Last up: on Sunday, Beijing-based Dutch composer and experimental musician Martijn Tellinga will organize two parallel sound pieces in the courtyard of art residency space Institute for Provocation and in the adjacent Black Sesame gallery. One is a six-hour performance featuring starring roles by Yan Jun, Jun Y Ciao, Zhu Wenbo, Yan Yulong, Jie Sheng, Ake, Xiu Di, and Sandy Ding.

Tellinga says:

Over the course of 6 hours, 10 musicians freely visit the IFP courtyard. They do so unannounced & uncoordinated. Following their arrival each musician plays a one hour part. With the permutation of the ensemble left to chance, the piece displays an aleatoric process of integrating of its parts. More than being a work of long duration, ‘during, lasting..’ is comprised of reconfigured time. Accordingly, it can take the shape of a silenced space -an environment of no or few sounds or activity-, of a compositional space enveloped by progressing tones and including a multitude of instruments, or of one of the many transitionary stages in between.

The other piece, songlines, involves five pairs of speakers uttering contrasting tonal shapes, causing variable acoustic resonance in the room.

Read more about both works here.

Runs from 12-6pm.


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