By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. Rumour has it that next weekend that piano bloke from the UK and that American fat-ass girl from the block are demanding most of the musical attention in the city, so we are more than happy to tell you that this week is a kickass feast of genre diversity! SOAC will make the fans of classical music rave with the double performance of the San Francisco Symphony orchestra, KYTE from the UK will make the fans of calm ambient electronic rock rave, and Friend or Foe rave about the release of their new remix album! Then there’s the Hurricane rock night at YYT and The Planets from Beijing at Live Bar on Friday night. On Saturday night, Jamie Woon charms with his amazing voice, and Sunday night marks the première of a new Shanghai ballet. And last but not least, more “handsome than an animal” Taiwanese rock group 88 BALAZ are playing at YYT on Sunday night. Check them out! And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
San Francisco Symphony @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
The San Francisco Symphony is considered one of the artistically more adventurous and innovative orchestras out there. They’ll perform on both Wednesday and Thursday with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and Yuja Wang on the piano. Here’s the program for the two nights:
Rachmaninoff, ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’, Opus 43 (Piano: Yujia Wang)
Rachmaninoff, ‘Symphony No. 2 in E minor’, Opus 27
Harrison, ‘The Family of the Court’ from Pacifika Rondo
Cowell, ‘Music 1957’
Mahler, ‘Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor’
80-1680RMB // 7:30pm // Shanghai Oriental Art Center // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
KYTE @ Yuyintang
KYTE from the UK play alternative rock with a heavy ambient/electro pop influence. It’s not their first time playing in Asia, and after previous success that resulted in their music being featured in The Sopranos, they’re back with a new record, Love to Be Lost. And it sounds something like this.
150RMB pre-sale, 200RMB door // 9:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Friend or Foe: Remix Album Release Party @ 390
Last year, Friend or Foe débuted their first LP My Claw is Never Limp!, and now they strike back with a new baby, the remix album What Have You Done With My Claw??!!. Among the guys who put hands on said claw are Kaobang, The Horses (Acid Pony Club), iAmalam, Marzman and others. So this Friday it’s your chance to find out what happened to the original rock sound, id it get a pumping electronic overhaul? Some of the producers will be rocking 390 live, and every guest will get a complimentary copy of the CD to take back home. Yay! You can also check out the original album on their website, download it and support their work if you like what you hear.
50RMB // 9pm // No. 390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (番禺路390号, 法华镇路)
Hurricane Rock @ Yuyintang
Hurricane rock is a potpourri of 4 bands invading YYT this very night. On stage they have Stegosaurus! (punk-pop infused alternative), Round Eye (frisky rock’n roll), Hu Jia Hu Wei (trash/noise), and 45 Kuai To Go (rock’n roll covers). What a delightful sounding composition, and it’s for a good cause, too.
30RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Woozy Sessions presents: The Planets @ Live Bar
They’re post-punk, they’re from Beijing, and this weekend they come to show Shanghai they’ve got what it takes as part of the Woozy Sessions series with emerging bands. Saturday afternoon the guys play another gig at 390 – 2pm is your wakeup call!
40RMB (35RMB for students) // 9pm // Live Bar // 800 Guoshun Dong Lu, near Shuangyang Lu (国顺东路800号 近双阳路)
Jamie Woon @ Yuyintang
Mr. Woon’s music isn’t that easy to fathom. Is it electronica, dubstep, soul, pop? A little bit of everything, carried by his powerful, cold as ice voice? Whatever it is, the man from the UK has got some groove. Check out some of his songs here to judge for yourself!
80RMB (50RMB for students) // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Shanghai Ballet: Jane Eyre @ Shanghai Grand Theatre
Jane Eyre, an original creation of the Shanghai Ballet, will be presented at Shanghai Grand Theatre, closing Shanghai International Arts Festival. Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel, this ballet was created for Shanghai dancers by the famous choreographer Patrick de Bana. Jérôme Kaplan made the costumes and scenery and Nick Yu wrote the story.
Get tickets here: Tel: 62-172-426 or 62-173-055. Or pay Shanghai Cultural Information & Booking Center a visit at 272 Fengxian Road. Daily from Nov 18-20.
120-580RMB // 7:15pm (Nov 18-20) // Shanghai Grand Theatre // No. 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu (人民大道300号, 近黄陂北路)
88 BALAZ @ Yuyintang
88 BALAZ describe themselves as more “Handsome Than An Animal”. Blowing their own trumpets? You decide: Punk / blues / folk / rock / flying kick / harmonica / LIVE / life / husky / comic / The A-Team / Super Mario Brothers / comics / diffuse only / destroy / construction / erogenous zone / whiskey / beer / human / earth / baseball / high calorie party – well, simply handsome than an animal, got it? Their irresistibly raunchy rock’n roll sound (listen here) and then that self-description… and just when you thought that’s about it, they’ll kick your face with that merry-go-round ride (貝爾吉羅斯) and even ska influences (一起來跳舞 ) – I can’t help but like these guys.
40RMB pre-sale, 50RMB door // 8:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Jazz Night @ Yuyintang
Li Rongming’s quartet play jazz every upcoming Tuesday night in November, and it’s all free! So get up again after dinner and enjoy the music with a drink!
Free // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
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