The Artists at the Loreli Affordable Art Market

3 of June 2018 at Yue Space.

Made in Collaboration with Loreli, the Affordable Art Market Showcases a large number of local artists from China. Here comes the Summer 2018 Affordable Art Market !

FEI FEI
I’m an illustrator and artist, I make drawings, prints and conceptual artworks. By using drawing as a primary medium, I make work that deals with love, fear, betrayal and human relationships. I create compositions and settings that generate tranquil poetic images that comments on the absurdity on human relationships.
Artist name: Tallin
Tallin is a visual artist and illustrator working and living in Beijing. Her works remind you of that one summer when you were a child– carefree and full of dreams.

Artist name: Guxia.
My work talks about urban city life styles, fashion, music and subcultures. My interest lies in exploring city landscapes and local life styles from different cultures. Using water color and photography, I record things that inspire me while traveling.

 

 Li Yan (Demon)

Yan is a designer and illustrator working in Beijing. She illustrates folklores using traditional Chinese symbols such as dragons and swordsmen. 

Cai Ya Yi:
Anna Gale:
Anna Gale is a freelance illustrator and patch-painting zinester. Her artistic process comes from her background in craft studies, which involved getting her hands dirty. She stays true to that style today by hand-drawing each illustration and arranging them together into a cohesive body of art. Her style is inspired by the bold black lines seen in the old-school traditional style of tattooing, another love interest of hers.

Anna Gale 是一名独立插画师, 补片手绘师,原创独立杂志作者。她的艺术风格来自于研究手工工艺制作的背景——手上总是占满颜料。她秉持着纯粹的手绘艺术,并将它们凝聚到一起编织成完整的艺术作品。她的风格受复古传统纹身黑色粗线条样式的启发,当然,创作纹身图案也是她的另一大爱好。

BURY THE BONE is a series of zines about places you’ve heard of, places you’ve been and places you’ve never known to exist. Issue one explores Beijing’s hutongs, health tips and hidden hot spots. Issue Two revisits Beijing during the hot hot heat that summer time brings, from late night eats to the people you see in the streets.

BURY THE BONE 是一本系列独立杂志。她记录了一些你听说过的地方,你去过的地方或甚至你从未意识存在的地方。系列一探索了北京胡同、当地中药偏方、还有隐藏在胡同里的特色小店。系列二重温了北京那个酷热难耐的夏天、夜市小吃和擦肩而过的街头过客。

 

 

龙虾酱lobster
毕业于北工大壁画系(fine art),伦艺(camberwell college of art, MFA illustration)插画研究生在读
毕业设计漫画《云上之国》(on the cloud)正在进行中
大学期间及毕业后作为freelance illustrator工作

研究兴趣
古希腊神话中的鸟类
“人具有动物性&动物具有人性” 的主题

 

Hole in the Wall is a collective founded by illustrators Jinna and Shui. They create illustrations inspired by Beijing’s underground culture, displaying them as zines, wall murals and prints. Overwhelmed by the vibrant energy of the city, they wanted to document the young, the excited and the lost. Hence the first issue of their zine was born. Since then they have taken part in various creative events and have published two more issues focusing on bars, hutongs and their inhabitants.


《Hole in the Wall》是一本由Jinna 和 Shui这两位插画师联合创办的插画小合集。他们的创作取材于北京地区,并以独立出版物、壁饰、插画作品等形式进行展览。

由于深刻地体会到这个城市强大的生命力,他们想记录下生活在如此背景下的人儿。可以是正值芳华的年轻人,可以是事业得意的北漂族,也可以是失意迷茫的学生党等等。因此,第一本独立小杂志就这样诞生了。


自那以后,他们便参加了很多和创意相关的活动和集会。这期间,他们在第一本的基础上又出版了两本独立小杂志。而这次,他们重点关注的是酒吧、胡同,以及活跃在里面的人们。

Aurélien Foucault is a photographer whose images oscillate between documentary and fine art.
His varied body of work ranges from late-night punk bars to artistic nudes or the peaceful mountains of Xinjiang.
More of his work can be seen at www.foukography.com

Liuba Draws (Liuba Vladimirovafollows her passion and pursues a career of freelance illustrator and artist. Living in Beijing for more than six years now, it has become a new home for Liuba, with amazing experiences and a deep love for the city, which she wants to share with everyone. People both visiting or living in China are excited to discover all the quirky things they love about this country hidden in the art of Liuba Draws. Right now Liuba is developing her own brand, Liuba Draws, with a number of products such as prints, cards, keychains, magnets and calendars that she sells at various markets and stores. Liuba is also available for personal and business commissions. Please visit her website for more information. www.liubadraws.com 

 

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The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days, what is it ?

Organised in partnership with several cultural organisations in Beijing, The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days aims at showing the diversity of music and culture in the Chinese capital.

Spread on many different days and events the Beijing Underground Summer Music Days involves several organizations and venues such as Loreli, Spittoon, BLKGEN, Sub Tropical, Rock against jams, School Bar, Yue Space, Temple Bar as well as many artists, musicians, and more.

Be sure not to miss these events and celebrate the beginning of the summer in a different way !

Part 1, 3 of June:

The Loreli Affordable Art Market.

Part 2, 3 of June:

The Beijing Grand Slam at Yue Space.

Part 3, 19 to 23 of June:

The Beijing Underground Summer Music Week at Temple.




Part 4, 20 of June, School Bar “Rock Night”:

Part 5, 20 of June:

Spittoon presents: Spittunes.

A Poetry and Music Collaboration – 28th June Yue Space.

More details will be given little by little on social media and more so don’t forget to follow us !

The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days ! The Art Market !

The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days are coming, a lot of events of music and art, more informations will be told soon !!!!

Here is the first part of it, the Loreli Affordable Art Market.

It’s all coming in June, don’t miss this !

3 of June, The Loreli Art Market.

More infos about the artists participating and more details will be announced soon, stay tuned !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wang Lei, A Pioneer of Chinese Music.

Wang Lei at School Bar. The picture hangs on the wall of School bar’s second floor.

Today let’s talk about one of the legends of underground rock music in China, Wang Lei 王磊

While I was in Yunnan in February, I passed by Dali and met Wang Lei, a musician often mentioned as the “Cui Jian” of the south, but who was more importantly one of the pioneers of electronic music in China. We jammed together two nights in a row at one of the local bars and that’s when I decided I would actually write something about the guy.

I first encountered the music of Wang Lei in 2006 while I was back for the summer in Bordeaux and came across his electronic album “Xin”, this was the first time a Chinese electronic music album made it to stores in France, I was surprised to find that out, and I liked that album so much that I later sampled it as a DJ.

After meeting Wang Lei and jamming with him, happy about that encounter, I decided to listen to every one of his 9 albums since the 90’s and write something about it, so here we go !

Cui Jian 崔健 (left), Wang Lei 王磊 (right).

Before we start know you I did this review listening to the albums on Chinese website QQ Music, except for “Wangtone” which is not available in China but available on Spotify and Youtube. 
QQ music is only usable in China, if you are not in China it might work if you have a VPN that helps you use Chinese websites. Some of Wang Lei’s album are available on Spotify but most of them aren’t.

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Wang Lei emerged at the same time as artists such as Dou Wei 窦唯, Zhang Chu 张楚 and He Yong 何勇, but made music different than these other artists in the way that his sound is sometimes more rough. He has an artistic quality that I would sometimes compare to a sort of Chinese Syd Barrett or Chinese Tom Waits, especially with what was recorded in the 90’s, as we will see later. After completely embracing electronic music, Wang Lei will go on to create one of the most important albums in Chinese electronic music “Xin” 馨 If you don’t know the artists I just mentioned, please research them, they are at the basis of modern Chinese rock.

His first album, from 1994, “Chu Men Ren” 出门人 (Out of the door), is a rock album, sometimes taking inspiration from Pink Floyd, sometimes going into to pop, with a little bit of experimental music here and there. It has also moments of weird reggae and there even a bit of hip hop in there.

His second album “Ye” 夜 (meaning “Night”) starts with the song of the same name, a song that feels like a drunken melancholic lonely night in the heart of the Chinese 80’s. Though the song is characterized by its 80’s sound, one can’t escape the madness inhabiting Wang Lei’s voice and the experimental part of it that seems to be mandatory in these early albums and in his own personal style.

This album is very folky in parts and retains clearly an influence from western rock of the time and a dimension that is purely personal to Wang Lei. I would also recommend you to have a listen to songs such as “Zhu ren” 猪人 (Pig Man). In the song “Lang Lai Le” 狼来了 (The wolf has arrived” I can clearly hear sounds that will later influence bands such as “Mu Tui Gua” 木推瓜 (Wood Pushing Melon) and “ZIYUE” 子曰 (Confucius Says).

The next song is a dialogue between two rats in Guangzhou, I don’t know if you have been to Guangzhou, but the rats there are as big as cats, it’s pretty funny to hear such a weird conversation.

The Next album “Lai Hui” 来回 (Back and Forth) is even more experimental and seems to be driving deliberately the listener a step forward into madness and audio hallucinations.

The song “Hui” 回, a 20 minute track, is probably one of the first electronic song produced by Wang Lei and clearly plunges the listener in a unique experience that seems to never last.

The Next Album “Chun Tian Lai Le” 春天来了 (Spring has arrived) published in 1998, made of drum beats and voices, is a bit more into the vibe of the time. While the first tracks are easier to understand for the common listener the album also has its experimental moments with tracks such as “Bu Xiao De” 不晓得 (I’m not familiar with this), “Wenhua” 文化 (culture) or “Mei You Le” 没有了 (there isn’t anymore of it).

“Yi Qie Dou Cong Aiqing Kaishi” 一切都从爱情开始 (Everything starts from love) is a more acoustic album that keeps the experimental edge heard in former albums but takes the acoustic form to another dimension. The songs are often slow, and feel like a drone at times that digs into your brain to scratch your ears from the inside.

It feels in all like a reflection on nostalgia, lost, and a bit of anger and regrets here and there.

Wang Lei and Pump Band “王磊与泵乐队“.

This album relies more on drum samples and is one more step towards into electronic music, with heavy drums and distorted voices, songs such as “Hey Dog” 哎狗 or “Live” 现场 announce partly the sound of the future albums of wang Lei.

“Meili Cheng” 美丽城 (Belleville).

Composed after his first encounter with the electronic music scene in Paris, “Belleville”, also the name of the largest asian district in Paris, seems to be a departure from the other Wang Lei albums as it is the beginning of Wang Lei the electronic musician, and the beginning of an international career. A lot of the tracks of the album present sample of all kinds, including sample of voices of people talking, but also samples of Chinese instruments, cool beats, drums, and crazy sounds.

“Xin” 馨 (Strong and pervasive fragrance).

Maybe the best album has done so far, “Xin” mixes the experimental abilities of Wang Lei with the idea of the electronic sounds created on the album “Belleville”. It is a masterpiece and an underrated album in many ways. If you only listen to one of Wang Lei’s album, that’s the one.

 

In 2005 Wang Lei and the band High Tone released “Wang Tone”, a collaborative albums mixing the High Tone vibe and the Wang Lei vision.

A cool album, allowing a different kind of idea on music and maybe showing the way to something new and different in the field of music at the time.

This one is available on youtube.

But also on Bil Bili (Chinese internet).

A pretty cool live set, that shows the evolution of Wang Lei from the 80’s to now.

We hope to see very soon a new album of the artist who now lives in Dali.

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The Loreli Affordable Art Market/Beijing Underground 20 January

The Loreli Affordable Art Market !

Held on the 20 of January afternoon at Yue Space before the music kicks in, the Loreli Market is a great way to find out about Beijing based artists as well !

Anna Gale is an American illustrator/painter/zinester/print maker residing in Beijing. Her works range from one-off hand-painted patches, postcard and poster prints to zines. She is heavily influenced by the art of traditional tattoo design, and day-to-day sketches, portraits, and doodles. The newest addition to her collection is the first issue of a zine titled “Bury the Bone”, which takes you on a journey to places you’ve been, only heard of, or never known to exist.

Liuba Draws is an independent artist/illustrator from Russia based in Beijing. Living in Beijing for more than four years now, it has become a new home for Liuba, with amazing experiences and a deep love for a city, which she wants to share with everyone. People both visiting or living in China are excited to discover all the quirky things they love about this country hidden in the art of Liuba Draws.

Liuba Draws 是独立插画师/艺术家,来自俄罗斯住北京。Liuba主要使⽤用⽔水粉画的形式和技巧来表现她眼中的北北京⽂文化和北北京⼈人。经过6年年有余的北北京⽣生活,这⾥里里俨然已经成为了了Liuba的第⼆二故乡。带着对这个城市深切的热爱,她决定通过⾃自⼰己的画笔与⼤大家分享这份深情。⽆无论你是否了了解北北京 — Liuba的笔触都能带着你的视⻆角纵览这个⽂文化与⺠民俗兼容并蓄的千年年古城。

瑞瑞君,独立插画师设计师,一直致力于插画事业,出版过绘本、杂志插图、儿童读物、商业插画等。插画的特色在于熟练地使用简单的线条,巧妙地运用不同的色彩,在平面上展现出丰富的性格与特色,而造型与构图上的灵活大方,活泼跳跃,突显出插画师的个人风格。

Aurélien Foucault is a photographer whose style oscillates between documentary and fine art. The wide range of his work may take you from late-night punk bars to artistic nudes or the peaceful mountains of Xinjiang.

Fei Fei is an illustrator and artist living and working in Beijing.

Kambina Elena.

Painter, drawer, artist of performance, installations, video-art, curator. Participant of many international exhibitions and projects.

Teo Charalambidis is a Greek painter and designer with several personal exhibitions in his home country. His works range from oil and acrylic paintings, collage, postcard art and more, and his influences are various as hagiography, mythology and contemporary social
matters.

忒奥·查拉拉比迪斯是一名希腊画家兼设计师,他在他的祖国举办过多次个人展览。他的作品包括油画、亚克力绘画、拼贴画、明信片艺术等等。他的作品的影响力是多方面的。

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北京地下的冬天音乐日第三部分:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days part 3.

Spread on 3 different days (18 January, 19 January and 20 January) The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days goal is to celebrate music in a different way. 北京地下的冬天音乐日第三部分:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days part 3.

The Peppercorns:

The Peppercorns is a band that plays heavy psychedelic rock music rooted in classic 70’s style, drawing inspiration from prog and art rock. The band is guitar heavy with experimental synth while still maintaining a pop sensibility. Fronted by Edog Wonderlogg II with Kangaroo Zhong and XianXX on guitar, Brain 2.0 on drums, Yan Von3000 on bass and Andrew the lone wolf on synth/violin.

飞椒乐队(The Peppercorns)成立于2016年初的北京,创作风格深受六七十年代前卫、艺术摇滚的影响,保持旋律性的同时,结构复杂多变,极具创新性。合成器,特雷门琴,与迷幻吉他音色的融合,赋予了飞椒乐队一种无法定义的神秘感。

乐队现场:

https://m.weibo.cn/status/4166818123726233?wm=3333_2001&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

Backspace:

如同“Backspace”一词,这是一支充满数字化时代年轻人敏感气质的乐队。Motorik 式鼓点、紧凑而戏剧性的贝斯、大段吉他配合时而冲浪音乐般清亮婉转,时而凶兆显现般冥响嚎叫。充满随意性和挑衅性。

Like the word “Backspace,” This is a band filled with the sensitive temperament of young people in the digital age. Motorik-style drums, compact and dramatic bass, a large guitar, and sometimes surf music as clear as the sound of the ominous appearance of howling. Full of randomness and aggressiveness.

DJANG SAN:

Djang San, an artist who has released more than 40 albums since 2003, is now exploring electronic music and pushing the boundaries of electro-folk as a solo one man band.

Djang San has toured extensively in 2017 both solo and with his trio, two times in South Korea and one time in Japan where he has also released an album on CD that is available in stores across Japan.

He has also played several festivals and concerts in China in 2017 and released a quadruple album, a trio album and another solo album.

 

KO

Ko is the pseudonym of Kristin Newborn: vocalist, guitarist, and downright badass. From the age of 18, Kristin was classically trained by a religious cult performing arts group in LA. No foolin’. But as fucked up as that experience must have been, Kristin emerged victorious. A native of Indianapolis and Chicago by way of Los Angeles, Kristin first began writing under the name Ko in the spring of 2012, after the demise of her first group Slothpop. Shortly thereafter she enlisted Todd Heaton to play percussion for the live shows and later recordings. KO has had many different line ups since, playing as full band with many talented rotating musicians. Her solo shows are just as captivating as she loops guitar and vocals making a glorious, euphoric wall of sound.

 

北京地下的冬天音乐日第二部分:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days part 2.

北京地下的冬天音乐日第二部分:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days part 2.

Spread on 3 different days (18 January, 19 January and 20 January) The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days goal is to celebrate music in a different way.

北京地下的冬天音乐日:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days.

ögenix 

Beijing based electro metal band that will melt your faces off!!!

The future starts now!!!

“That’s the kind of music I like to listen to (…) it’s harder, harder and harder to find good bands cuz’ we’ve been doing heavy metal music for for 30 f***’ plus years (…) you guys just f**’ blew my nuts off…”

-Dave Brockie (GWAR)

Scare the Children

Scare the Children was formed in August of 2014 as a concept band that draws inspiration from all things horror. The music, the lyrics, the art work, the costumes and the stage props are all interwound to tell a horror story that is both frightening and compelling.

With a heavy sound that combines groove metal and punk, adding elaborate piano parts, Scare the Children attempts to create a truly immerse experience for the concert going audience that stretches beyond music, bringing in a bone-chilling show to anyone who witnesses it.

Scare The Children是一支金属乐队,成立于2014年8月, 用音乐与舞台效果讲述鬼魂附身的洋娃娃Betsy与一位小男孩交往的故事。相识后,Betsy与小男孩分离,一年复一年时间流逝,小洋娃娃一直在寻找旧主。乐队的目标是给观众创造一种完全植入性的体验,通过穿上娃娃服装和使用台上的视觉效果来超越音乐的限制。乐队在阵容编制上很有特色,首先乐队为了营造以低频为主的效果,舍去偏高频的吉它,干脆启用两把贝斯作为主要乐器(一把五弦,一把六弦)。而且站在前排的贝斯手是伴唱,而坐在最后面的鼓手才是真正的主唱大人。

Electric Sewage:

Hailing from the frozen wastelands of Siberia, Alex Sinchuck found his hands too cold to play guitar, and so migrated to warmer climates to learn to ways of love, surfing, and rock’n roll. His trail of broken hearts soon led to Beijing, heart of China, where he plays his guitar throughout the city where the name “Alex” will not soon be forgotten.

Chris Saunders, born in Asia, a citizen of America, with heritage from the middle east and raised in Europe, has been called “the man from nowhere”. They say he even now wanders the dark hutongs of Beijing, playing dice with strangers and playing music in the smoky bars of a city with a heart of metal.

Chuck Cooper was born to a life of duality, half English and half American. Caught between the conflicts of two rival nations, he vowed to search the earth for a rhythm that would mend the rift between his two halves. His journey soon took him to the ancient land of drums and gongs, and within Beijing he captures every rhythm he can, in hopes that one of them will bring peace and unity to the Old World and the New.

 

北京地下的冬天音乐日第一部分:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days part 1.

Spread on 3 different days (18 January, 19 January and 20 January) The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days goal is to celebrate music in a different way.

北京地下的冬天音乐日:The Beijing Underground’s Sweet Winter Music Days.

 

Tydi Knots: 

Tydi Knots is Rudi and Tyron. Combining the classical influences with their already experimental rock sounds, they create a new soundscape that crosses various genres. Playing as a 2 piece they have a large sound and also play various sets and interpretations of their original songs. A unique show that is both enticing and intimate exciting as well as memorable. Their sound is difficult to set to a genre as they draw inspiration and influences from all various genres and styles of music, but the band’s musical style can be described as a mix between alternative, indie pop, rock, post rock, ambient and experimental rock.

Russian Roulette:

Russian roulette is a middle school punk band from Beijing. Since its establishment in 2016, the band has survived hardly because their songs are sick, performances are bad. But they have lots of fans for their All-in performance every time. You will never know what would happen during the drunk boys’ destroying performances. Their music is a mix between punk and classic rock music of the 1970s…

Come to the show to meet them and know them 🙂

北京middle school朋克乐队。自2016年成立以来一直苟活在北京的地下摇滚圈,演黄了一个又一个live house,成为了当之无愧的北京难听之王。尽管很难听,还是受到了人们的喜爱,因为看他们的演出就像看马戏,你永远不知道醉酒后的他们会做出什么令人发指的事儿来。从他们身上你会看到70年代的胡逼,80年代的华丽,90年代的进步和00年代的先进。