Current Chengdu resident, American Chinese improvisor, composer and street musician Li Daiguo, has been known  to play violin, viola, cello, pipa, nanyin pipa, huqin (including erhu, sihu,banhu erxuan), flute (xiao, nan-xiao [also called shakuhachi], hulusi, koudi and bawu), the Zimbabwean mbira, kalimba and clarinet. If you let him close to a mike he might indulge in beatboxing and/or high and low throat singing. Warning: this performer is highly infectious.

Li Daiguo started formal training at the age of 5 in western classical music (violin, viola, cello, bass) and later at the age of 15 in traditional Chinese music (erhu, pipa). In university began to explore a variety of world music (Finnish, Carnatic Indian, etc.), improvisation and New Music as a Violin Performance and Literature major at San Diego State University. Participated in various world music ensembles, including university Finnish folk ensemble, participated in folk festivals and performance tours in finland for 2 summers (Kaustinen Folk music festival), performed with local improvisation, world fusion, and nu-jazz ensembles in southern California area (San diego, LA )

Moved to China in 2004 and began to focus on solo improvisation and composition, developing vocal skills (human beatboxing, overtone singing) and performing in a variety of venues and in the streets all over China, often visiting Japan and the U.S. Often collaborating with other artists including butoh dancers, contact jugglers, actors, clowns, musicians, VJs, DJs, live painters, magicians.

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