international indie folk music festival
“Despite its rather esoteric name, the Ephemerals Festival is one of the most promising additions to Beijing’s calendar. A strong line-up of international and Chinese ‘post-folk’ acts will be championing the cause. TIME OUT magazine / Beijing, February 2011
Mamer solo performance / Mamer-Li Tieqiao-Tato / Ephemerals Ensemble: Xiao He, Song Yuzhe, Tao Ye, L’Ocelle Mare, Matthieu Ha, Li Tieqiao, Pierre Mansire
1.MAMER (China, Xinjiang) 8:30pm
Mamer is the leader of the famous band IZ. In 2008 he recorded an album on Peter Gabriel’s label Real World, which was entitled “Eagle”, a consecration for this amazing musician. His solo project has gradually distanced itself from stereotyped and commercial ethnic music with its playful moods. The mystery of his music lies not just in the infinite landscapes of the great western China but also in the intimate landscapes of the Kazakh artist, dark and uncompromising.
2.MAMER – LI TIEQIAO – TATO ( China, Xinjiang, Hunan, Mexico) 9:15pm
LI TIEQIAOGlamorous Pharmacy has only one slogan to define music: “FREE!”. In 2006 Li Tieqiao embarked on his solo project and spent two years in Norway where he played with the spearheads of the European (Hunan): This ex-member of free-jazz/avant-garde scene such as Peter Brötzmann and Maya Ratkje. On his return, at his initiave, avant-garde artists from all around the world meet each other regularly in Beijing for the project “Sheng Dong Ji Xi,” which has nearly 40 events. He is a unique saxophonist on the international stage.free-jazz/avant-garde scene such as Peter Brötzmann and Maya Ratkje. On his return, he wrote the magnificent and nostalgic “Wind of Lunacy”, recorded by Xiao He. Since 2008, at his initiave, avant-garde artists from all around the world meet each other regularly in Beijing for the project “Sheng Dong Ji Xi,” which has nearly 40 events. He is a unique saxophonist on the international stage.
HECTOR RAMIREZ “TATO” (Mexico):In the early 1990’s, he began learning to play Tabla in Berkeley, California. After returning to his home in México, he continued studing Tabla together with Gustavo Arteaga and Luis Miguel Costero. The fusions of Brazilian harmony and Hindu rhythms have enabled him to create a very personal style of music. Until now, Tato has produced three CDs: “Todo en Azul” , “Periplo” and “Mousike”. He has become a popular composer of original music for projects and TV shows, as well as for contemporary dance ensembles, theatre plays, documentaries …
3.EPHEMERALS ENSEMBLE curated by Xiao He (China, Hebei, Jilin, Hunan, Chongqing, France) 10:15pm Music by Xiao He, Li Tieqiao, Song Yuzhe, L’Ocelle Mare, Matthieu Ha Dancer: Tao Ye Action Lighting by Pierre Mansire
SONG YUZHE (Jilin): Song Yuzhe is one of the pillars of the new Chinese avant-garde folk scene. Few years ago he decided to return to travel solo in order to meet ethnic groups of Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Tibet. Two years later he returned to Beijing with the project “Da Wang Gang”, bringing together artists from Mongolia, Xinjiang and Mexico in music and images.
L’OCELLE MARE(France):L’Ocelle Mare is the solo project of Thomas Bonvalet, the former guitarist for Cheval de Frise (1999-2004). The music of L’Ocelle Mare may not have the same cultural resonance as the folk music of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, but it should not be dismissed. This music celebrates both the chaos and timelessness of nature and is one of the most beautiful works of contemporary folk music.
MATHIEU HA (France): For Matthieu Ha, it all started in the streets of Brussels, with a meeting between the European capital and its music. It is impossible to remain indifferent to his world of voice alto-cons and the melancholic melodies of his accordion. In December 2010 he organized the BANGK (zero) K, pop utopia festival, in the Thai capital. The festival was a part of his larger project: “Desoriental”. Every performance is unique.
TAO YE (Chongqing): Tao Ye’s works “Weight”, “Double”, and “Sketch” have all been performed in international contemporary dance festivals. Tao Ye believes that each body has unique secrets, and through rigorous, sincere and exploratory corporal research, he hopes to stretch the boundaries of the flesh, and in this process of excavation to discover the body’s unknown.
PIERRE MANSIRE (France): Pierre Mansire is an alter-contemporary artist, whose favorite medium and material is light. Living in Europe, he works, exhibits, performs internationally (New-York, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest … ). A pioneer since the eighties, he creates his own light instruments and techniques, using natural light (solar) as well as artificial light (electric).
Ticket 130RMB at door
120RMB presale (at the venue or send an email here : firstname.lastname@example.org)
90RMB -25 years old (only at door)
Pass (at the venue or send an email here : email@example.com)
2 nights pass 200RMB
Festival pass (5 nights) 400RMB
- Start: 19:30
- Tickets: 1 NIGHT 130 / 120 / 90RMB (at door / presale / -25 years old) 2 NIGHTS PASS 200RMB (available until April 15th) EPHEMERALS' PASS 400RMB (available until April 8th)