Make a Feint to the East and Attack in the West
Free Improve Series No. 32
Qian Xing Zhe Quartet & Peter Brötzmann Concert in Beijing


Peter Brötzmann Saxophone / Clarinet

Xu Fengxia Vocals / Guzheng / San Xian

Kristian Mondrup Nielsen Drum

Li Tieqiao Saxphone

Peter Brötzmann (born 6 March 1941) is a German artist and free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist and among the most important European free jazz musicians. His rough, lyrical timbre is easily recognized on his many recordings.

For Adolphe Sax, Brötzmann’s first recording, was released in 1967 and featured Kowald and drummer Sven-Åke Johansson. In the 1980s, Brötzmann flirted with heavy metal and noise rock, including a stint in Last Exit and subsequent recordings with Last Exit’s bass guitarist and producer Bill Laswell. Brötzmann has remained active, touring and recording regularly. He has released over fifty albums as a bandleader, and has appeared on on well over 100 albums.

Xu Fengxia began her career as a musician at the tender age of 5 years old, first playing the Pipa, and later at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Sanxian (usually a plucked instrument, but as Ms. Xu has shown, also possible to play with a bow!). She went on to master four instruments: guzheng, guqin, sanxian and a small lute called the liuqin. After graduation Xu Fengxia joined the famous Shanghai Chinese Traditional Orchestra. Ms. Xu has played around the world, frequently with esteemed artists such as Peter Kowald, and often solos in compositions by Chinese composers like Tan Dun, Qu Xiaosong, Kee Yong, Xu Shuya, Qin Wencheng and many more.

At the age of five Kristian Mondrup started studying piano, and switched to playing drums at the age of 7. Kristian has studied drums, with drummers like Kresten Osgood, Jacob Hoyer, Aage Tanggaard, and the legendary Free jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille. In 2009 he founded the music/art collective Kala’oukei, together with

singer and guitarist Bjarke Porsmose (Lily electric) and pianist Nikolai Koch (Oh No Ono). In July they put out their debut Ep, entitled “The Treason and the Black Soil”. Kristian currently lives in Beijing where he continues his work, and lifetime study of the drums.

Li Tieqiao is a Chinese composer, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist and curator based in Beijing. He is an extended techniques player and an outstanding experimentalist, bravely experimenting in search of a new expression between the boarders of jazz, rock and electronic noise.


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