Support: BIAN YUAN

“One of America’s most enigmatic singer-songwriters. Bill Callahan has frequently been hailed as the Leonard Cohen of his generation.”

– The Telegraph


This is one we’ve been working on for a looooong time. At Split Works HQ, we cannot wait to share the beautiful music of Bill Callahan – once known as Smog – during a China tour that will span the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Ningbo. This prolific American singer-songwriter is known for setting poetic lyrics to a backdrop of simple yet profound melodies, sparking magical emotions in his listeners. Sometimes described as the “new Leonard Cohen” and often described as a “musician’s musician”, Bill will be accompanied by fellow guitarist Matt Kinsey onstage.


Bill Callahan’s singing is characterized by his striking baritone voice. Melodically and lyrically he tends to eschew the verse-chorus approach favored by many contemporary songwriters, preferring instead a more free-form approach that relies less on melodic and lyrical repetition. His generally dispassionate delivery of lyrics and dark irony often evoke complex emotional and lyrical twists and turns.


In the late 1980s, Callahan broke into the music scene with a lo-fi style of underground rock, putting out homemade albums recorded on four track tape recorders. He was a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment and much of his early output was instrumental – a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work. After signing to the Drag City label, he started to use recording studios and a greater variety of instruments for his records.


From 1993 to 2000, he recorded two albums with the influential producer Jim O’Rourke and Tortoise’s John McEntire, and collaborated with Neil Hagerty. After this, Callahan returned to a slightly simpler recording style, while retaining the more consistent songwriting skills he had developed over the years.


In 2007, Bill Callahan parted with the “Smog” moniker and released the album Woke On a Whaleheart under his own name. Since then, he has released four more albums – the last of which, Have Fun With God, came out in January 2014.


Split Works welcomes you to experience one of this autumn’s most anticipated shows of the season!


Drag City official Bill Callahan webpage: www.dragcity.com/artists/bill-callahan

Bian Yuan Official Douban Site: http://site.douban.com/faraway/


Tickets online: https://yoopay.cn/event/BillCallahanBJ



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  • Tickets: Rmb 130 (door) / 100 (presale | stop at 23:30 on November 20th)