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5.20 [CONCERT] Guo Yongzhang / GONG @ 5rd Tomorrow Festival

第五届明天音乐节 
5th Tomorrow Festival 

2018.5.17 - 5.20
演出 Concert · 讲座 Talk · 放映 Screening

 

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Guo Yongzhang
China

Time
2018.5.20 20:00 - 21:00
Venue
B10 Live, North District of OCT-LOFT

Artist
郭永章 Guo Yongzhang - 坠胡 Zhuihu / 坠梆 Zhuibang / 人声 Vocals

 

Born in 1945, Guo Yongzhang is a true maestro of Henan Zhuizi, a traditional Chinese talking-singing art that has a history of over 100 years. Almost blind, he plays Zhuihu and Zhuibang to accompany his own singing. His vocal style is peculiar, resounding yet smooth, adopting various types of arias from traditional local operas such as Shandong Bangzi and Shandong Zaobang, and he always sings with deep feelings and great verve.

Originated in Henan, Zhuizi is included in the national intangible cultural heritage list and has been popular in Henan and its nearby regions. Its main accompaniment musical instrument is Zhuihu, a two-stringed bowed instrument made of wood, and secondly the Zhuibang, a wooden percussion played with foot tapping. Since Zhuihu has a wide diapason with a soft sound and relatively high volume, the performer can use it to imitate the voice of human and animals.

Guo was born with bad eyesight. Growing up in poverty, he never had enough food and had been living on begging in the nearby village with his parents. It was during that period he discovered Zhuizi for the first time, and was so obsessed with its unique charm that he decided to learn playing by himself. He bought a second-hand Zhuihu from the local opera troupe with wages from hard physical labor, and soon managed to play some short pieces by hard practice. However, it was still difficult for him to gain respect from the local folks without training under the traditional master-apprentice system that he couldn’t afford, and even worse, his eyesight went worse and worse to nearly blind. Not until he turns 17 was he reluctantly accepted by a Zhuizi master and has been assiduously learning and playing until now.

Lyrics of Guo’s Zhuizi are about respecting the old, valuing the righteousness and compassion, while keeping a sense of humor. Today, he is widely-known in the border region of Suzhou, Shandong, Henan and Anhui, and is commonly regarded as a Zhuizi master.

Guo has been playing among people tirelessly for decades. As he ages, Guo knows there is not much time left for him, and he feels sorry that nowadays only few people want to learn Zhuizi. He is worried that this precious art form would disappear someday.

 

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Gong
UK / France

Time
2018.05.20 21:20 - 22:35
Venue
B10 Live, North District of OCT-LOFT

Artists
Kavus Torabi - 主唱 Vocals / 吉他 Guitar
Ian East - 萨克斯 Saxophone / 长笛 Flute
Dave Sturt - 贝斯 Bass / 人声 Vocals
Fabio Golfetti - 吉他 Guitar / 滑奏 Glissando / 人声 Vocals
Cheb Nettles - 鼓 Drums / 人声 Vocals

 

There would be no other band like Gong who would release an album titled “Rejoice! I’m Dead!” to pay tribute to its deceased founder (Daevid Allen). We might never be able to predict what kind of future would be conceived by Gong, this loving and humorous planet full of mystery, but all these years it has already brought us surreal soundscapes with shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde and krautrock, in their musically diverse world infused with infinite possibilities.

In 2005, the former main band leader Daevid Allen passed away for illness as being the first one who had left this planet riding a teapot spaceship. In recent years guitarist of Gong Kavus Torabi has taken over the position of leader along with other band members. Together they witnessed how did Daevid still kept his consistency of attitude between what he did and what he wrote that he confronted with his death in such calm. They proudly embraced the planet that he had left, while this has become a grand extension and a fantastic chance for Gong as a classic band to be reborn. Let us rewind what Daevid said to Gong before his death, “I feel you are all equally on the brink of a whole new era of Gong!”

Brief Histroy of Gong

From its beginnings in 1967, through the Virgin Records years, mismanagement, court cases, break-ups and rejoinings, deaths and rebirths – there has always been a continuous thread of beautiful, dangerous and extraordinary music.

Australian beatnik poet Daevid Allen (ex-Soft Machine) began making music with his partner Gilli Smyth in the late 1960s, along with a constantly evolving community of creative musicians. Albums from this period include “Magick Brother” (1969) and the influential “Banana Moon” (1971) – one of David Bowie's favourite 20 albums. A stable line-up of the band, now named Gong, eventually materialised featuring Didier Malherbe (sax and reeds), Christian Tritsch (bass), and Pip Pyle (drums), along with Daevid (glissando guitar, vocals) and Smyth (space whisper, vocals). This band released the album “Camembert Electrique” in late 1971, as well as providing the soundtrack to the iconic biker film “Continental Circus" and music for the album “Obsolete” by French poet Dashiel Hedayat.

Gong's next three albums are known as the classic Radio Gnome Trilogy, consisting of “Flying Teapot” (1973), “Angel's Egg” (1974), and “You” (1975), all released by Virgin Records. Over the course of the Trilogy, Tritsch and Pyle left and were replaced by Mike Howlett (bass) and Pierre Moerlen (drums). New members Steve Hillage (guitar) and Tim Blake (synthesizers) also joined.

After “You”, Daevid, Hillage, Blake and Smyth left the group due to creative differences. Guitarist Allan Holdsworth joined and the band moved into a virtuosic jazz fusion style. Hillage and Daevid each released several solo albums and Smyth formed Mother Gong. Nevertheless the trilogy lineup reunited for a few one-off concerts including a 1977 French concert, documented on the “Gong Est Mort, Vive Gong” album. Daevid also reunited with Malherbe and Pyle (as well as other musicians he had collaborated with over the years) for 1992's “Shapeshifter” album and the Gong 25th Birthday Party in 1994. A number of Gong-related bands have existed over the years, including Mother Gong, Gongzilla, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, New York Gong, Planet Gong, and Gongmaison.

A great gathering of the Gong family took place in Amsterdam at the Unconvention in 2006 featuring many previous members and related bands. This event reinvigorated the band, leading to the release of the album “2032” in 2009 and the subsequent tour saw the arrival of Dave Sturt (bass) and Ian East (saxophone).

In 2012, Daevid Allen enlisted Fabio Golfetti (guitar) and Orlando Allen (drums) for a tour of Europe, UK, Japan and Brazil. By 2013 Kavus Torabi (guitar) had also joined the group and the line-up of Daevid, Sturt, East, Golfetti, Allen and Torabi recorded the album I See You (2014). That year, Daevid was diagnosed with cancer and was unable to perform whilst undergoing treatment. Fulfilling his wishes, the band continued the Gong tradition without him and toured to promote the album, bringing in Cheb Nettles (drums).

In 2015, Daevid Allen passed away. His influence and legacy were honoured on the band's latest album, “Rejoice! I'm Dead!” (2016). They continue to tour internationally whilst writing for their next album.

 

More Information
http://www.gongband.com/

Event Details

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 8:00pm - 10:35pm
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