Tuesday 13 June 2017, 7.30pm
Genre-defying Chinese percussionist, Beibei Wang, returns to OTO alongside special guests Ansuman Biswas, Jihye Kim, Belle Chen and Emi Watanabi to bring a fully Asian cultural experience to London.
By exploring new possibilities and challenging assumptions from all fields, Beibei and her collaborators have developed genre-defying projects, pushing boundaries and delighting audiences the world over.
Beibei Wang is an acclaimed virtuoso percussionist with both Chinese and British musical education background. Beibei has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the classical music world, receiving international praise for her performances. She received double Master Degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (China) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK). In 2014, she was listed in the top 50 Chinese musicians in the “Sound of East” project by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In 2015, she was endorsed as Exceptional Talent by the Arts Council, England. Following the successful recital at SOAS, University of London, she started teaching Chinese traditional percussion at SOAS. She was recently featured as the cover of Music Life magazine in China in 2017.
Ansuman Biswas has an interdisciplinary practice encompassing music, film, live art, installation, writing and theatre.
He has worked as a composer and musician in a wide range of contexts from jazz to Indian Classical music, pop songs to industrial noise. He has been commissioned by the Sonic Arts Network, the National Theatre, the Royal Ballet, the English National Opera and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China.
He has worked with the BBC, Channel Four, MTV, Royal Opera House and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has shown visual art at Tate Modern, The South London Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, the ICA.
Jihye wants to be called a “performing artist” rather than a “percussion player”, the word describes well how much she enjoy being on a stage. She has played Korean traditional percussion and her focus of musical activity is playing all kinds of improvised music, not being deviated from the core elements of Korean traditional music. She always desires to collaborate with various genres. She gained her first MA in Korean traditional percussion at Korean National University of Arts and received the Grand Prize at the KBS Korean traditional music award as a member of the group ‘Ensemble Sinawi’ in 2012. She is currently MA student at SOAS, University of London.
“Original and provocative” – Brian Eno (2014 NOISE Festival)
Handpicked by Brian Eno as the one to watch, Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen is rapidly distinguishing herself with unique recorded works and performances that are unbound by tradition- often mixing classical music repertoire with recorded soundscapes and collaborating across multiple genres and mediums. Her creativity was celebrated through winning the classical music category of 2015 London Music Awards.
After gaining her masters at Royal Academy of Music, Belle was a soloist for Park Lane Group Young Artists in 2015/16, and winner of Curator’s Choice for Music Award at 2014 NOISE Festival. In addition to performing internationally, Belle has been broadcasted & featured by BBC Radio 3, BBC China, ABC FM, Monocle, Classic Radio Finland amongst others www.bellechen.com
Emi Watanabe was born in Japan where she trained in traditional flutes. Emi plays three different types of traditional flutes – Ryuteki, Nohkan and Shinobue. She has been invited to perform with numerous musicians since she moved to the UK in 1995.