Parallax on China Tour

Text and Photo by Royal Norwegian Embassy in China
Norwegian jazz band Parallax will be on tour in China in May to promote their debut album Live in The UK. They will be playing alongside the Chinese composer Li Tieqiao.

Parallax was formed in early 2008 and comes out of the Oslo improv-scene. The music draws from an array of influences ranging from Asian folk music to traditional jazz and abstract soundscapes. Rustling, crackling, stealthily winding and melodic, the music moves effortlessly from a mere whisper to intensely suggestive stretches of rhythmic improvising. The music has been compared to haiku poetry; atmospheric, immediate and surprising.

The band consists of Stian Omenås (Trumpet/percussion), Are Lothe Kolbeinsen (Guitar/prepared guitar) and Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud (Drums/percussion). Omenås runs several jazz bands and has been commissioned to write pieces for European Jazz Orchestra, Ålesund String Quartet, and other orchestras. He runs his own jazz festival and was voted Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2007. Kolbeinsen works mainly with improvised music. He has worked extensively with physical theatre and dance, as well as installations and free improv. He has toured extensively in Norway and Europe. Thorsrud works mainly within improvised music in formats ranging from solo to big band, and regularly composes for and performs with film, dance and theatre.

Li Tieqiao (Sax) is a Chinese composer, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist and curator based in Beijing. Li Tieqiao has only received very limited musical training and thus could be considered as self studied. His improvisations are experiments in search for a new expression between the borders of jazz, rock and electronic noise. Li Tieqiao has been performing at a number of festivals in China and abroad including Organ 2 (Norway), Early Wind (Germany), Midi Music festival (China), Sally Can’t Dance(China) , 2pi (China) , Notch(China).

2010-05-04 21:00, V.A. BAR. Beijing
2010-05-06 21:00, D22, Beijing
2010-05-07 20:30, Yuyintang, Shanghai
2010-05-08 21:00, Ping Pang Club, Guangzhou
2010-05-10 20:30, Yi Du Tang Art Space, Shenzhen
2010-05-11 20:30, Freedom House, Changsha

For more info an updates see http://www.myspace.com/parallaximpro

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