CONTEMPORALE, 2015 – 2016



CONTEMPORALE, 2015 – 2016

In late 2014, Split Works and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra launched an ambitious project. The idea was to bring contemporary artists into a classical music environment – the new home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

The 2014-15 season saw piano, guitar and strings from the Ukraine (Lubomyr Melnyk), Canada (Moonface) and the US (Bill Callahan).  Fully sold out Chamber Halls encouraged the combined braintrust of the two teams to expand its programme for the 2015-16 season, taking in twice the number of artists and a series of shows in the 1,200 seat Concert Hall.

Since last October, we’ve been hard at work putting together a lineup that will create a precedent for entertainment in China.  We have neo-Classical, singer-songwriters, indie rock, alt-country, alt-rock and space rock, and we spread as far afield as Iceland, Ireland, the US, the UK and Canada.

We wrote when we announced Contemporale 2014-15 that, as an independent promoter most used to the grime and realities of China’s best livehouses and clubs, it is such a privilege to present music that needs the enhanced acoustics of a venue like the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, as well as the support of the institution. There are so many great venues in China – theatres, concert halls, etc. – but so few of them are willing to really support non-traditional repertoire.  That’s why the Shanghai Symphony is so genuinely forward looking and open minded, and for that we are truly grateful.

And so to the meat: who do we have appearing?  For the 2015-16 season of Contemporale, we present six diverse and incredibly exciting artists, four in the smaller Chamber Hall and two in the 1,200 seat Concert Hall.


Wednesday, November 4

Ólafur Arnalds (Concert Hall)

Tickets: 80/120/180 RMB

Purchase online:

or purchase at the SSO Orchestral Hall’s Ticketing Office.


Thursday, December 3:

Julia Holter (Chamber Hall)

Tickets: 80/120/180 RMB

Purchase online:

or purchase at the SSO Orchestral Hall’s Ticketing Office.

Julia Holter


Tuesday, March 8

John Grant (Chamber Hall)

Tickets: 80/120/180 RMB

Purchase online:

John Grant

or purchase at the SSO Orchestral Hall’s Ticketing Office.


Sunday, April 17

Destroyer (Chamber Hall)


Sunday, May 22

Damien Rice (Concert Hall)

Damien Rice

Sunday, June 19

Lambchop (Chamber Hall)


Strings, horns, electronics, guitars, and some of the most intriguing singers working in music today.  We cannot wait to share a Contemporale show with you soon.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Address: 1380 Middle Fuxing Road, Xuhui District, near Baoqing Road


Phone number: +86 21 24266162

About Split Works:

Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.

Split Works has launched five music festivals and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Shabazz Palaces, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to More Music, we love music, we love China and we love you.

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