Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Curated by Split Works
“No one sounds quite like Dan Bejar—in classic sum-is-greater-than-the-parts fashion, he’s emerged over the past 15 years as one of indie-rock’s most unique and idiosyncratic voices, forging an identity so distinct.” – Pitchfork.com
Contemporale’s fourth performance for the 2015-2016 season sees an intense and nimble performances from one of Canada’s most eclectic performers – Destroyer. Proceeding John Grant’s spine-tingling Contemporale performance in the Chamber Hall, Destroyer will bring his melodic verve and blue-eyed soul sadness to Shanghai on April 17.
Supporting them in Beijing will be Uncle Hu, with cozy, whispery little nostalgia-drenched songs of their own.
Dan Bejar started Destroyer as a solo home-recording project in the early to mid-nineties. Exploring and overturning genres such as glam, MIDI, yacht rock, and even underground Spanish independent artists, Bejar was proclaimed “Rock’s Exiled King” by The Fader. As Destroyer, Bejar has released 10 studio albums and 4 EPs to date, with an eagerly awaited eleventh – Poison Season released in August 2015. No two records sound the same, but they’re always uniquely Destroyer. His is a body of work that consistently flouts convention in favor of musical leaps of faith, statements of purpose cloaked in subterfuge, and the joyous refrain of an optimist’s heart cloaked in cynicism.
Split Works along with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra looks forward to sharing this, the fourth of six performances, with its audience.
Date: April 17, 2016 Sunday
*Performance will start promptly at 7:45pm. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to show time.
Support: Uncle Hu
Price: 180/120/80 RMB
Location: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Hall
Address: 1380 Middle Fuxing Road, Xuhui District, near Baoqing Road (徐汇区复兴中路1380号，近宝庆路)
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra official website：www.sh-symphony.com
Split Works official website：www.spli-t.com
Destroyer website, at Merge Records: https://www.mergerecords.com/destroyer
The Contemporale series began in the autumn of 2014 as a collaboration between the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Split Works and hosts exciting contemporary musical acts in a classical music environment, at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s new home in downtown Shanghai.
The 2014-15 season saw piano, guitar and strings from the Ukraine (Lubomyr Melnyk), Canada (Moonface) and the US (Bill Callahan). With fully sold out Chamber Halls across the season, Contemporale has expanded its programme for the 2015-16 season, taking in twice the number of artists and including performances in the 1,200 seat Concert Hall.
About Split Works:
Split Works is a Beijing and Shanghai based concert promotion agency. Since 2006, we’ve been putting on killer parties and shows throughout Asia, working with brilliant artists from across the globe. In 2009, we launched JUE | Music + Art and also produce branded campaigns through our sister company, communications agency Splatter. We love China, we love music, we love you.