SPLIT WORKS PRESENTS: William Tyler 2019 China Tour

Sublime, emotional post-country for wide-open vistas and the great outdoors

In August 2019, William Tyler (Lambchop / The Silver Jews) will tour China for a series of shows, workshops and intimate performances.

His mellow, beautiful instrumental music is part travelogue – an ode to the vanishing landmarks of America’s past – and part meditation – a reflection of the anxieties of the country today. Musically, there’s krautrock (hints of Neu! And Autobahn-era Kraftwerk), pastoral folk melodies and psychedelic noodling.

Expect five evenings of intricate, transporting storytelling – somewhere between the gentle vibes of a night around a campfire and the erudition of a smart lecture. It’s music that enhances the human capacity to understand ourselves. William Tyler’s last outings in China were with Lambchop in 2016 and the Concrete & Grass Music Festival in 2018, and this time he is adding a series of workshop dates where he’ll go into fingerpicking techniques (a style he helped pioneer in its contemporary form) and his songwriting approach. Dates and details are below.

We sometimes tend to call music like William’s – expansive, emotional – as perfect for “driving”.That description, while perfect, stops a bit short of really capturing what makes William Tyler special. While there is an element of the road in his work, it always goes beyond the highway. This is music that stops to look, goes offroad to explore, and talks to those we meet along the way.

That, in a sense, is the essence of this tour. Stories of the road from a storyteller on the road. In Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou, William Tyler sets us off on journeys both imaginary and real, and through music and words, takes us to places far removed from the everyday. A powerful reminder in the times we live and that difference and diversity is to be celebrated, and not merely ‘tolerated’.

We hope you’ll join us for the ride.

About William Tyler:

Nashville-native William Tyler has played with the likes of Ty Segall and Lambchop, and has released five studio albums as a solo artist. 2016’s Modern Country was hailed by Rolling Stone as one of “the best country albums of the year” and his 2019 work,Goes West (on the legendary Merge Records) was released to widespread critical acclaim.

SPLIT WORKS PRESENTS: William Tyler 2019 China Tour

Date and Time:Sunday, 11 August, 19:30
Venue:Main Hall @ Temple 东景缘
Address:No.23 Song Zhu Yuan Sha Tan Bei Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tickets:180RMB Advance / 200RMB Door
Pre-sale Link: https://yoopay.cn/event/WilliamTyler

  • Workshop (Free Entrance)
    “On the Road in 21st Century America – Songwriting, Guitar and Modern Country”
    Date and Time:Monday, 12 August,20:00 – 21:15
    Address:No. 13 Art Museum East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Date:Thursday, 15 August
Address:No. 9, Kuixinglou Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu

  • Workshop(Free Entrance)
    “On the Road in 21st Century America – Songwriting, Guitar and Modern Country”
    Time:17:00 – 18:15 (入场时间 | Door 16:30)

Time:20:30(入场时间 | Door 20:00)
Tickets:80RMB Advance / 100RMB Door
Pre-sale Link: https://www.showstart.com/event/91179

Date and Time:Friday, 16 August,20:00(入场时间 | Door 19:30)
Address:Shop D01, Nantian Square, Huacheng Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Tickets:80RMB Advance / 100RMB Door
Pre-sale Link: https://www.showstart.com/event/91201

  • Workshop(*Free Entrance)
    “On the Road in 21st Century America – Songwriting, Guitar and Modern Country”
    Date and Time:Saturday, 17 August,18:30 – 19:45(入场时间 | Door 18:00)
    Venue:U.S. Consulate – Lincoln Hall
    Address:Hua Xia Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (Please use consular visitor entrance.)
    *No registration required, limited to the first 300 people. All attendees will require official ID.

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