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Li Daiguo / Che Chen & David Watson
Bridget Donahue
New York, NY
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Li Daiguo / Che Chen & David Watson
Li Daiguo is one of the leading figures in Chinas experimental and new music communities. Performing primarily on pipa and cello, but proficient in a dozen different instruments, he has worked as composer and performer extensively throughout China and internationally over the last ten years. Born in 1981 in Oklahoma to Chinese/Taiwanese parents, Daiguo has studied music since the age of 5, beginning with western classical music on violin and expanding to bluegrass, Chinese classical music, and double bass by the time he entered University. In 2004, Li relocated to mainland China, where he began to develop his unique compositional style, a blend of extended techniques for bowed and plucked instruments, often accompanied by his own throat-singing and beat-boxing. In 2008 he traveled to Zimbabwe to deepen his understanding of polyrhythms and began studying the Shona mbira (or thumb-piano). As a composer, he has been commissioned to score dance by the Guangzhou Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou Ballet Company, and Nobu Khan Malaysian Butoh Dance Festival, as well as by video artists such as Fang Lu, Tao Hui, and Serge Onnen. He has collaborated live and on record with trombonist Rick Parker, Buddha Machine creators FM3, Dickson Dee, and Sainkho Namtchylak among many others.

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Often pitting the long sustained tones of the bagpipes and amplified violin against small gestures, silence and outright noise, their approach to improvisation emphasizes the scale, duration, and position of sounds in space. The interaction of tunings mathematically and intuitively derived.

Che Chen is a musician and sound artist based in Brooklyn and Stony Brook, New York. For the most part a self-taught musician, Chen uses the guitar, violin, tape recorders and other musical and "non-musical" objects as means to explore improvisation, folk forms, tuning and perceptual phenomena. Since 2012 Chen has been most active playing guitar in the band 75 Dollar Bill. While principally a duo with percussionist, Rick Brown, 75 Dollar Bills modal, polyrhythmic music often manifests itself in expanded lineups varying in size from small ensemble to 25-piece marching band.

David Watson is an experimental musician, usually working with guitar or highland bagpipe. Originally from New Zealand, in the early 80s he was active there as a performer, organizer  and a co-founder of the improv label, Braille Records. He began performing and composing for highland bagpipes in 1993, launching a vibrant new era in his career. While developing an experimental approach for bagpipes setting saw projects with vocalists Shelley Hirsch and Makigami Koichi (Throats), and The Afternoon Saints, a group project with Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay and G√ľnter Muller. He has had several commissions to write experimental pieces for traditional pipe-bands.

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Bridget Donahue (View)
99 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
United States

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