WANG LI, Jew’s harp & calabash flute
Wang Li who comes from Tsinghao has made the Jew’s harp his favourite instrument, creating little by little a resounding space of quest and liberty.
It takes you into an interior world which takes everyone back to the echoes of their own childhood, from the inner turmoil and the whirligig of life to silence. Here there is nothing but breaths and vibrations, memories and visions. His imaginary world is filled with a resonance which is both personal and universal at the same time.
New York Times, (01/10/12) "Wang Li, a Chinese musician based in Paris, performed solo, finding a futuristic sound in humble instruments. He played jew’s-harps, twangy little instruments that were closely miked and enriched by reverb so that every touch and resonance was audible in detail. His pieces were fascinating, introspective perpetual-motion meditations. The rhythms of sharply pinging, clicking notes sometimes suggested electronic dance music; ghostly overtone melodies sighed up above. It was deeply solitary music, quietly spellbinding."
NPR's All Songs Considered (01/04/12) "…And there's perhaps the most sublime and experimental artist in this year's lineup, Chinese-born, Paris-based jaw harp master Wang Li, who uses both traditional and avant-garde techniques and improvisation to create a surprising sonic palette".
The Wild Magazine (01/16/12) "Wang Li was my takeaway artist of the night, whose mesmerizing howls continue to haunt me. Wang plays the Jew’s Harp and the Sheng, while using circular breathing and throat singing techniques. The result is a dark and dreamy almost acoustic dubstep sound. Wang Li expresses the sounds of an existential lonely wanderer, “Sometimes I ask myself who I am, and what I’m doing here? So, I play". Wang Li is such a virtuoso, a sort-of human Moog synthesizer. Although there is nothing like witnessing the magic in person, check out this performance."
Wang Li Photos by Hai Zhang [JPG]