The upcoming NOTCH festival in China fuses the best of cutting edge Nordic audiovisual culture with China’s emerging cross-art scene.
Early October marks the start of the NOTCH Festival which fuses cutting edge Nordic audiovisual culture with China’s emerging local scene, triggering the experiment of “contemporizing the future” or “de-futurization”. The title of NOTCH 08 is “Comma Coma”, i.e. “non-stop coma”, reflecting the overwhelming state in a year of natural disasters, stock market crisis and price increases of oil and food. How will we cope with it? Many people have no idea. NOTCH 08 presents the vision that we should start reducing our consumption to lessen the burden to the earth.
30 artists with different expressions are selected as “prophets” of NOTCH’s philosophy, and they will play in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The music spans across Free Jazz, Improvisation, Electro-acoustic, Psychedelic Folk, Sound Art, Avant-progressive Rock, Indie Pop and Ambient/Minimal Techno.
The NOTCH 08 lineup:
Nils Petter Molvær (N) Top trumpeter from Norway, live lineup with the great guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronic master Jan Bang
Shining (N) Free jazz clashed into black metal, an exciting mix!
Lost in Hildurness (IS) Hildur Godnadottir’s Cello solo project (Godnadottir recently joined the band Mum)
Kemialliset Ystävät (FI) Psychedelic Folk, leading group from the label Fonal
Tape (SE) Seamless blending of acoustic and electronics, mind purifying!
Anders Ilar (SE) The incontested electronic guru
BJ Nilsen (SE) A soundscape of the elegiac grandeur of nature
Efterklang (DK) Fairytale epic, reverb from Copenhagen
Diskjokke (N) Holiday electronica disc jockey
Li Tieqiao: composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist
Sulumi: mastermind behind shanshui records and chiptune nanoloop
Dead J: Representing the new generation of electronica in China
The Wedding Beast: a new rising experimental force, from post rock to analogue/digital acoustic free flow
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