兵马司/Maybe Mars

2011 Xiao He’s “Silly’s Ballad” Musical Artbook Exhibition & Concert

November 17th, 2011  |  Published in Shows, Xiao He

XI’AN

Exhibition: 3th of December, Saturday, 15:00-18:00 free entry
Concert: 3th of December, Saturday, 19:00-21:00 Ticket: 80RMB/60RMB (presell/student)
Venue: 2nd floor of Wanbook Store, Bailong Square, Xiaozhai East Road, Yanta District, Xi’an
Booking and advisory phone: 18681850101 (text “name+number of the tickets” for booking)

★Special Tips: Due to limited space, ticket sales will be limited to one hundred

SHANGHAI

Exhibition: 10th of December, Saturday, 13:00-15:30 free entry
Concert: 10th of December, Saturday, 16:00-18:00 Ticket: 100RMB/80RMB (presell/student)
Venue: LOLO LOVE VINTAGE
Address: No.87 Lane, Wuyuan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai (inside the garden of the first door in lane, close to  Urumchi Road and Changshu Road)
Booking and  advisory phone: 15201830979 

Thanks to designer Spoon.

R.I.P. Shang Yubo (the actor of 90′s MV)

Since Xiao He’s double CD “The Performance Of identity” (2009) was released on Maybe Mars two years ago, he has not worked on any other album. As one of the most important avant-garde artists in China, his astonishing creativity doesn’t change or vanish with the passing of time, instead he becomes more distinctive and interesting. He keeps on playing his solo symphonies and “universal experimental folk”, which has gained him much appreciation and a glowing reputation. Xiao He and his songs have been to dozens of countries . While performing last autumn, he jumped off the stage and broke his feet. This new album, Silly’s Ballad, was created while he was instructed to rest at home by doctors, with his feet set in heavy casts. Xiao He wrote all 12 songs with an acoustic guitar, he even recorded them while in bed and on the couch. The new album overflows with beautiful melodies and classic folk arias.
 
Under this scene, all things seemed return to the original. Like he writes in the album, “While I was recording [the songs], cicadas were tweeting, and sometimes even a plane passed by. I tried to record without any external sounds before by thickening the walls of my studio, but at the same time I was isolating beautiful things outside.” So, when Xiao He returned to write love songs again, he was inspired by diverse colors and sounds. Xiao He is pure, and so is his music. And so is Silly’s Ballad. Besides the self-deprecating title, natural feelings hide in every sentence of the lyrics, reflecting Xiao He’s wisdom and philosophy. The use of narrative poems throughout the album helps Xiao He express his mystical world in sounds and words.
 
More to the point, this folk album will be released in a brand new format: not on CD, not on tape, but as a ‘musical artbook’. It is perhaps a first in the domestic indie music market. It should not just be a quick “that’s cool” moment, because multimedia truly enables Xiao He’s creativity better expression. This artbook contains 12 different pictures of leaves, drawn by Xiao He in Zurich in 2010. Those leaves lay scattered on the mountain road Xiao He walked along every morning to exercise. 12 songs correspond to 12 different leaves. High-end headphone brand 233621 has generously provided specialized custom-made headphones for this ‘album’. Their unique “INC” technology can reduce surrounding noise, enabling a totally different listening experience. Furtermore, this musical artbook also includes three music videos which were commissioned to three up-and-coming and very talented directors:  Yu Liwei, Yang Jin and Zhang Yuedong.
 
Xiao He expressed his wishes for the artbook: “I hope this album will become the glorious road along which a silly person is looking for another silly person.”
 
Silly’s Ballad was out on 24th of September. Each book comes with an mp3 player built in. It will be a limited and exclusive printing of only 1,000 artbooks. Signed copies will be available.

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