16 jazz bands from Beijing, Shanghai and other countries like
the United States, Russia and Austria will bring a jazz music
banquet to Beijing audiences starting from May 25.
The second Beijing Ninegates Jazz Week, which was named after
the nine city gates of old Beijing, is part of the Sino-French
Big names like violinist Didier Lockwood from France, drummer
Rony Holan from Israel and veteran jazz pianist Emil Viklicky from
Czech Republic are expected to team up with local jazz musicians
like Liu Yuan and Xia Jia's band and jazz singer Coco from
New rising starlets like Philipp Nykrin from Austria and funk
jazz musician Seligo are also invited to perform at the jazz
Last year's jazz week drew in full houses to the Forbidden City
Concert Hall for three days.
The organizer, Huang Yong announced that this year's jazz week
will last six days at several venues including the Forbidden City
Concert Hall, the Anniversary Hall of Peking University and the
Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.
Some lectures about jazz music are also scheduled.
According to the organizer, the lowest ticket price is only 30
yuan, allowing more students to attend.
(CRI.cn May 11, 2007)