June-Aug. 2021 — Music
Residency location: Basel
Partner organization: Musikerwohnhaus
Guitarist, composer, and music producer Li Xing was born in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia in 1987, and started learning guitar at the age of 12. He has drawn the sound languages such as Psychedelic Rock, Prog/Avant Rock, Free Jazz and Sound Art from different environments to form his own musical vocabulary. Enlightened by the relationship between Yin and Yang, his works strive to concern the relationship between the voice and the contemporary Chinese society, while utilizing techniques ranging from noise, environment, sequence, to events and incidents in support of the deliverance. His recent work “String & Wind” escapes from the characteristics of the instrumental music and visualizes a musical surface in logic, geometry, strokes, or law.
Since 2010, he developed intense interests toward the Chinese traditional folk music and national musical instruments. By the end of 2014, Li Xing recorded a more avant-garde improvisation album “X!X!X!“, and formed the Prog/Avant Rock Trio Red Scarf Band the next year. The self-titled album was released by BADHEAD, an alternative brand of Modern Sky at the end of 2015. In May 2018, BADHEAD released Red Scarf’s second album “They Know We Know They’re Lying“. This usage of wild and rough noise aesthetics as well as the broad and dark mode whirlpool balance out the stereo sense of hearing, which in turn proves Li Xing’s profound comprehension and control of the sound, time, space and structure.
In Switzerland, Li Xing plans to implement his personal composition project “Silver Wedge 银櫼”(zero). He will carry out environmental improvisations, field recordings and traditional folk music inspections. He hopes to participate at Zoom-in Festival in Bern Switzerland, and collaborate with Swiss improvisation musicians in performing and recording.