RADII presents: china.wav, an exciting new event series highlighting an alternative wavelength of Chinese underground culture you never knew existed. As part of the 2019 ChinaWeek program, RADII presents four live music performances bridging the US/China culture gap through music in distinct, exciting ways. china.wav will take over Silver Lake’s historic El Cid venue on Friday, May 3 with a multifaceted, genre-spanning image of the past, present and future of the Chinese music underground — essential listening for a sampling of the China that gets missed by the mainstream. It’s a crash course in how Western counterculture has influenced divergent forks of grassroots expression in China, and an object lesson in how we might better communicate across cultural lines through the shared language of music.
Internationally acclaimed rapper Bohan Phoenix will bring his bilingual Mandarin/English flow to the stage, coasting on the wave of a successful China tour and the release of his banging new EP, YAODE 要得. He’ll share the spotlight with Faded Ghost, the producer alias of renowned Shanghai-based singer ChaCha Yehaiyahan, fresh off her SXSW debut and a live in-studio session in New York for Red Bull Music’s Peak Time program. The bill gets deeper and more experimental with a set by Kai Luen (a fixture in the mid-2000s Beijing hip hop scene via his beat-making alter ego Soulspeak), who will live-sample performances on trumpet and the Chinese reed instrument sheng by fellow CalArts MFA candidate Sara Sithi-Amnuai. Last but not least, NYC-based rapper and multimedia artist MC Tingbudong will drop his socially conscious Mandarin/English rhymes over experimental trap beats, building on work he began during an artist’s residency in China last year and a SXSW slot alongside Yehaiyahan this past March.
$12 presale, $15 door
Full info: http://radiichina.com/chinawav/