Archive for July 13th, 2009

Rocking out with Yann in Beijing


Although we didn’t go see Jackie Chan and Friends rock out at the Bird’s Nest, we did head to one of Beijing’s smaller venues to check out a concert. I surprised Steph with tickets to see French musician Yann Tiersen, best known for composing the soundtrack for Amélie, at Yugong Yishan, a small club where a mix of Chinese DJs and European rockers come through on tour.

We weren’t really sure what to expect from Tiersen live. His Amélie composition is exquisite but its soft-spoken melodies might not translate well to a live performance. Fortunately, Tiersen has far more than just melodious songs for imaginative French girls up his sleeve. Tiersen put on an extremely animated performance, alternating between manically shredding his bow on his violin and singing softly into the mic while playing toy piano.

The audience seemed to be a good mix of expats and natives. A group of French girls swayed next to us in the middle of the floor while the perimeter was lined with Chinese couples snuggling and sipping pijiu. The crowd coaxed Tiersen and crew back onto stage for a nice encore and after a few more songs he bid us adieu.


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