7月5日；5 pm / 8 pm（两场，各限定30名观众）；每场 40 元
“I am Sitting in a Room”
早年主持独立厂牌第二层皮唱片（2pi Records）。自2003年-2007年，每年策划和主持先锋音乐节“第二层皮音乐节(2pi festival)”，开创以“家庭暴力”为名的家庭、作坊类系列演出活动。2011年，和VAVABOND共同创办以推广中国即兴音乐为主的新厂牌C.F.I Records。
位于北京市中心，时差空间融合创作与生活方式，包括咖啡、酒、饮品 & 轻食, 定期举办各类社交、创意、美食、文化活动,以及私人 派对、独立展览、定制创造力工作坊和课程(儿童及成人)。在时差空间里，不同文化所带来的创作、 生活、消费以创意形态结合在一起，成为那些有好玩、有趣，视野开阔人群的生活空间。
July 5th; 5 pm / 8 pm (two sets, 30 seats per set); rmb 40 for each set
Meridian Space (C&C Park, 77 Meishuguan Houjie, Dongcheng, Beijing)
music for a rectangular space: Composed by Yan Yulong. Performed by John Willton, Li Jianhong, Liu Xinyu, Sheng Jie, and Yan Jun.
The rectangle is a classic shape for a concert hall. A space constructed in that way is convenient to the artist, the public, the government, but it’s also accoustically suitable. It is purely functional, man-made, and designed to be of some use to the service industry, the administration, and so forth.
What if we looked at it from another angle, and started considering space as the recipient of a performance — or at least, as the reason of that performance? After all, we humans are born idolisers, so why couldn’t musicians and their public make a place of worship out of that rectangular space in which their performance is about to occur?
We found such a “shrine” near the National Art Museum, at Meridian Space, where a certain rectangular room is suspended in mid-air. It isn’t very big, and can only contain about thirty people; but as sound enters the room, reverberation causes everything to be amplified unexpectedly. The experience of unfamiliar spaces may create this kind of fleeting illusions.
This is a new concert room — despite the fact that it wasn’t designed as one. So let’s perform for it, perhaps in the hope of convincing it to play this role! However, “Music for a Rectangular Space” is no ordinary religious hymn: the “spirit” we worship here always answers all questions we may ask; its walls cannot ignore our requests. Indeed, the music we play for it can only be played together with it. It makes sense from the point of view of logic, and can be justified as the starting point of a performance: for this space is a spirit as well as a shrine, and we performers are simply attempting to explore what it may yield…
Clear-mindedness preceeds all of its opposite states. In other words, spirit and shrine are one, come into being together, and contain — even transform — each other. “I Am Sitting in a Room.” What a solemn occasion this is!
John Wilton. A percussionist, Wilton is an active member of the new improvised music scene of Australia. He is particularly involved in the making of conceptual and experimental music.
Li Jianhong. Li Jianhong is a Chinese free improv guitarist and a leading figure in mainland China’s free improvisation music scene. Since 2008, he began to explore new directions under the name of “environment improvisation” in the co-relationships between environment and performing. He is also one of the best noisers in China, and has released more than thirty solo and group albums on labels such as PSF, Utech, Post-Concrete, Archive, Sub Rosa or 2pi.
Liu Xinyu. Born in 1990 in Beijing. He is one of the busiest musicians in town. Alongside of his no-input mixer feedback and other electronics improvisation, he’s also playing in a rock band and a neo-psychedelic duo.
Sheng Jie (aka GOGOJ). A violin player and dry electronics noise manipulator, she is also a video artist and the founder of Shan Studio for media art and related activities.
Yan Jun. An improvised music performer who makes extensive use of noise feedback. In his works, he pays special attention to the relation between man and his environment, to encourage active listening. He often tours in various countries of the world and participates in music festivals and exhibitions.
The miji series started in 2011. After organizing more than 300 events, the Sub Jam label has been focusing its energies on a clearly-defined direction: that of sound and listening. At the Miji concerts, artists are welcome to engage in cold improvisation, radical performance, and absolute noise.
about meridian space
Located within the brand-new C&C arts and culture park, in the heart of Beijing, Meridian Space is a blend of creative spirit and lifestyle experience.
It includes a coffeehouse and a bar, as well as an events venue designed for a variety of activities—arts and culture events, professional networking, but also private parties, exhibitions, and customised language, culture and creativity workshops for children and adults.