Chi2

Chi2

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"Double violin assault specialists (Singapore method)" CHi2 are a dynamic fusion of Eastern-tinged melodic banter on electric and Chinese violins (jinghu and erhu) combined with lashings of effects, angelic vocals, harsh electronic beats and raw Chinese percussion.

Biography

A dynamic fusion of acoustic, Chinese and electric violins and electronics, C H I 2 perform their inimitable Eastern-tinged contemporary electro-acoustic style to stunning effect. Dubbed as “double violin assault specialists” (South China Morning Post) C H I 2 are Chinese Brit-born violinists Liz and Sarah Liew of Singaporean descent.

Their music is a melting pot of style and influences and improvisations with a plethora of weird noises and the odd sprinkling of live effects, coupled with keyboard wizardry and angelic vocals. Their music is harsh and pulsating one minute and lyrical and beautiful the next, interspersed with textural fragments and snippets of musical conversation, as they communicate in their sisterly language. Combined with specially commissioned visuals, they present a visual and aural feast.

With their solid technical grounding and improvisational abilities they have become a much in-demand session duo, and they have toured with Moby (‘18’ and ‘Play’ world tours), pop sensation Anastacia (Europe/ UK), electronic duo Lamb (Europe/UK) and have played/recorded with diverse artists such as Gnarls Barkley, Boy George, The Orb/KLF project, Nelly Furtado, Goldfrapp, Lamb, Barry Adamson, Uriah Heep to name a few.

Despite their pop tendencies they are classically trained violinists and pianists - Liz studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University and Sarah at Purcell School of Music, Middlesex University and Academy of Traditional Chinese Opera in Beijing. Sarah comments, “I’m glad we’ve done all that hardcore classical training as it’s given us a firm foundation from which to create and build our own music.”

So what have C H I 2 been up to? Liz responds, “We’ve just returned from performing a headline gig at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto Canada and we’ve recently toured in Asia - Singapore, Thailand, Shanghai, Taipei, Kaoshiung and Macau - which was fantastic and we hope to play there again! We’ve also co-written a track on the last Lamb album, wrote music for a Channel 4 documentary, BBC1 News, BBC Radio 4 documentary, short British-Chinese film Sauce and contributed a track on the Art of Noise tribute album. We’re currently working on an exciting multi-media electronic Beijing Opera production based on the classic Chinese tale of Monkey King…watch this space for more details!”

Discography

The Abduction of The Art of Noise - various artists, featuring Chi2's 'Eye of the Noodle' - (Iris Light Records) released May 2004
CHi2 EP1 - released Sep 2004
CHi2 MONKEY KING - to be released in 2008

Set List

We usually play for an hour (see example below) but we can do shorter sets (e.g. 10 min, 20 min, 30 and 45 mins)

1 HYPER ANGELS 4.10
2 DIFUSION 3.27
3 BATTLE 3 3.45
4 EYE OF THE NOODLE 5.28
5 VOYAGE WEST 2.51
6 AROMATIC 3.06
7 PEACE 5.43
8 SPICE 1.02
9 EL MAR 5.21
10 ADVENTURE 3.50
11 MONSOON PRAYER 3.42
12 COLLIDESCOPE 2.28
13 KUNG FU FLIX 4.52