duYun

duYun

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativeEDM

--Introducing the idea of “Electronic Cabaret” -- Propelled by the kernel of genere-defying, duYun's approach to music, regardless of its formation, has always aimed to be ultimately visceral, to evoke a sense of corporeality distilled from a stripped-down spirituality.

Biography

duYun is a performing name of the composer Du Yun. She introduces the idea of “Electronic Cabaret,” which is a set of continuous flow of written songs, interspersed with a set of narration texts, with the soundscape ranging from free improvisations, ambient, noise, electronica, to turntablism.

Hailed from Shanghai, China, Du Yun has been described as “electrifying… an attractive score … “ “cutting-edge…to whom the term ‘young composer’ and ‘the pianist’ can hardly do justice ” (by New York Times), “ineffably quaking… stirs a scene” (by La Presse, Montréal); “…a work loaded with subtle lament, spanning from chaotic sonorous atmosphere to structured improvisation…” (by Cervantino, Mexico), “...reconciles savageness and quietness ..." (by Volkeskrant, Amsterdam), "...the strongest impression made yet, a political statement against oppression and violence" (by De Rode Leeuw, Amsterdam), … reinvents herself daily, and so does her music… combined with a fiercely disciplined technique… doesn’t feel the need to tame her wild side in the process” (Time-Out NYC) and “…one senses the exceptional ear, exploration and the results are impeccably powerful” (by Le Devoir, Montréal). Her music have been spotlighted on China’s National Radio Station, Radio-Shanghai, Radio-Canada, Radio Canada Internationale (RCI), Espace Musique 100.7 FM, FBi 94.5 (Australia), Canal 22 (Mexico), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Ultima Contemporary Music Festival (Oslo), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico) Art of the States (www.artofthestates.org), SinoVision (US), WFMT, WCKR, Radio Suomi (Finland) and l’Union Européene de Radio-Télévision.


Her eponymous band duYun has played across experimental venues across New York, (MonkeyTown, Stone, Galapogos, Issue Project Room and etc); and has been invited to international festival in Shanghai, Beijing, Mexico, Finland; and most recently to the 2009 Canadian Music Week at Toronto, Canada.

Her classical compositions can be heard on labels such as Wugui (Beijing), Shanghai Classical Music, ATMA Classique, and New Focus.

Lyrics

Shark in You

Written By: duYun

(This is the shark in you
This is the shark in you)

Hang me out on a dry
Give me a wrinkle or two
Erase me, empty me,
Delete the brush brush brush

It was not a good day
It’s been stamped out, tossed away,
Burning burning blazing (zing zing zing)

Your birth your day
Would have touched a mark
But left the scar
Somebody else was dubbed
Time staggered

I’m against all we’s
I’m against the time
Animals in the wild
There comes the flame

This is the shark in you
I see the shark in you
The trees grow on myself
The shark grows out on you
The skin dipped in the lake
and to me

Hang me out on a dry
Give me a wrinkle or two
Erase me, empty me,
Delete the brush brush brush

I’m against all we’s
I’m against the time
Amnesty to the Ash

This is the shark in you
I see the shark in you
The trees grow on myself
The shark grows out on you

Life ain't Pretty

Written By: Liz Adam Duffy

Life isn't pretty
for a gin Jane on the lam
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be biscuits and jam

Life isn't pretty
for a jinx minx with a jones
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be whispers and moans

Life isn't pretty
for a sweet meat past her date
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be half of the gate

The bed creaked, the fan blew hot air across my sweat-slicked back, and he said: "that's how it works, honey."
The tram clanged, some guy leered. I put my head down, and walked away.

Life isn't pretty
for a sweet meat past her date
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be half of the gate

Life isn't pretty
for a gin Jane on the lam
Ain't it a pity
Life oughta be biscuits and jam

Life isn't pretty
for a tough cookie who crumbles
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be tickles and tumbles

His neck smell like salt, smoke, and hay --- No good reason, he was a city guy

Life isn't pretty
for a tough cookie who crumbles
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be tickles and tumbles

Life isn't pretty
for a gold heart out of gleam
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be cupcakes and cream

Life isn't pretty
for a gold heart out of gleam
ain't it a pity
Life oughta be cupcakes and cream

I put his cheap plastic comb through my hair and said: " Okay Joe." The hinge squealed as I shut the door behind me.

Panacea

Written By: duYun

The water quivers hollow
The bongo mallets follow
The plow-sockets howling
Eighteen levels down,
Bashing

Time pressed on a washboard
Rainbow creases fold
A throaty minuet told
A dry land, pistol hold

Drink vodka false
Eat bullets, pause
Drowning gravity loss
A dream panacea, maudlin

The water quivers hollow
The bongo mallets follow
The plow-sockets howling
Eighteen levels down,
Bashing

Time pressed on a washboard
Rainbow creases fold
A throaty minuet told
A dry land, pistol hold

[我已多情, 更撞著, 多情底你,
把一心,十分向你。
尽他们,劣心肠,偏有你,
共你。
风了人,只为个你。宿世冤家,百忙里,方知你。
没前程,阿谁似你。
坏却才名,到如今,都因你。
是你。
我也没(也没 ) 星儿 (星儿星儿星儿)恨 你。]

Carry on
Win me another round
Nothing to loose
A taunted fool

Carry on
Win me another round
Nothing to loose
A taunted bruise

(X2)

We are all victims
Of this glorious war

Try it harder
Run it faster
Taste it slower

Try it harder
Run it faster
Taste it slower

We are all victims
Of this glorious war

the Gray

Written By: duYun


Chasing on the coaster
You can’t set the timer
Crashing on the boarder
Maladroit

Tracking down the hasten
You may seize the moment
Everything turns up fine

年年岁岁黑色褪去灰色的眉
那些荒凉轨迹浮出
海却不满 还要往下注满
对自己的承诺

into blossom eyes

不过是寻常
不过是太烦
翻来覆去的头痛

不痛不痒地
顺理成章地
翻出来一个意外

不过是错了一些事
不是我输
不过是再不想继续
不是他
不过是贪了一些心
不是痴恋

you don’t stay I run away
Wasted

不过不是他
不过不是我
不过不是他

不过不是他
不过不是 我

Chasing on the coaster
You can’t set the timer
Crashing on the boarder
Maladroit

海却不满 还要往下注满
对自己的承诺

Discography

Upcoming LP with Tag Team Records (USA/China)
New Focus (USA)
KouDai (Beijing)
ATMA Classique (Canada)
Last.fm
ArtoftheStates.org

Set List

45 minute to one hour

Line-Up:

1. dream-bend

1.b. [ Interludes ]

2. the Gray

2.b [ Interludes ]

3. Stay

3.b [ Interludes ]

4. i-Goh-doh

4.b [ Interludes ]

5. Shark in You

5.b [ Interludes ]

6. Life ain't Pretty

6.b [ Interludes ]

7. Panacea

7.b [ Interludes ]

8. issi-pit-patt

9. Outtro