Shanren

Shanren

 Beijing, Beijing, CHN
BandWorldRock

Forged in the remote and mysterious Yunnan Province of Southern China, Shanren – meaning ‘Mountain People’ - deliver an upbeat and intense fusion of ancient ethnic folk with modern styles. Weaving a fresh new sound, as accessible as it is unique, Shanren spearhead China’s quest for a new musical identity.

Biography

Formed in 2000 in the remote and mysterious Yunnan province of southwest China, the region thought to have inspired the Shangri-la of James Hiltons classic novel Lost Horizon, Shanren, literally mountain men, have become one of Chinas top indie folk bands. With members representing some of the least understood of Chinas 56 ethnic groups, the four-piece aims to promote and preserve the colorful and diverse heritage of Yunnan and Guizhous many ethnic minority tribes through original compositions and re-workings of local folk melodies.

Described by the Guardian in 2014 as A triumph from beginning to end and National Geographic as The closest thing to The Pogues that we have ever heard a Chinese band come, Shanrens live show fuses indigenous music with modern styles, while showcasing a variety of rare traditional instruments such as the Xianzi, Qinqin and Dabiya (four-stringed plucked instruments) and Xianggu and Sun drum (percussion) resulting in an upbeat and intense sound that is natural but completely original.

Shanrens flare on stage and fresh sound have lead to shows all over the World and increasing international recognition.  Their 2013 album (China), Left Foot Dance of the Yi (international)  was nominated for best Rock album at the 2013 MIDI music awards and since release on January 27th by the World Music Network has received rave reviews.  Shanren are staple headliners at Chinas major music festivals and have been featured on a wide range of domestic TV shows reaching an audience in the tens of millions. Wild, eccentric, and charismatic, Shanren are true ambassadors for Chinas ethnic diversity and emerging musical creativity.


International Festivals:

2010 Merce Festival (Barcelona, Spain)

2011- Midem (Cannes, France)

2011- Liverpool Sound City (Liverpool, UK)

2012- Canadian Music Week (Toronto, Canada)

2012 Balispirit Festival (Bali, Indonesia)

2013 Turtle Island Festival (Japan)

2014- Puguche Andes Festival (Ecuador)

 2014 WOMADelaide (Adelaide, Australia)

2014 WOMAD NZ (New Plymouth, New Zealand)

2014 Lanna World Musiq Festival (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

2014 Under The Bridge Festival (Tokyo, Japan)


Lyrics

Thirty Years

Written By: Qu Zihan

LaoQi how've you been recently?
It never rains but it pours!

Thirty Years ago I couldn't find one - today I did.
Today I found a little girl - but she's not mine
Tis a pity! Tis a pity!
That she's not mine!

Thirty Years ago I was looking for a Job - Today I'm looking for a job
Today I found a good job - Bot it's not mine!
Tis a pity! Tis a pity!
That its not mine

Lao San. I'm going to beijing to try my hand in society!!

THirty Years ago I couldn't find one but today I did
Today a found a little girl - and they're all mine
Looking for a job, a good job - they're all mine
Looking for a job, a good job - they're all mine

THirty Years ago I couldn't find one but today I did
Today a found a little girl - and they're all mine
Looking for a job, a good job - they're all mine
Looking for a job, a good job - they're all mine

Left Foot Dance of The Yi People

Written By: Folk song

la li la...lalila

Brother cousin, play the lute..
Sister cousin, song the song
The moon has already risen
And we're waiting to dance...

Discography

Shanren (Album) 2008, 13 Month Record Company, Producer Qu Zihan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJYdMKlzj48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3laLgBXweJM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcg4SfSPYBs

Set List

La suo Mi
Laomudeng Village
Thirty Years
Left Foot Dance of the Yi people
Drinking Song
Song of the Wa
Bilitong
Yi Wa
The Crab
Grasshoppers for Tea