两个城市超过100个活动，从本土到国际知名的表演艺术家和粉丝们热情的支持，究竟是什么是第六届觉 | 音乐 + 艺术节如此充满活力？ 感谢大家对觉音乐艺术节和本土社区团体的帮助与支持。觉音乐艺术节作为一个平台，是一个把许多错综复杂的独立项目联系在一起的机会使其变得更为重要。觉不单单是一个在我们身边的活动，觉就是我们，一个让我们彼此了解的机会。
我们请到了英国的说唱教父Blak Twang, 来自新加坡的MONSTER CAT，后摇强团And So I Watch You from Afar, 来自美国洛杉矶的 双人电子乐队Baths 和中国武汉的花轮乐队 来表现不同的音乐风格。
表演着是音速青年（Sonic Youth)的创立人Lee Ranaldo和他的妻子Leah Singer. 视而不见是一个多媒体表演，是现场音乐，表演，电影的相结合。 他们的表演是图像与声音融合的展现以及无数可能性的汇聚。
觉音乐艺术节的最后一天，“觉暖”创意市集在北京的face bar举行，face bar是一家精品酒店，餐馆和酒吧。在这么一个春意盎然的日子，这有很多创意摊位售卖自己做的非常棒的东西，包括复古服饰，唱片，手工艺品和很多美食。现场的音乐更为这愉悦的一天增添了色彩。
最后要向所有的媒体朋友，撰稿人，采访人，和所有在微博上帮助宣传的人员。还有LeTV等主要的节目平台。 感谢后来加入的供应商以及第三方合作伙伴LOVE BANG 和 Electric East.
Two cities, over 100 events, a swathe of artists from the local to the internationally renowned, amazing support from fans, and a single question: where did the energy come from? Thanks for helping spread the word and supporting your local creative communities. JUE | Music + Art is a platform: an opportunity for many projects to come together to form a collective that’s more significant than their intricate individual parts. JUE isn’t a thing that exists outside ourselves, it is us, it’s knowing each other.
Let’s take a look at a few memorable moments from JUE | Music + Art 2014:
Performances from the likes of UK rapper Blak Twang, Singapore’s MONSTER CAT, And So I Watch You from Afar, L.A. electro-pop act Baths, and Chinese Wuhan stalwarts Hua Lun, ensured that there was a live show for everyone’s tastes.
A JUE favourite was Sight/Unseen, which saw its China debut in Shanghai and Beijing. Presented by founding member of Sonic youth Lee Ranaldo and his wife Leah Singer, Sight/Unseen was a multimedia performance work that brought together live music, performance, and film in a single setting. Their performances were explorations in how sound and image interact, with elements of chance embraced.
JUE partnered with SURGE Art – a platform for young and emerging artists to display their concepts and artwork to the world. SURGE prides itself on providing art lovers an affordable option to purchase art. An auction was held at the launch party and all proceeds went toward The Library Project charity, raising an astounding 6400RMB.
In Shanghai JUE partnered with the Western International School of Shanghai to host a live graffiti performance by Pop art-inspired street artist Jo Di Bona. Local and international students and art fans alike participated in a fun-packed day of arts, enjoying live music from Shanghai Folk United on the side.
Pollution/environmental concerns and finding ways to live more responsibly are top of the mind for all who live in Beijing and Shanghai. Liu Yusi – a musician and advocate for sustainable lifestyles – hosted a Green Biking Talk + Concert, spreading positive “green” messages through his talk and artistic activities.
**UPDATE Liu Yusi contributed 470RMB from his mini-bike tour in south China, which will go towards The Library Project. Many thanks for his efforts!
JUE | Music + Art culminated in the Warm-up to Spring creative market, held at FACE Beijing. On a gorgeous spring day, a host of creatives set up shop for six hours selling home made treats, vintage clothing, records, hand made crafts, and great gourmet food. Live music from the Hutong Yellow Weasels and friends set the atmosphere for a fun-filled day.
JUE’s Asia Cinema Week returned for a second year to provide viewers in Shanghai and Beijing a chance to watch some of Asia’s most celebrated independent films. The opening event kicked off with Yangon Calling – Punk In Myanmar, a film that follows the lives of discontented youths, and aspirational figures from some of Myanmar’s best-known punk bands, including Side Effect and CultureShock.
Jesse Brand, winner of the 2013 Australian Slam Poetry Championship, took on the literary genre with a fresh style that even featured rapping alongside self-produced tracks. At his performances, Brand explored the state of contemporary dystopia through the perspectives of those individuals at its centre.
Throughout the events across Shanghai and Beijing, participants were encouraged to make charitable donations to The Library Project. The festival’s goal was to raise enough to build a library for underprivileged schoolchildren in the Hebei countryside. JUE | Music + Art and The Library Project believe that education is the key motivator to breaking the cycle of poverty that exists in the developing world. A total of 17,773RMB was raised through the community’s collective efforts.
JUE isn’t a commercial affair – you’ll notice that unlike pretty much every other music event that’s taken place over the last two years, there was little commercial brand presence. But having said this, the festival is totally dependent on the help of other local businesses and press who provide us with venues, coverage, and sometimes even free booze (wheeey).
This final thanks goes out to all the media pals who wrote up articles, interviews, and the occasional Weibo post to help push our shows. Supporters over at some of the key channels we depend on to get cool content out such as LeTV also deserve a thumbs-up and a standing ovation. Thanks to the vendors who were affected by the market postponement but were still willing to get involved later. Thanks to the third parties including LOVE BANG and Electric East who helped bring over some awesome acts.
Big-up the 大家.