Tuesday, November 7
From France to Brazil and beyond. World class jazz in a world class venue, with special Guests Cyrille Aimée and Romero Lubambo joining the Christian Sands Trio. Cyrille Aimée has been noted by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation”. Romero Lubambo is a “guitar magician” according to NPR, “with an unmistakable blend of jazz, Brazilian music and perfection.” Please note: SmartTicket is handling the entry tickets for the event. There is also a 100rmb food and / or beverage consumption charged per guest upon arrival. Tickets available here.
Wednesday, November 8
A triple bill of great indie music at YYT. Sean Nicholas Savage is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, who is an influential member of the Arbutus Records and Canadian indie music scene. He has been described by Emilie Friedlander in an article for the Fader as “a singer-songwriter, madcap philosopher, and all-around scene-pillar in the particular freak-flag-flying sector of the Canadian music community surrounding folks like Grimes, Mac DeMarco, TOPS and the Doldrums. Molly Nilsson is a Swedish singer and producer, currently based in Berlin, Germany. With her one-woman-show, this escaped Swede brings her nostalgic pop, on a journey through life and death. Polish-born and Berlin-based musician, Better Person (the moniker of musician Adam Byczkowski) creates music that has been described as: "Mopey but also kind of groovy—the kind of song you might shuffle around to with your head hanging low as the dance floor lights flicker on at the end of the night." Tickets available here.
Thursday, November 9
Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical hit with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success, and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock 'n' roll group The Four Seasons, the musical is structured as four "seasons", each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music. The musical ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2017, and since its debut has seen two North American national tours and productions in London's West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere. Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Don’t miss the Shanghai debut of this smash hit from Broadway. Tickets available here.
Vienna electronic music duo HVOB make their China debut. The two musicians behind HVOB are Anna Müller and Paul Wallner. Anna Müller composes, produces and also provides the captivating, hypnotic vocals. Final production of the tracks is done in collaboration with Paul Wallner in his Vienna studio. Together they are responsible for creating the unique sound of HVOB. The interdisciplinary music– prompting an invitation to perform a Boiler Room set, touted by American Thump magazine as a contender for an "Album of the Year" award – is a perennial headliner on influential blogs and media such as XLR8R, Resident Advisor, i-D and ARTE. Boundary-pushing live electronica on stage in Shanghai. Tickets available here.
Friday, November 10
Fagin’s Twist is an exciting production by choreographer Tony Adigun, produced by The Place. The narrative takes Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist as its starting point, but tells the story of Fagin and Bill Sykes’ childhood, imagining how it may have resembled Oliver’s. Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious, complex and perhaps misunderstood villain. It imagines the story of Fagin's youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. The streets are a place of little comfort and no easy redemption, and there is no fairy tale ending. Hailed as a triumph by The Guardian, The Times, and Evening Standard, don’t miss your chance to see Dickens’ classic in a shadowy new light. Tickets available here.
One of the world’s most acclaimed puppet troupes, Salzburg Marionette Theatre, presents the children’s classic on stage in Shanghai for five Chinese-language performances. The Little Prince is a famous fairytale from French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, published in 1943. It is a story not only for children but also adults, about the legendary life of the little prince from another planet, and the controversy with the beautiful Rose that led him to start his journey. This tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss is brought to life by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre in a poetic and magnificent way, with fantastic stage design by Raimund Orfeo Voigt. Suitable for kids aged 5 and up. Tickets available right here.
GTA (acronym of "Good Times Ahead") are an electronic music duo from Miami dealing in house, electro house, trap music, and hip hop. After releasing music with the support of Laidback Luke in 2011, the duo caught the attention of Diplo, who featured them on his 2012 "Express Yourself" which was written by their cousin Joel Santillan. "Intoxicated" with Martin Solveig peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, and also charted in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland and Switzerland. It became Beatport’s top selling house track of the year. Big night of Miami trap at M2. Tickets available here.
Nic and Bossi’s behind-decks-brotherhood has now created floor fission at an uncountable number of countries. They’ve sold out arenas, conquered electronic music capitals, spun at a litany of major festivals and 10 years into their career became the highest climbers on DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. Driven by their critically applauded albums, club-busting singles (incl. ‘Not Enough Time’, ‘Body of Conflict’, 'The Theme', 'So Get Up', and ‘Falling Back’) and scene-defining classics ‘Be Your Sound’, ‘Fire Wire’ and ‘Exploration of Space’, their place in electronic music’s hall of fame has long since been locked. The duo are bringing their electronic music odyssey to Linx in Shanghai for one night only. Tickets available here.
For well over a decade, Amsterdam’s famed Patta has been serving as a creative platform for international and Dutch streetwear culture. Having long collaborated with the likes of Stussy, Carhartt to Nike and Vans, Patta’s founders initially got into the streetwear in the early 2000s via their mutual love for hip hop. With music always engrained in the brand, Patta Soundsystem is a reflection of their lifestyle via DJs and MC’s. Smashing parties from London to to New York alongside cohorts like Benji B, Oneman to Know Wave, the Shanghai’s showcase will headline DJ Abstract, Mairo Nawaz and MC Lentini, widely considered some of Amsterdam’s rawest talents spinning sets of throwback hip hop to afro house. Nice one. Tickets available here
Saturday, November 11
Finish epic folk metal band Wintersun makes their China debut behind their latest opus The Forest Seasons. Their most epic offering since founding back in 2004, the record showcases the band’s unique and powerfully dramatic take on the genre, and has served as the springboard for them to tour their singular brand of romantic folk metal around the world. Driving guitars, pounding drums and massive choruses — one not to be missed for metalheads. Tickets available here.
"The dance equivalent of a red-carpet event," says The Guardian. Rising is the first production of Aakash Odedra Company. An astonishing hit, it is an evening of work performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal language. The production has won Aakash numerous awards and nominations including a Danza e Danza Award (Italy), Dance Week Performnace Award (Croatia), Infant Festival Audience Award (Serbia), Best Male Dancer Dora Award (Canada) and nominated for the New York Bessie Award for Best Male performer. An unmissable Shanghai staging for fans of contemporary dance. Tickets available right here.
Based on Mel Brooks’ much loved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards. The story follows two Broadway producers as they execute a most unique plan: to sell 25,000 percent of a new show, have it fail miserably, and quietly collect the money after the show closes. To ensure their success, they hire the worst of the worst to mount Springtime for Hitler, a "gay romp with Adolph and Eva at Berchtesgaden." The perfect scheme ends in disaster as Springtime for Hitler becomes the last thing anyone expected it to be: a hit! Tickets available here.
Cirque Du Soleil, known for its vibrant costumes, set design, and talented acrobats, presents Kooza. Since it’s debut in 2007, Kooza has toured in 18 countries and received praise from publications such as The New York Times and The Independent. It’s a show that returns to circus origins, mixing acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. As always, Cirque Du Soleil grounds the performance in a narrative, this one’s about exploring fear, identity, and power. Kooza invites you to step into a world of surprises, thrills, and electrifying performances. Tickets available here.
Looking Forward to...
Born at Google in 2007, the SIYLI's programs became the most highly rated and popular among Google employees. This leadership program spread to Ford, SAP, LinkedIn, American Express, Roche and other corporations in subsequent years, and is now available in Shanghai. This year, the institute's CEO, Rich Fernandez will be leading the two-day workshop for executive leaders, sharing the same tools and training that executives at hyper-growth companies have been receiving since the institute's inception. Tickets available here.