Jamie Woon Heads To China

Residency confirmed
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Jamie Woon is amongst the musicians who have been selected for a residency in China.

Emerging from its self-imposed seclusion, China is becoming to transform itself into a super power. Yet culturally, the region remains as strange and remote from everyday British life as ever.

A partnership between the British Council and PRS for Music Foundation has resulted in four new residencies. Taking place in China, the project aims to explore the area's cultural heritage and build new international relationships.

Whittled down from over forty applicants, the final list contains a disparate array of talent. Jamie Woon has been chosen, fresh from the release of his Burial assisted debut album earlier this year.

The singer has spent the summer on the road, with remixes of singles 'Lady Luck' and 'Night Air' keeping his voice on the soundsystems. Packing his bags for the trip to China, Jamie Woon will be joined by Imogen Heap, Gareth Bonello and Matthew Bourne.

Running between October 2011 and March 2012, the musicians will travel to four cities across China: Hangzhou (East China), Xi'a (North China), Chengdu (South West China) and Xiamen (South China).

Music crafted on the trip will be performed publicly in China and the UK next year. Speaking about the trip, Jamie Woon said: "I’m grateful for the opportunity to live and work on new music in China. Knowing as little as I do about Chinese music, I’m excited about connecting with the ancient city of Xi’an and its current music scene and a mutual exchange of music, new and old. I plan to write new songs and recordings and am open to collaborating with people from the city."

Let's hope it results in performances as striking as this one from Cambodia...



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