Asia Series Vol.4: China
“Autumn Sounds Night”
Performers: Li Daiguo, Shao Yanpeng (aka SHAO), Meng Wang, Nova Heart
November 3rd — November 4th
Dates11/3 (Fri) 19:00
11/4 (Sat) 17:30

Box office opens 1 hour before. Doors open 30 minutes before.
Running Time120 min. (TBC)
TicketsStanding only
Advance: ¥2,500 / Same Day: ¥3,000 / Students: ¥1,600 / Other tickets available
Minimum of one drink order of ¥700
Early Bird Discount¥1,800
Festival Pass (5 Performances)¥2,000
Festival Pass (3 Performances)¥2,200
Student ID required
High School Students and Under
Student ID or proof of age required

Two nights of music by emerging talent in China today

This event brings together a rare lineup in Japan of leading musicians from China’s millennial generation. Li Daiguo switches freely from traditional instruments like the pipa and erhu to the bass, cello and Jew’s harp. Shao Yanpeng is an electronic musician who creates incredible sensory spaces in partnership with VJ Meng Wang. Nova Heart is an up-and-coming electro-pop band. Ranging from acoustic to electronic and more, the spectrum of sounds is a unique showcase of this generation’s talent.



Tokyo performances
Photo: Hibiki Miyazawa (Alloposidae)
Li Daiguo

Shao Yanpeng (aka SHAO), Meng Wang

Nova Heart

Artist Profiles

Li Daiguo

Born in America in 1981, Li Daiguo now lives in Dali in Yunnan province. He started playing violin at the age of 5 and then gradually began training with a variety of instruments including erhu, pipa, upright bass, and cello. He majored in literature and music at San Diego State University. As a musician, he possesses a unique range encompassing both classical Chinese instruments and Western instruments.

Shao Yanpeng (aka SHAO)

Born in 1981, Shao Yanpeng received Best Electronic Artist at the 2007 Chinese Music Media Awards. He has performed widely in Europe and his work is also featured in theatre and dance. In 2015, he became the first Chinese artist to sign to the German music label Tresor.

Meng Wang

New media artist and founder of Atomic Visual Studio. His collaboration with Shao Yanpeng, “The Shape of Sound,” has appeared at festivals in Germany, Switzerland and Spain. He also works as a multimedia artist in Chinese theatre.

Nova Heart

This three-piece band was formed in Beijing in 2010. Its output of pop and rock tracks mixes elements of electronic music and alternative rock. In 2015, it became the first Chinese band to play at the iconic UK music festival Glastonbury. Its reputation overseas continues to grow and media coverage includes the likes of Rolling Stone and CNN.


Performers:Li Daiguo, Shao Yanpeng (aka SHAO), Meng Wang, Nova Heart
Technical Manager:Eiji Torakawa
Assistant Technical Manager:Chizuru Kouno
Stage Manager:Tetsuya Hiromitsu
Stage Assistant:Shiori Onodera
Publicity Design:Taichi Abe (GOKIGEN)
Photographic and Video Documentation:Takashi Fujikawa, Hibiki Miyazawa
Program Coordinator, Technical Interpreter:Hitomi Oyama
Production Coordinators:Yuko Takeda, Akiko Juman (Festival/Tokyo)
Interns:Nagisa Inoue, Go Hoen, Ayano Kobayashi, Hitomi Nomoto
Front of House:Yukari Goto (TEAM#BISCO)
Special cooperation fromSuperDeluxe
Presented byFestival/Tokyo

Asia Series Vol.4: China

Chinese Millennials

Every year at Festival/Tokyo, the Asia Series showcases an Asian nation’s performing arts and visual art. The fourth edition of the series focuses on China, especially the nation’s millennial generation born between the 1980s and 2000s.

This generation grew up after the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976 and the start of the economic reforms in 1978. Today comprising 30% of the population of China, the millennials are a leading force in consumer trends. The generation has been online ever since it can remember as well as absorbing aspects of pop culture from America, Europe and Japan. It is no longer usual for young people in the big cities to have received education overseas and this kind of experience stimulates many artists to develop a critical stance toward contemporary society in their work, which is nonetheless rooted in their own nation’s history and culture.

Asia Series

Each year the Asia Series chooses one country in the Asian region and showcases examples of its performing arts, music, visual art, and more. Launched in 2014, the inaugural series presented South Korean performing arts, followed by Myanmar at F/T15 and Malaysia at F/T16. The fourth iteration of the series focuses on China. The showcase is curated based on research into the local arts scene, social conditions, history and culture. In this way, it conveys what is shared and differs within contemporary Asia, forming a foundation for sustainable exchange premised on the diversity of language and culture.