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Cold Fairyland a hot holiday ticket

THE Shanghai-based rock band Cold Fairyland will stage a charity concert for leukemia patients this Sunday at Mao Live House.

The six-member band, which is comprised of three married couples, combines traditional Eastern musical instruments, such as the Chinese lute pipa with Western guitar, drums and keyboard.

Cold Fairyland, which some consider an odd name, was inspired by a novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World," according to the band's founder Lin Di. Their postmodern works are surrealist, metaphysical and commentary on contemporary society.

Founded in 2001, Cold Fairyland has released a number of albums, such as "Flying Over the City" (2001), "Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers" (2003), "Live" (2005) and "Seeds on the Ground" (2007).

It has performed in Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Beijing as well as in Europe.

Most members of Cold Fairyland are graduates of music schools and have professional training. Many people don't understand why they would choose to play rock music instead of more conventional or classical music.

But the band members say by combining rock and elements of traditional and classical Chinese music, they hope to deliver a sound that really appeals to the young generation.

Lin's Finnish husband Seppo M. Lehto, also the band's member, shared her ideas about the music scene in Shanghai.

"I would like to be the leader that brings the local rock music back to our young generation," he said.

But he notes that everyone can pirate foreign rock music in Shanghai, which upsets copyright holders. Some bands unknown overseas become popular because their music has been sold without license in China, he says.


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