Workshop with Chinese singer/songwriter Su Zixu

  • Date:
  • Time: 18:00 to 20:30
  • Venue: Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, The University of Leeds, 12 Cavendish Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT
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Take part in a cross-cultural musical collaboration with Chinese musician Su Zixu, who has appeared on China’s ‘Sing My Song’ TV show.

Register via Eventbrite.

Musician Su Zixu is currently touring the UK performing, recording, and filming a documentary about the experience. This is an exciting opportunity for local musicians and music students to collaborate with a current Chinese musician and get a real sense of the what it’s like trying to make it in the music scene in China.

Participants will work together to create a five-minute performance. In order to achieve this in just two hours, you will be led through warm up activities and a discussion, before collaborating to compose and choreograph a finale performance to follow Su Zixu’s latest single “Running Into The Night” (this will be sent to those involved the day before the workshop).

This workshop is suitable for anyone with musical talents or a special interest in the musical creative process. Your instrument can be anything that makes a sound – including your voice, or even a stone and a stick! For the purposes of this activity, anything that produces a sound at the will of the performer can be classed as a musical instrument.

At the end of the event there will be time for a Q&A with Su Zixu and networking with other attendees.

Free, but places are limited and registration is essential. Register via Eventbrite.

Watch Su Zixu’s first appearance on Chinese TV here.

Workshop facilitators:

  • Su Zixu – Beijing based singer / songwriter
  • Daniel Rothwell – Su Zixu’s bandmate and Drama / Music teacher
  • Dr Scott Mc Laughlin,  Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology at the University of Leeds

Event Agenda:

  • 18:00 – Registration opens
  • 18:30 – Workshop begins
  • 20:00 – Q&A and networking
  • 20:30 – Workshop finishes

What to bring:

A bottle of water, comfortable clothing, instrument(s), and an open mind!

About Su Zixu:

Born in Bayannur, Su grew up in a small town in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, China. Starting at the age of eight, Su trained in traditional Chinese martial arts for five hours every day in addition to regular schooling. After six years of this, he dropped out of school to pursue a music career. He moved to Beijing to make his living as a singer and guitarist, playing any gig he could get, crashing on friend’s couches and at recording studios. Then, in 2015 he made his first televised appearance as a contestant on the second season of Sing My Song, a Chinese music competition television programme. This paved the way for his first album and nationwide tour.

Visit Su Zixu’s official Facebook page.

Please note by registering for this event you are giving your consent and permission to Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds to use, store, edit or publish any photograph or video both internally and externally for the purposes of promoting the University and the student experience more generally, in any manner or format without restriction. Su Zixu’s team will also be collecting footage for their documentary film.