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Rock musician Wang Feng

04-26-2010 13:39 BJT


"How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man?" Bob Dylan once asked this in his song Blowin' in the Wind. For Chinese rocker Wang Feng, who views Dylan as his spiritual mentor, the answer is many. His 15-year journey has taken him from garage band No. 43 in Baojiajie Street, to Beijing's Capital Gymnasium, where he's just staged an impressive solo concert.

On today's the List, we introduce you to Wang Feng and the distance he's gone to become a rocker.

Saturday night's "Belief 2010" concert mixes classical music with live rock, thanks to the Orchestra of the National Ballet of China. It's first for Chinese rock. And for outstanding moves, Wang Feng has brought in leading Japanese professionals to help with choreography.

Wang Feng said, "I have for a long time been dedicated to bringing rock and roll, the uncompromising and the original, to Chinese public to hear and understand, and to eventually become a voice they need in their lives. It's more than a dream, it's a 15-year-old fantasy. But now with the changing times, I find it possible to realize this ambition."

The night belonged to Wang Feng alone. The line up featured 26 classic hits, spanning his 15-year career. He touched on issues such as natural disasters, terrorism and environmental protection.

Wang found time to pay tribute to the workers of Wangjialing Accident and the severe drought in Southwest China. To his family, Wang sang "You are My Favorite Girl" and the concert ended with "Good Night, Beijing".

Wang Feng was born into a musical family in Beijing in 1971. He began studying the violin at age 5. He later switched from classical music to rock, which he found better expressed his feelings.

In 1994, Wang started his own rock band, No.43 in Baojiajie Street, named after the address of the Central Conservatory of Music where he majored in violin and viola.

He made his mark in his early albums, such as No. 43 in Baojiajie Street in 1997 and Beijing Bicycle, the soundtrack of the award-winning film of the same name by director Wang Xiaoshuai in 2001. It was his attention to melody and musicality, with a focus on easy-rock sounds.

But years of obscurity and hard times forced him to leave his band and sign with Warner in 2000. He launched a series of successful albums and songs, including Flower in Flame, Love is a Happy Bullet and Crying with Smiles.

Wang rose to fame with tracks such as Flying Higher in 2004, which topped Music Radio's billboard for eight weeks. Blooming Life in 2005 and Belief Flies in the Wind in 2009 also produced several chart-topping singles.

The concert's theme comes from last year's award-winning hit album "Belief Flies in the Wind." During his fifteen-year musical journey, Wang has always stuck to his own beliefs, and encouraged people around him to do the same.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source:

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