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Chen Yi


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There are two artists named Chen Yi:
1. a Chinese composer
2. Chen Yi was a commune founded in 1978 by about 20 women & men from London & the surrounding area. The sound of Chen Yi is rough & brutal. Electronic music, sound-collages that remind of Throbbing Gristle or (early) SPK as well as electro-pop tracks in the vein of early Cabaret Voltaire, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads.

1. Chen Yi (陈怡; b. Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 4 April 1953), a distinguished Chinese composer of East-West fusion classical music and also a violinist, became the first Chinese woman to receive a Master of Arts (M.A.) in music composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Chen grew up in Guangzhou, China, into a talented family. Her parents were doctors and musicians; her mother played the piano, and her father the violin. Her older sister was a child prodigy, and even today her older sister and younger brother work as professional musicians in China.

Chen began studying piano at age three, studying Western composers such as Bach and Mozart. Once the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, Western influences were severely shunned and the arts were attacked. For ten years, education came to a halt and people were relocated to work in large communes in countryside.

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