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Li Tieqiao

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Li Tieqiao (李铁桥) is a Chinese composer, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist and curator based in Beijing. He is an extended techniques player and an outstanding experimentalist. In his improvisation he bravely experiment in search for a new expression between the boarders of jazz, rock and electronic noise.
Born in the Hunan province in 1973, Li Tieqiao first learned to play the Bamboo Flute as a child, before picking up the Trombone at the age of 17 . It wasn’t until 22 he decided on the Saxophone as his primary tool of expression.

Li Tieqiao have only received very limited musical training and thus his musical techniques, his improvise techniques and use of electronics should be considered as self studied.
Before starting out as a full time improviser and experimentalist, Tieqiao was a member of member of Chinese folk/rock/jazz/experimental bands including Glamorous Pharmacy, Ping Pong Band, Beautiful Melon 9+2 Improvisation Ensemble.
From 2005 to 2007 Tieqiao lived in Oslo, where he interacted with a number of Norwegian musicians. During his time in Norway he actively explored the experimental and improvisation scene in Norway. During the two years he organized and participated in more than 50 concerts and played with more than 80 musicians, including Paal Nilssen-Love, Ingebrigt Harker Flaten, Maja Ratkje, Ketil Gutvik, Rolf-Erik Nystrom, etc. It was also in this period he started to experience with electronic effects and saxophone solo.

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