Natural cave reverb attack!!
Chinese free improvisation saxophonist / flutist 老丹 Lao Dan's first solo album.
老丹 Lao Dan
思維扭曲的行動體 Functioning Anomie
Lao Dan - Cafe OTO 12th Anniversary Livestream replay:
Bonus track video:
Video by 大發錄像
These recordings are from Qinglongdong Tunnel in Hangzhou, China. All natural cave reverbs, the free improvisation of Lao Dan's alto saxophone and the sound of the passengers and the cars were recorded, as every functioning individual.
"Lao Dan is a monster improviser. I'd never heard of him and I was completely swept away by his powerful playing and concept."
"I have this feeling Lao is a soldier that cannot be silenced."
- 呂立揚 Li-Yang（破地獄 Scattered Purgatory）
- 陳郁 CHEN Yu
Lao Dan is a freelance musician and wind instrument player, who started learning sax at the age of 8 and later turned to Dizi.
During 2002 to 2006, he studied dizi in Beijing. In 2007, he was admitted with the highest score to Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SYCM), majoring in Dizi. During college, he served as the principal Dizi player of Youth Chinese Orchestra of SYCM.
From 2012, he started his research on wind instruments from all over the world, including Jew's harp, Didgeridoo, Bansuri, Bamboo Sax, Duduk, etc. Lao Dan blends his own thoughts into the traditional way of playing Dizi, in which he pays a lot of attention on details of freedom, mood, thought and space. With plenty of performing and recording experience, Lao Dan has been experimenting more on his music since 2014. Based on Dizi and sax, adding various wind instruments and with new elements such as experiment, noise and improvisation, his music has been improved to a more substantial and creative level. He has also been actively cooperating with artists worldwide, including the legendary Japanese drummer Sabu Toyozumi.
In 2013, he formed the music group Red Scarf with Deng Boyu and Li Xing, covering a variety of music genres including progressive rock, thrash metal, avant-garde jazz, funk metal and punk rock, and released their eponymous debut album in 2016.
In May 2017, Lao Dan finishde recording his first Dizi solo album “Zhui Yun Zhu Meng (追云逐梦)” and it was ready to be released under Modern Sky World Music. In June, he joined a four-country avant-garde saxophone project raised by Japanese label Armageddon Nova, where his own composition “Self-destructive Machine (自毁机器)” is issued.