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Shaun’s Chinese Dream Concert
Date:2016-01-19 16:09:30 Source:Wenzhou China Fonts:[ Large Medium Small ]

Performed by:Shaun Gibson
Venue: Opera Hall, Wenzhou Grand Theater
Time: 19:30, January 23rd, 2016
Ticket Price (RMB): 50, 100, 150, 220

Recently, Shaun is gaining popularity among Chinese. People begin to fall in love with his original English songs, reinterpreted Chinese songs and Chinese melodies with English lyrics. In an effort to build a bridge of art, Shaun connects two utterly different cultures with music. Superficially, there is nothing in common between Britain and China in terms of politics, economy and culture. However, Shaun holds the opinion that true art and culture live in people’s heart all along. Thanks to globalization, the world is getting smaller, and people from different cultural backgrounds can gather to share their experiences. Shaun believes that music and art have already reflected integration of cultures.

However, the idea didn’t come to Shaun from the beginning. Shaun grew up in Northwich, a small town near Liverpool. Despite the picturesque scenery, the isolated town confined people to local supermarkets and bread factories. Nevertheless, all these didn’t inhibit Shaun’s inborn talents in music. He began to perform on the stage at three; at nine, he learned to play the piano; and at 14, he wrote the first song and performed it in his school and the local meeting hall.

Although Shaun’s musical talent was appreciated in his hometown, his dream was bigger. Therefore, he left Northwich and began to study in Liverpool University. It took him five years to get the bachelor degree in popular music and the doctoral degree in music industry studies. It was during his academic years that Shaun first experienced the charm of Chinese culture. Gradually, he had numerous Chinese friends who told him a lot about Chinese culture and brought him into the world of Chinese music.   

Enchanted by the music from another world, Shaun was eager to learn more about Chinese music. He learnt Chinese phonetic alphabets from his Chinese friend; thereafter he studied Chinese songs on his own. He adapted many of his favorite Chinese songs to English versions like An Angel’s Wing. So far, he has reinterpreted and adapted many Chinese songs and has paid visits to China

Later, he adapted Little Apple into English version. It was a big success in China and Chinese people came to know his version. The video even enjoyed over 1.5 million hits on YouTube. Due to the popularity of the video, Shaun appeared regularly on Chinese TV screens and performed on the stage of London O2, such as his participation in the show Magic World broadcast on BTV and cooperation with a Chinese band called Power Train. Nowadays Shaun continues to create new songs and hopes that he will become a new-type composer by combining Chinese and Western elements.

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