"THE EDGE OF HEAVEN" LIVE

A new concert version of guitarist GARY LUCAS' celebrated salute to 30's Chinese Pop,

featuring FEIFEI YANG—vocals and Erhu

with JASON CANDLER—saxophone, clarinet and percussion

with lighting design by Kris Anton

1930's Shanghai, "the Paris of the East", comes vividly to life in a concert of dreamy 1930's Chinese pop, re-imagined by guitarist extraordinaire GARY LUCAS and his new trio.

Based on Gary Lucas' acclaimed album "The Edge of Heaven" and soon to be released follow-up, the hour-long concert showcases the heavenly voice and sinuous erhu playing of lovely FEIFEI YANG, and the swirling textures of saxophonist/percussionist JASON CANDLER.

Gary, Feifei and Jason take audiences on a journey to Old Shanghai, with shimmering renditions of charming melodic songs originally sung by renowned Shanghai divas Chow Hsuan and Bai Kwong—songs beloved by the worldwide Chinese community, and enjoyed by discerning music lovers of every nationality.

A fascinating blend of traditional Eastern melodies fused with Western swing, Tin Pan Alley, and Broadway influences, this enchanting music, born in the nightclubs and film palaces of 1930's Shanghai, is reinvigorated by Gary Lucas, whose inventive guitar stylings, coupled with the soaring vocals of Chinese star Feifei Yang and the hypnotic contributions of multi-instrumentalist Jason Candler, create a romantic night out in a Shanghai of the mind.

As part of their journey, the trio also deliver Mandarin versions of classic songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and other Western singer/songwriter greats—

and a charming version of Teresa Teng's "The Moon Represents My Heart".

Add to this the sensual visuals of lighting designer Kris Anton—a rich tapestry of art-deco images of Old Shanghai and Chinese graphic design from the period—

and You are There...
in a nightclub in 1930's Shanghai...
on the cusp of
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN


REVIEWS

A lost world of song from 1930s Shanghai found a new life at The Loft at City Winery NYC last Wed. night through the beautifully recast interpretations of Gary Lucas, Feifei Yang, and Jason Candler, with Mandarin versions of "All Along the Watchtower" and "Somebody to Love" added in to haunting effect.
—Geoffrey O'Brien, cultural critic for The New York Review of Books, author and poet

One of the past half-century's most intrepid musical travelers, Lucas has done albums and concerts in more styles than even he probably remembers: heavy metal, Hungarian folk songs, silent movie scores, cartoon themes, and on his terrific record "The Edge Of Heaven", ballads from 1930s Shanghai. At the City Winery NYC Loft on July 25th, Lucas brought THE EDGE OF HEAVEN to auditory life onstage. Not in its lush recorded form, mind you, but in a compelling stripped down version that relied only on Lucas' supple guitar, the lovely vocals of Feifei Yang, and the multi-instrumentalist accompaniment of Jason Candler. Accompanied by video projections of old Shanghai and explanatory stage patter from the musicians, the show included much of the Heaven material as well as the Lucas / Jeff Buckley chestnut "Grace" and some surprising covers. Let's just say that you haven't heard Bob Dylan or the Jefferson Airplane until you've heard them thrillingly transmogrified into Mandarin.
—Gary Lippman, journalist (The New York Times, The Paris Review, VICE), author and visual artist

Nothing reflects this virtuosic maverick's charm and taste more than The Edge of Heaven, Gary Lucas' 2010 revival of the lush midcentury Chinese film music Lucas fell in love with while living in Taiwan. This collection of astringently sentimental instrumentals and vocals focused on Zhou Xuan and Bai Guang, two of China's so-called Seven Great Singing Stars, with Lucas's flowing guitar providing ongoing reinterpretation of the music's nostalgic beauty. Here Lucas will revisit and expand his China adventure alongside Feifei Yang, a rising vocal star who also performs on the erhu (a two-string fiddle), and Jason Candler on reeds and percussion.
—Richard Gehr, The Village Voice


LINKS

Gary Lucas and Feifei Yang interviewed on Weiwei Gao's CCTV program

Article in Sinovision about the project


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Backstage at The Iridium NYC with Gary and Feifei Yang at Gary's Gods and Monsters show 5/31/18


Gary and Feifei Yang at THE EDGE OF HEAVEN LIVE on Chinese New Year 2/16/18
photo by Phil Mango


Gary, Jason Candler and Feifei Yang at THE EDGE OF HEAVEN LIVE at the Laurie Beechman Theatre Chinese New Year 2/16/18
photo by Stephen Knittweis

 


Gary, Feifei Yang and Jason Candler at Joe's Pub at the Public NYC 2/20/19 performing their EDGE OF HEAVEN project


Gary, Feifei Yang and Jason Candler at Joe's Pub at the Public NYC 2/20/19 performing their EDGE OF HEAVEN project


Gary, Feifei Yang and Jason Candler at Joe's Pub at the Public NYC 2/20/19 performing their EDGE OF HEAVEN project


Gary, Feifei Yang and Jason Candler at Joe's Pub at the Public NYC 2/20/19 performing their EDGE OF HEAVEN project with special guest Yao Wang on guzheng


THE EDGE OF HEAVEN LIVE at City Winery NYC, 7/25/18


l to r: Gary Lucas, Feifei Yang, and Jason Candler
photo by Jesse Winter


l to r: Gary Lucas, Feifei Yang, and Jason Candler
photo by Jesse Winter


Gary, Jason Candler and Feifei Yang at THE EDGE OF HEAVEN LIVE at the Laurie Beechman Theatre Chinese New Year 2/16/18
photo by Phil Mango