Chi2 are British-born Chinese violinists Liz and Sarah Liew, who are a dynamic fusion of electric violins and electronic beats.  Dubbed  "double violin assault specialists", Chi2 compose and perform a charismatic blend of ‘east meets west’ rhythms and melodies.

They are both classically trained violinists and Sarah also studied the jinghu and erhu in Beijing at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Opera. 

With their solid technical grounding and improvisational abilities, they have been a much in demand session duo and they have played and recorded with diverse artists such as Moby on his world tours, Barry Adamson, Nelly Furtado, Gnarls Barkley, Lamb, Goldfrapp, Boy George, Orb/KLF and Anastasia.

 

With their latest project Monkey King - A Modern Beijing Opera, Chi2 have fused the worlds of electro-acoustic music, film-making, theatre performance and one of the world's most ancient artforms to create a most modern interpretation of a Beijing Opera. Bursting with colour, drama, energy and vibrancy, they have drawn on the classic Beijing Opera art form for inspiration.

 

They have composed an original soundtrack to complement the filmic interpretation of the storyline by Michele Rosaus and Steve Teers, whilst award winning composer Tom E Morrison (ex Underworld) has produced the score.  The drama is enhanced by actor Tom Wu, as he employs spoken word, narration and his expertise in martial arts to convey the thrill-seeking adventures of the storyline. Their live show features Chinese drummers, exotic instruments, costumes by Mao Couture and a stunning light show by Niall Hannell (Gnarls Barkley, Marc Almond).

 

"It's a combination of musical pedigree and sisterly intuition that makes Chi2 so spectacular."  The Independent, London

 

 

"Hotly-tipped live act." Metro newspaper, London



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