Fairyland, (冷酷仙境, Lěngkù Xiānjìng)
is based in Shanghai, China. Their style combines Eastern
melodies and rhythms with Western symphonic rock and
classical music. These two sides allow them to play
in concert halls as well as in rock clubs.
in 2001, ColdFairyland began as the project of coworkers
Lin Di (Vocals/Pipa/Keyboard) and Suyong (Bass). Taking
the name from the Chinese translation of one of Lin
Di’s favorite books by author Haruki Murakami, they
reworked several songs they had each previously written
and made a demo. Unofficially released online, it was
soon picked up by underground record company LStape
and released on cassette. Now this demo is available
as their first CD demo “Flying Over the City”.
drummer Li Jia joined the band, and with a few others
who came and went, they had their first show at a bar
called NowhereTown. From there they played out regularly,
doing a mix of cover songs and their own material. In
September of 2001 they played a cancer benefit at XinTianDi’s
ARK; thus began their long relationship with the club,
playing most months at least once, as sort of a home
base and live practice performance. They have played
in many cities across the country, and yearly return
to the MIDI music festival, often referred to as the
“Woodstock of China” .
began a rotation of guitarists until 2003, settling
on Song Jian Feng, a midi device engineer who works
with Suyong. Next came the cellist known as “Yao Yao”
(Zhou Shen An), from the Shanghai opera. Xi JinE was added as a keyboard player in summer of
2008, and Jeremy Lasry replaced Seppo Lehto on bass guitar in Jan.
arranger. keyboardist and pipa player LinDi has been
playing pipa since she was 4 years old. Her arrangement
skills often bring out very surprising elements from
the mix of cello, pipa, keyboards, bass. drums and guitar.
include concerts in Europe, Japan and around China including
The Beijing MIDI Music Festival 2004 and 2006, 2011
Early in 2008 Cold Fairyland toured five cities in Finland
with Magyar Posse. In December CFL played the
Jetlag 08 Festival in Bilbao, Spain. The band
performed at the Zhenjiang Midi Festival, Shanghai
JZ Music Festival, and Hangzhou Xihu Music Festival,
Strawberry Festival etc...