Unique violin duo for hire.
Chi 2 are Chinese Brit-born violinists Liz & Sarah Liew playing acoustic, electric & Chinese violins over electronic beats. Unique sounds set a party on fire!
Recently described as “double violin assault specialists (Singapore method)” Chi 2 are Chinese Brit-born violinists Liz and Sarah Liew. They play acoustic, electric (6-string) and Chinese violins (Jinghu and Erhu) over electronic sampled beats. What makes them unique is that all their performances are completely improvised with a plethora of weird noises and the odd sprinkling of live effects. Their music is harsh and pulsating one minute and lyrical and beautiful the next, interspersed with textural fragments and snippets of musical conversation, as they communicate in their sisterly language.
No strangers to the public eye these gals have been touring with Moby on and off for the last few years, with KLF on a live MTV broadcast and with pop sensation Anastacia. Their other credits include playing on forthcoming albums for Barry Adamson, Boy George and Transit Kings (project with Alex Paterson, Jimmy Cauty and Guy Pratt) and recording an unplugged gig with Uriah Heep, with performances on Channel 4, BBC TV and Radio, BBC Music Live, NPA (Canal+, France), BBC World Service (The Edge) and Arté, RTL (Europe).
Despite their pop tendencies they are classically trained violinists and pianists – Liz studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University and Sarah at Purcell School of Music, Middlesex University and Academy of Traditional Chinese Opera in Beijing. Sarah comments, “I’m glad we’ve done all that hardcore classical training as it has given us a firm foundation from which to create and build our own music.”
So whats next for Chi 2? Liz responds, “We’re working away on our mini-album release collaborating with Hamish Stuart (of Average White Band fame) and Michael ‘Technohead’ Wells, Simon from The Orb, Rowan from Goldfrapp and beatsman Alex Attias amongst others and also writing music for a short film and a track for the Art of Noise tribute album.”
No doubt well be hearing a lot more from the Chi 2 girls.