Cold Fairyland (Chinese: ?; pinyin: ) is a Chinese rock music group based in Shanghai, China. Their style combines Eastern melodies and rhythms with Western symphonic rock and classical music. The band has two sides; classical and rock, which allows them to play in concert halls as well as in rock clubs. CFL's music has influences from Portishead, Dead Can Dance, Radiohead, early Genesis, Jethro Tull, Wong Faye and Dou Wei, and their genre is best described as progressive rock.
Cold Fairyland was established 2001 by Lin Di (Vocals/Pipa/Keyboard) and Su Yong (Bass). They reworked several songs they had each previously written and made a demo. Unofficially released online, it was soon picked up by an underground record company LStape and released on cassette. This demo became later available as their first CD "Flying Over the City". Later the same year 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. In September 2001 they played a cancer benefit at XinTianDi's ARK Rock Club in Shanghai; thus began their long relationship with the club, playing most months at least once. They have played in many clubs and festivals across China, including The Beijing MIDI Music Festival, often referred to as the Woodstock of China. CFL began a rotation of guitarists until 2003 settling on Song Jianfeng, a MIDI device engineer who works with Su Yong. Next to join in 2004 was the cellist known as Yao Yao (Zhou Sheng'an) from the Shanghai Opera. Xi Jin'e was added as a keyboard player in summer of 2008, and Seppo M. Lehto replaced Su Yong on bass guitar in August 2008.
The name Cold Fairyland comes from a Chinese translation of one of Haruki Murakami's books (known in English as "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World") favored by Lin Di. The name reflects sometimes dark tones of their music.
Composer/arranger/keyboardist and pipa player Lin Di has been playing pipa since she was 4 years old. Her arrangement skills are bringing out often very surprising elements from the mix of cello/pipa/keyboards/bass/drums and guitar.
Cold Fairyland has released six albums, two in Taiwan (as Lin Di / Cold Fairyland) and four in China.
Performances include concerts in Europe, Japan and around China including The Beijing MIDI Music Festival 2004, 2006 and 2009 (in Zhenjiang). In 2004, Cold Fairyland contributed to the John Lennon Tribute of Yu Yin Tang Music and performed & recorded the song "Eleanor Rigby".
Fun fact: The band is made out of 3 married couples Lin & Lasry, Zhou & Li, Song & Xi.
Studio versions of the songs the way they were played live. Recorded 2009 in Shanghai Synergy Studios.
1:Mirror Theatre ?
4:Dead Children in Newspapers
7:A Desperate Flower in Your Hand ?
8:Mountain Song of the High Lands ?
10:Autumn Sleep ?
13:Wating for Farewell ?
Mostly acoustic songs with drums and some electric guitar, no keyboards. The music is written in Sonata Form. This CD shows the classical side of Cold Fairyland, and depending on the venue will be performed either in its original form or in heavier electric style.
1:Seeds on the Ground
2:Shadow Play ?
3:Five Travelers ?
5:Solemn, Silent Circle
6:Moon at the Fortified Pass
8:Cloud Riding ?
10:Ice Castle ?
11:Ghost Town Nightmare ?
Seeds on the Ground )A( Acustronik Mix by Seppo M. Lehto 2008, download only.
Seeds on the Ground )B( Acustronik Mix by Seppo M. Lehto 2010, download only, bass by Seppo M. Lehto.
Recorded live in ARK Music Club 2005, Shanghai.
1:Mirror Theater ?
2:Dead Children In Newspapers
5:The Blessed Place
10:A Seed On The Ground
11:A Desperate Flower in Your Hand ?
12:Waiting For Farewell ?
Modern Chinese sensibility, magical lyricism, and trance-like synthesizers make this album 'Enigma of Shanghai', but it is really a new species in eastern musical ecology.
1:The First Day: Dance of Seduction ?
2:The Second Day: Repentance Day
3:The Third Day: The Blessed Place
4:The Fourth Day: A Desperate Flower in Your Hand ?
5:The Fifth Day: The Flood
6:The Sixth Day: Slaves
7:The Seventh Day: Mirror Theater ?
8:The Eight Day: The Dusk In The Deep Green Prairie
9:The Ninth Day: Wake
10:The Tenth Day: Reincarnation
An epic album with a touching story: a young girl's journey to marry a man afar becomes a quest of her own destiny and her life. Deserts, oasis, exotic natural scenes, wars and dreams all emerge in the magical music. Cello, guitar, bass, Chinese flute, pipa, erhu and zheng blend so well in surreal images that you can no longer tell the East from the West.
1:Yilang Yilang ?
3:Mountain Song of the High Lands ?
4:Riddle in the Bronze Mirrors ?
5:Speechless in Forest ?
9:Colorless Sun ?
10:Heal the Wounds of Time ?
3:Autumn sleep ?
5:Dead Children In Newspapers
6:DuDu! You Say
7:A Desperate Flower in Your Hand ?
9:Little Fairy Girl
10: Color of Sunset
7:Waiting For Farewell ?
Remastered 2008, available only as a download, including 2 additional songs: Child and a Feather (acoustic studio live), Black Wing (Karaoke)