American musician inspired by life in Beijing

Updated: Dec 9, 2022 Print
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Shawn Moore, a musician from the United States, has been dedicated to his various professions in Beijing for years. He is an admissions officer for his Alma Mater Bard College, the music director for the Yale Club in Beijing, and a solo artist who is about to release his first solo album.

"What kept me here (in Beijing) for eight years is the remarkable people you can meet here," said Moore. He has collaborated with many renowned artists including Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun and Chinese dancer Yang Liping. "It’s a very international city in that way," he said.

Moore has worked closely with David Qu, a pianist and composer, for many years. They collaborate on music, combining classical pieces like Mozart and Beethoven and modern jazz pieces on stage. "I think it’s something really special," he said, something that the audiences will hear for the first and maybe only time.

The American musician said he loves Chinese folk music, which is a great source of inspiration for him, and is preparing another album merging Chinese musical elements with Western ones.

Having received his master's degree from Yale, Moore curated a concert for the Yale Club in Beijing in September, which he considers one of the most memorable concerts he has arranged in China.

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