NEW BUND 31 - Destination for Great Music & More!

By That's Shanghai, October 17, 2023

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Calling all music lovers! NEW BUND 31 is set to host a series of stellar events this autumn, from jazz, pop and classical to immersive shows and classic musicals, and everything in between.

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NEW BUND 31 is a mixed-use development project located in the New Bund Area. Covering an area of over 215,000 square meters.

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It includes a state-of-the-art performing arts center, a trendy retail space, a Class-A 36-storey office building, and a 202-room boutique hotel.


Upcoming Events

2023 JZ FESTIVAL

From November 10-12, the 2023 JZ FESTIVAL 19th will take place at NEW BUND 31, reuniting old and new friends alike.

This year's international music lineup reaches new heights, featuring globally recognized, highly talented musicians that together comprise 13 Grammy wins and 25 nominations. 

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Look forward to seeing artists such as Jacob Collier, a five-time Grammy Award winner; Snarky Puppy, a fusion jazz ensemble boasting five Grammy Awards; the legendary and unparalleled Asian fusion jazz pioneers T-SQUARE; the reunion of Dire Straits Legacy, a British rock band with two Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards; Moonchild, an American neo-soul and dream-pop group that won the Grammy for 'Best R&B Performance'; and Anomalie, a rising Canadian electronic jazz artist. 

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2023 JZ FESTIVAL 19th in Shanghai will host a lineup of incredible musical performances, blending contemporary and classic jazz and creating a veritable presentation for music enthusiasts.

Notably, T-SQUARE and Dire Straits Legacy, two seasoned bands, will make their debut performances in China, culminating in a unique East-meets-West fusion experience. 

The 2023 JZ FESTIVAL 19th will take place at the newly opened BOCOM NEW BUND 31 Performing Arts Center, a convenient location with top-notch indoor acoustics catering to the needs of a high-quality live music experience, guaranteeing a stand out show sure to be one of the festival's highlights this year.

Apart from the captivating performances, the event offers more convenient subway transportation, a wider variety of food and beverages, and an all-in-one entertainment experience, making it an immersive three-day jazz celebration for all attendees.

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31 Show – Live the Dream

International immersive theater director and co-director of Sleep No More, Conor Doyle has done it again with a new immersive theater masterpiece, 31 Show – Live the Dream

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Offering the audience a feast for the senses, this world-class performance makes full use of the large theater’s interior space and high-tech equipment, creating a world where dreams and reality collide in front of a live audience.

Noteworthy cast members include...

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Young actress Huang Xiangli, who has portrayed many unforgettable characters and is known as the 'Queen of Monodramas' in theater.

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Singer and musical, theater and film actor Zheng Yunlong, who has served the leading role in musicals and in films. 

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Multi-lingual singer and Golden Melody award winner Shunzi, known for her numerous popular Chinese hits.

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Special eight-member guest jazz-funk band, The Red Groove Project, which specialize in funk, rock, pop, soul, and even various rhythms from the American South, allowing listeners to not only sway their bodies, but also to free their minds.

In addition, 31 Show – Live the Dream features internationally acclaimed stage designer Leo Li, who trained under contemporary stage design legend Li Mingjue in the United States.

The Music director is the famed Zhao Liangjun – the stage director for live versions of Kunqu opera The Peony Pavilion and Tan Dun's stage production A Drop of Water on the Summit, as well as the producer of several film soundtracks. 

Choreography is by British choreographer Oliver Sayer, and the multimedia team Radiogama brings extensive experience in immersive performances and stage multimedia, all working together to create this original masterwork.

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Plácido Domingo

This legendary Spanish male opera singer  known as the 'King of Opera'  began his singing career in 1958, and has portrayed 118 different roles in operas, winning 12 Grammy Awards.

Having performed in more than 200 operas and conducted 46 of them, he has sung in almost every opera house in the world, including the world-renowned Vienna State Opera.

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And on November 13, he will once again visit Shanghai for a concert. 

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Plácido Domingo has a long-standing connection with the China Shanghai International Arts Festival.

In 2002, during the fourth China Shanghai International Arts Festival, he closed the festival with a magnificent solo concert.

The audience's applause was deafening, and for this, Domingo performed a full five encores. Shanghai made the 'King of Opera' feel the audience's heightened enthusiasm for the arts.

In addition, Domingo and his two concert guests, American soprano Ana María Martínez and Chinese soprano Zhang Liping, performed eight songs, including famous excerpts from operas and musicals such as Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, West Side Story, and Chinese songs like 'In That Distant Place.'

The performance was a resounding success, and Domingo's brilliant voice left an indelible mark on Shanghai.

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More than two decades later, the king is back, grand and magnificent, continuing the legacy.

This year's Shanghai concert will be a stunning return for Plácido Domingo; despite his advanced age, he will not only prove that he still has much to offer, but will also showcase his versatility as a legendary artist and his exceptional mastery of various types of songs.

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From performing in Verdi's operas like Simon Boccanegra to successfully staging Nabucco, Macbeth, and Jules Massenet's Thaïs, Domingo has long demonstrated that he can perform as both a successful tenor – with songs like 'Tonight' – as well as effortlessly handling baritone songs.

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The Sound of Music

The timeless musical masterpiece, The Sound of Music, originally from Broadway, has captivated audiences worldwide for 64 years, sweeping international music awards and evoking eternal themes of freedom, love, and warmth.

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The upcoming Broadway English original version of The Sound of Music is directed by Jack O’Brien, a three-time Tony Award-winning director.

After its first performance on Broadway in 2015, it embarked on a North American and Asian tour.

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Fifty years later, this classic is re-examined, as the director attempts to unearth more of the play's depth. 

Besides re-arranging some of the music to make the scenes transition more naturally, he revisits the entire story from the perspective of 1938, when the threat of war looms over peaceful Austria.

People's lives are on the brink of significant change, and everyone is in danger. Through this, he delves deeper into the relationships of the characters, revealing more shades of humanity in each one.

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It's time to celebrate the arts and indulge in incredible musical performances at BUND 31. Get your tickets today! 

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[All images courtesy of NEW BUND 31]

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