Inspired by 1930s jazz-struck Shanghai, Shanghai Mimi is a glamorous club, an extraordinary woman, an exquisite performance, set to a score of intoxicating songs 時代曲 from the Paris of the east.
The Shànghǎi MiMi Band featuring Sophie Koh brings to life the story of 1930s Shanghai - a zenith of talent and opportunity; with a creative culture bursting with energy and dynamism. Shanghai became a magnet for foreign musicians, many of whom found work in famous jazz venues on The Bund 外滩 performing alongside Chinese singers and musicians.
As the decade drew to a close, foreign musicians drifted away, leaving behind the memory of a golden period in Shanghai’s cultural history.
John McAll – musical director
Douglas Hunter – original concept
About the music
The Shànghǎi MiMi Band will transport you back to the secret world of 1920s and 30s Shanghai cabaret with Shidaiqu; some of the most exhilarating and dynamic cultural fusion in musical history. Shidaiqu is a hybrid soundclash of musical fusion - it combines American big band, with its rhythmic drive and blast of brass, with the delicate high melodies of Chinese Folk, resulting in a truly unique musical phenomenon which glitters, shimmers, and soars to stunning heights.
Written and performed by John McAll & Sophie Koh
Musical direction by John McAll
Original Concept by Douglas Hunter
Image credit: Eugyeene Teh Photos