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Twelve Girls Band
Twelve Girls Band is a music group comprised of thirteen women artists that always appear as twelve on stage. The band plays traditional Chinese instruments to perform both traditional Chinese and Western music. The band was formed on June 18, 2001, and each of the thirteen women were selected after extensive auditions of more than 4000 candidates all studying in conservatories schools in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Each band member is classically-trained in the China Academy of Music, the Chinese National Orchestra and the Central Conservatory of Music. Their musical instruments mainly include those Chinese musical instruments like guzheng, dulcimer, pipa, erhu, zhudi, xiao, hulusi, duxianqin etc.
Formation of the Band
The Twelve Girls Band was created in June 2001 by Wang Xiao-Jing, also known as the father of Chinese rock music, who got the idea for creating such a band from Chinese Numerology. Once he had decided he wanted to create an all woman ensemble, he was sure he wanted the band to have twelve members. According to Chinese mythology, ?twelve jinchai' or 12 hairpins, represent womanhood. Auditions for the band began on June the 10th, 2001, attracting over 4,000 graduates and students from various artistic colleges and universities in China. After numerous auditions, Xiao-Jing put together twelve women who were all experienced musicians from the People's Republic of China's orchestras. Each played one or more ancient Chinese instruments and all were in their twenties. The band members each took on a character inspired by the art of the Yue Fang, and the ensembles who played in the Tang Dynasty courts during the years A.D. 618 to 907. Beijing Shi Ji Xing Die Cultural Communication Limited Company became the broker for band and Wang Xiao-Jing the band's manager. Together they found a way to repackage traditional Chinese folk music so that it could enter the mainstream music industry on a local and international scale.
Rise to Fame
On October 5th, the first special concert by 12 Girls Band, called ?Charm', was held in the 21st Century Theater in Beijing. The concert received mixed reviews, some critics being very impressed by the band's unique style and intricate performances while others were less optimistic, doubting that Chinese folk music could ever become widely become popular. Mr. Wang Xiao-Jing, however, was not discouraged and, in the meantime, continued to pursue his goal of introducing the 12 Girls Band to the international market. As the band's musical performances became more and more mature, 12 Girls Band held a second concert called ?Miracle' at the Beijing Exhibition Hall Theater on January 1st, 2003.
In the summer of 2003, the band made their official debut in China and Japan, playing modern tracks on ancient Chinese instruments. Their album Beautiful Energy, reached the top of the J-pop chart and remained in the Japanese charts for 30 weeks. As the band gained popularity, their concerts soon began to be sold out each time. A self-titled debut was next released in North America in August of 2004, which included cover versions of Cold play's famous song Clocks and Enya's Only Time. The debut was announced through a large scale television advertising campaign introducing the unique band. The Twelve Girls Band toured in the United States in the 2004 Miracles tour and again in 2005.
The band quickly gained popularity because of its unique style of combining traditional Chinese musical instruments with modern pop music, creating an entirely new style for folk music. Its dainty musical rhythms and passionate performance drew a large following of people who enjoy instrumental Chinese folk music and created awareness of Chinese folk music both home and abroad. The band has become especially popular in Japan, holding the highest sales numbers of any Chinese musical artist ever and they also won the Japan Gold Disc Award in 2004.
Both the Beijing Shi Ji Xing Die Cultural Communication Limited Company and the Japanese Platia Company have begun to cooperate in order to open up new opportunities and promote the band on the international music scene. The band is expected to soon penetrate the mainstream market in North America, with the goal being to achieve Grammy Award status.
In July 7, 2007 the Twelve Girls Band performed at the Chinese leg of Live Earth in Shanghai. In October and November of 2007, the band is scheduled to perform with Italian Soprano, Giorgia Fumanti in their tour in North American. The tour will travel to the Midwest USA, and the East and West Coast areas of the USA and Canada.