Saturday, March 24, 8 pm – 10 pm | 50 RMB - purchase link

Spittoon Arts Collective introduces Spittunes, which takes advantage of Beijing’s diverse and talented music scene by selecting artists and bands from different genres and pairing them together to collaborate with writers and poets. The musicians select the poets and writers they want to work with after a selection process – The musicians choose the poets or writers based on how suitable they think they are for their certain styles of music. After the partnerships are made, the musicians and writers work together for a month to make a special collaboration song based on the musicians and writer’s individual style. Poetic and Musical collaborations will involve: Noise Arcade – David Huntington; Li Er Yang – Poornima Weerasekara; and Jukka Ahonen – Li Wan. Hosted by Matt Byrne and Nathan Borofka.


Noise Arcade is a solo, live electronic project that is based in Beijing. Over the past several years, Noise Arcade has toured China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, and The Netherlands. In addition to touring, Noise Arcade has released a series of albums for several different labels including Nasty Wizard Recordings, Metaphysical Circuits, and Metal Postcard. The album called ‘Selective Memory’ recorded for Huashan Records based in Shanghai was selected by Smart Shanghai as one of the best albums for 2014.

David Huntington has published short fiction in Far Enough East and Spittoon Literary Magazine. His screenplay “New Violence” was selected for the Middlebury Script Lab. Sometimes he’s lonely, but he’s really quite fortunate.

Li Er Yang is a young avant-garde musician based in Beijing. He draws influence from 60’s and 70’s musicians like Neil Yong, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Kraftwerk. He has covered songs from Led Zeppelin and he has written his own blues music. During the years of 2015 and 2016, he paid tribute to Bob Dylan Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Pink Floyd – rendering their songs with his arrangements.

Poornima Weerasekara is an editor at finance magazine Caixin. She has also worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka and India and translates poetry from her native Sinhalese.

Jukka Ahonen plays and composes music. He has a history of playing musics like punk, progressive, kraut, space, folk, jazz, blues. As a composer, besides writing for bands, he is interested about experimenting with structure (aleatory) and complex rhythmic textures (polyrhytms, polymeters, and odd time) as well as different intonations (just intonation and overtones). Aside from guitar, he plays piano, flutes and bass.

Li Wan, born in 1991 in Wuhan, graduated from Department of Chinese Language and Literature in PKU. Her work has appeared in Poetry Periodical, Poetry Forest, Enclave, Shanghai Literature, Essay. She is the winner of the 9th Weiming Poetry Prize in 2015.

Matthew Byrne has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. He’s been reading poetry for many years in England and now China and has shared the stage with many renowned poets, including the English Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. He has published a poetry magazine called UNSUNG in his home city of Manchester and he is the founder of Spittoon, a successful Beijing poetry night held every month.

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