2016 SHAKE THE LAKE International Music Festival

A Night of Rip-roaring Fun

2016 SHAKE THE LAKE International Music Festival

 1st Swing & Boogie Music Night


Stand by for a night of rip-roaring fun on Friday 16 September 2016. Under the bright moon of the Mid-autumn Festival, Yanqi Hotel, managed by Kempinski, will present a dinner-dance extravaganza, featuring pulsating boogie, swing and jazz music themed to the swinging Beijing of the 1930s era.

SHAKE THE LAKE International Music Festival is a traditional concert from Austria, dating back to 1995, which features pulsating live boogie-woogie, swing and jazz music. It is “much more than a concert” and certainly the most authentic and is one of the largest European boogie festivals. The best musicians in the genre from all over the world have been invited to perform there.

The Shake the Lake Night will feature the original line-up and orchestration of the unique International Boogie Music Festival from Austria. It brings a highly acclaimed ensemble of charismatic and outstanding musicians who have performed around the world at prestigious festivals as well as gigs at top venues in major cities.

Life is shaking - and water is the origin of life. The lake Wolfgangsee, as the origin of the music festival, is known as the “source of happiness”, from which life energy comes. Since 1995, it has been the home of the Shake the Lake-spirit. “The Lake” is therefore the motto of the next festival and the focus is on special “lakeside sessions”. As a beautiful scenic site, Yanqi Lake, located at the foot of Yanshan Mountains, 8 km north of Huairou County, is a perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With the Philosophy of Shake the Lake, at Yanqi Lake let the good times roll and keep shaking there!

When the best musicians from around the world come, there will be a feast for music lovers. Tinkling the keys of the two Feurich grand pianos are Richie Loidl and Johnny Schütten, both proponents and creators of the authentic Shake the Lake festival in Austria. They present their Austrian piano-friend Christoph “Boogie Wolf” Steinbach, a very ingenious pianist and singer, being said to play faster than his shadow. Headline star of the concert is Martin Schmitt from Munich, Germany, who is considered to be one of the most multitalented piano entertainers in Europe. “The voice” is represented by Nicolle Rochelle from the U.S. (now resident in Paris, France), a versatile, charismatic and internationally successful musical star and dancer. Austrians Franz Trattner on drums and Peter Strutzenberger on double bass will support the show as a groovy rhythm section. After Friday night, the hotel will also invite those artists to join the Jazz & Boogie Brunch that follows, at Waterside on 17 September 2016. Pamper yourself with the superb gourmet brunch and enjoy the authentic live music while overlooking the beautiful Yanqi Lake.

So dig out your glad rags and dust off your dancing shoes in preparation for a swinging night at Yanqi Island! “Guests are encouraged to get in the mood with a 1930s dress code of glamour and sophistication,” says Brice Péan, General Manager of Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island. “The ladies might like to consider feather boas and a cute hat, while the gents need look no further than a white scarf and perhaps a silver-tipped cane,” he adds with a smile, but assures us that guests are not obliged to be so extravagant.

*Festival ticket package starts from RMB 4,388. Please contact 69618888 - 3604 for more information.

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