Cold Fairyland, (冷酷仙境, Lěngkù Xiānjìng) is based in Shanghai, China. Their style combines Eastern melodies and rhythms with Western symphonic rock and classical music. These two sides allow them to play in concert halls as well as in rock clubs.
Cold Fairyland was established in 2001 by LinDi (Vocals/Pipa/Keyboard) and Su Yong (Bass). They reworked several songs each had previously written and made a demo. Soon after it’s unofficial release online, it was picked up by an underground record company LStape and released on cassette. This demo later became available as their first CD “Flying Over the City”. Shortly thereafter drummer Li Jia joined the band. With the rest of it’s lineup still in a state of flux, CFL played it’s first show at a bar called NowhereTown. In September 2001, they played a cancer benefit at XinTianDi’s ARK Rock Club in Shanghai; thus began their long relationship with the club. They have played in many festivals and clubs across China, including The Beijing MIDI Music Festival, often referred to as the Woodstock of China. CFL had a rotation of guitarists until 2003, when they settled on Song Jian Feng, a MIDI device engineer who worked with Su Yong. Next to join in 2004 was the cellist known as Yao Yao (Zhou Shengan) from the Shanghai Opera. Xi JinE was added as a keyboard player in summer of 2008, and Seppo M. Lehto replaced Su Yong on bass guitar in August 2008.
The name Cold Fairyland comes from a Chinese translation of one of Haruki Murakami's books (known in English as "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World") favored by LinDi. The name reflects the sometimes dark tones of their music.
Composer, arranger. keyboardist and pipa player LinDi has been playing pipa since she was 4 years old. Her arrangement skills often bring out very surprising elements from the mix of cello, pipa, keyboards, bass. drums and guitar.
The Cold Fairyland Albums:
1. Flying Over the City (2001)
2. Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers (2003)
3. Live 2005 (2006)
4. Seeds on the Ground (2007)
In 2008, Cold Fairyland signed with TreeMusic Records of Beijing, who republished “Seeds on the Ground” and released “2008 Cold Fairyland Tour in Finland DVD” both in 2009.
Performances include concerts in Europe, Japan and around China including The Beijing MIDI Music Festival 2004 and 2006. Early in 2008 Cold Fairyland toured five cities in Finland with Magyar Posse. In December CFL played the Jetlag 08 Festival in Bilbao, Spain. The band performed at the Zhenjiang Midi Festival, Shanghai JZ Music Festival, and Hangzhou Xihu Music Festival in 2009.