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The musical instrument industry's biggest players are preparing for the opening of this year's record breaking Music
China. Now in its 16th year, a total of 2,135 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions will gather in 125,000 sqm of exhibition space, making this the largest ever edition of the fair.
Taking place from 11 - 14 October at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, the highly anticipated show is set to be even more impressive than previous years. Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, explains: "There is always a lot of excitement as each edition of Music
China draws closer, and this year we are proud to once again offer an all-inclusive platform to attract both the MI industry and music lovers from all corners of the world. In 2017, the show not only grows in terms of scale, but also in quality and comprehensiveness. With a strong line-up of industry heavyweights, fringe events and live shows, the fair will continue its mission to promote business between buyers and vendors, foster music culture across the show floor, and provide unique opportunities for music appreciation."
As part of the expanded fair, Music
China 2017 will feature a record 12 international pavilions, with dedicated exhibit areas for Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Taiwan and the UK. Each of the exhibitors within these pavilions are expected to present their unique strengths and state-of-the-art instruments from their respective countries and regions.
Most notably, the Poland and Bulgaria pavilions will be present for the first time at the fair this year. Visitors to these two areas can expect to find developments particularly in music sheet publishing, violin products, traditional craftsmanship and more.
On top of this, many leading international brands are also preparing to exhibit from across the entire MI industry. These include the likes of ABRSM, Alfred, BAM, BG, Bluethner, Buffet, Casio, D'Addario, EKO, ESP, Fazioli, Fender, GEWA, Hsinghai, Ibanez, JBL, Jinbao, Kawai, KORG, LTD, Marshall, Medeli, Miyazawa, Muramatsu, Music
River, Petrof, Roland, Samick, Sankyo, Sauter, Schimmel, Schott Music, Seiler, Selmer, Steingraeber, Steinway, Tama, Taylor, Tombo, Yamaha, and many more.
Live events and educational forums expected to be successful show features
With much anticipation and enthusiasm for Music
China 2017's opening, many of the industry's leading speakers, lecturers and motivators are now preparing for their respective events during the course of the fair. For example, the NAMM CMIA Industry
Forum will focus on the theme of "Music is around me - a discussion on community music making and education", where industry leaders from various associations and enterprises will share their insights on music prevalence from a global perspective.
Meanwhile, the NAMM University Courses are tailor-made for musical instrument dealers and retailers. Highlighted topics here include "Customer Relationship Management - How to Grow Sales through Personalised Engagement", and "Mutually Beneficial Collaborative Ideas Between Public Schools and Music
Elsewhere during the course of the fair, a complete range of educational programmes, master classes and workshops from across all sectors for professionals and music lovers will improve visitors' knowledge of music and its culture. This includes the Music
China Educational Programme, where representatives from educational institutions, influential associations, industry leading brands, as well as renowned musicians will discuss a comprehensive range of topics such as international perspectives on music education, piano teachers' essential qualities, and teaching methods for kids' musicals.
The Stringed and Bowed Instruments Master Workshop, on the other hand, will gather a number of world famous luthiers to demonstrate their extraordinary violin-making craftsmanship and their industry knowledge. Another highlight will be the Global Forum on Chinese Traditional Music, where a variety of seminars on Erhu, Chinese flute and Guzheng will take place, as well as a display area for Konghou.
To promote new innovations in the MI industry, the Seminars of Technology and Innovation will see industry experts, such as Mr Tom White, President of MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), discuss the future of the MIDI. Meanwhile, the Music
Lab is a debut event which will take centre stage in the open area, and will display a whole range of experimental musical instruments.
Visitors should also take note of the other concurrent events during the fair, including the JZ Day event, where world famous jazz musicians and educators will demonstrate their extraordinary techniques for jazz performances.
One of the other highly anticipated event highlights will be the SchoolJam sessions, where attendees can experience live performances by 2017 SchoolJam award winner Mikroschrei. What's more, the Drum Circles at this year's edition will feature Ms Kumi Masunaga, a professional percussionist and hand-drum tutor, who will lead participants to explore a diverse range of musical and rhythmic expressions. To help with the younger generation's music education, the Kid's Music
Castle will also return to the fair, and enable children to experience the world of music and sound by touching and trying out a variety of musical instruments first hand.
Alongside these events, the fair will once again include many live concerts and industry stars to boost the show's offerings. More than 1,000 indoor and outdoor live shows have been prepared, covering a variety of music genres such as rock, jazz, folk, heavy metal, pop and classical music. Some of the highlights here include:
Product display show from Lamb of God, Grammy nominated American heavy metal band
Live performance by John Frederick Robinson, who is considered the most recorded drummer in history
Live performance by Doug Aldrich, famous hard rock guitarist from The Dead Daisies, and also an official endorser of Baroni lab
Live guitar performance by Massimo Varini, an Italian guitarist, producer, artist and educator who won two Latin Grammy awards
Live performance by Jost Nickel, a contemporary drummer and composer whose name is on the credits of many global hit records
Acoustic guitar performance by Akihiro Tanaka, a talented guitarist from Japan
Jazz performances by Tiny May, a famous English jazz vocalist and HRJ Trio, a renowned jazz band from China
Saxophone jazz by Alex Nyman, a well-known musician specialising in saxophones and woodwinds
Live show by Monkey Legion, a Nu metal band from China who performed at Summer Sonic, Asia's largest music festival in 2016.
For more details about the show, please visit www.musikmesse-china.com