A night of rip-roaring fun took place on Friday 16 September 2016, under the bright moon of the Mid-autumn Festival, at the Yanqi Hotel, managed by Kempinski, which presented a dinner-dance extravaganza, featuring pulsating boogie woogie, swing and jazz music themed to the swingingBeijing of the 1930s era. World outstanding musicians, artists and celebrities attended the eventincluding international super model Ms. Ma Yanli, outstanding music critic Ms.Chun Xiao, CCTV9 broadcaster Ms.Liang Hong and Ms. Cheng Zhuo, Artist, Chairperson of Cheng Siwei Fund, Founder of Torch of Love Fund.
The night of Shake the Lake featured the original line-up and orchestration of the unique International Boogie Music Festival from Austria. It brought a highly acclaimed ensemble of charismatic and outstanding musicians who have performed around the world at prestigious festivals
It was a feast for 380 music lovers who attended the gala dinner and the following performance. 7 outstanding international musicians performed on stage, each marking their first time in Beijing, tinkling the keys of the two Feurich grand pianos. Richie Loidl and Johnny Schutten, both proponents and creators of the authentic Shake the Lake festival in Austria. They presented their Austrian piano-friend Christoph “Boogie Wolf” Steinbach, a very ingenious pianist and singer, who it is said can play faster than his shadow. The headline star of the concert wasMartin Schmitt from Munich, Germany, who is considered to be one of the most multitalented piano entertainers inEurope. “The voice” was 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 supported the show as the groovy rhythm section. Following Friday night’s gala event, the hotel also invited the artists to perform at the Jazz & Boogie Brunch at Waterside on Yanqi Island, on 17 September 2016.
Dressed in the 1930s dress code of glamour and sophistication，guests enjoyed the feast with a superb gourmet brunch and authentic live music while overlooking beautiful Yanqi Lake.
The success of the first Swing & Boogie Music Night SHAKE THE LAKE International Music Festival is definitely a memorable occasion for friends and family to celebrate the traditional Chinese festival in such a wonderful place. We are consistently trying to create new events on Yanqi Island and many more are already in the planningstages. “Looking forward to getting together here again for the next year!” said Brice Pean, General Manager of Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island.
Mr. Brice Pean (left) with Ms Ma Yanli, the international super model
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 one of the largest European boogie festivals. The best musicians in the genre from all over the world have been invited to perform there.
Life is shaking – and water is the origin of life. The lake Wolfgang, the original location 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”. The beautiful scenic site, Yanqi Lake, located at the foot of the Yanshan Mountains, eight kilometres north of Huairou County, is a perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Philosophy of Shake The Lake, Yanqi Hotel, is to make the good times roll and keep shaking here at Yanqi lake.