Music matters. It really does. A good tune can make even the most stone-hearted weep, and a good beat can make the stiffest amongst us shake their money makers and break free of their inhibitions. Similarly, music can act as a kind of memory liberator - and old folks seemingly all but lost to Alzheimer’s momentarily come alive when they hear a long-forgotten song from their salad days. Music is primal. It’s integral. Hell, it’s vital. And in Hangzhou, music is being made and happening all over the place - music that is modern, classical, experimental, undefined. It’s this creative, freewheeling spirit that is celebrated in this special music-themed edition of that's. Venues. Singers. DJs. Operas. It's all here folks, so read on to learn more about what’s going on on the stages and in the studios of this great city of ours. Music aside, we also bring you a special feature on Karamay this month, an isolated north-western city that hosted the recent The Renaissance: Silk Road Economic Belt (2016) Xinjiang Karamay Forum, a summit that underlined the importance of not only China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, but of the re-emerging Silk Road trial to boot. Stuffed with all our regular features, news and reviews, this month's mag will hopefully be as soothing and as rocking as your favourite hit record. And, if a magazine came with a volume dial, I’d recommend you turn this baby up to 11. Please get in touch with anything you think may pique our interest and rouse our attention. You can reach me at email@example.com.
David W. Kay Managing Editor