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The Shanghai Restoration Project is the time-traveling brainchild of David Liang, who grew up in Kansas and upstate New York but has been reinventing 1930s and ’40s Shanghai pop-jazz with the help of electronics, rapping, and inventive animations for about a decade. Innocence, optimism, and clarity inform the reinterpretations heard on last year’s The Classics, a collection of sepia-toned hits guaranteed to bring your Chinese-American grandma to tears. Liang and his MC accompanist Jamahl Richardson will be joined at this special multimedia show by Shanghai-born, New England Conservatory–trained jazz singer Le Zhang, and by the terrific Chinese animator and rapper Ray Lei, whose candy-colored pop-psych sensibility bears strong traces of Peter Max and Yellow Submarine animator Ron Campbell.
Thu., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2015