Li Jianhong is a Chinese free improv guitarist and a leading figure in mainland China’s free improvisation music scene. His involvement in China’s experimental / noise / avant-garde culture started from the late 1990s, during which he was the founder of one of the earliest experimental/noise/avant-garde music label 2pi Records and later the label C.F.I, and also members of groups such as Second Skin, D!O!D!O!D!, Pisces Iscariots, VagusNerve and Mind Fiber. He also curated noise / sound art / Avant-garde music festival “2pi Festival” annually from 2003 to 2007, which was one of the most important festivals in the early development stage of China’s experiment, noise and avant-garde music. During the same period, he also curated series performances and gigs named “Home Violence”. In 2011, he cofound a new label “C.F.I” with VAVABOND, which delicates to promoting China free improvised music.
Over the years, Li Jianhong has always dabbled his feet in different genres, never resting on his laurels as an extreme purveyor of guitar drones. His style skillfully transfers among free improvised music, noise and psychedelic. Since 2008, he began to explore new directions under the name of “environment improvisation in the co-relationships between environment and performing. Besides his solo projects, his activities mainly involves with the band VagusNerve and the duo Mind Fiber.
By now, Li Jianhong has released almost 30 albums in labes such as PSF, Utech, Post-concrete， Archive， Sub Rosa and 2pi Records, which covers countries and regions such as China, the United States, Japan, Belguim, Russia, France and Hong Kong.