Dou Wei

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This article is about the musician. For the Tang dynasty chancellor, see Dou Wei (Tang dynasty).
Dou Wei
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Dòu Wéi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dau6 Wai2 (Cantonese)
Origin Beijing, China
Born (1969-10-14) October 14, 1969 (age 45)
Beijing, China
Occupation Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer, Poet
Genre(s) Alternative Rock, Post-rock, Ambient, Folk, Electronic, Chinese rock
Instrument(s) Flute, Drum, Guitar
Years active 1987 - present
Spouse(s) Faye Wong (1996-1999)
Gao Yuan (2002-2006?)
Children Dou Jingtong (b. 1997)
Dou Jiayuan (b. 2002)
Official Website www.dou-wei.com
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Dou.

Dou Wei (born October 14, 1969) is a Chinese musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Dou Wei is a multi-instrumentalist and produces music across many genres. He first came to prominence as a member of the hard rock group Black Panther (Hei Bao, 黑豹). His album Dark Dreams draws influences from The Cure and Bauhaus[citation needed], was a landmark album in the Chinese rock scene and gained strong popularity. Followed by Sunny Days and Mountain River, Dou Wei explored new frontiers in electronic and ambience. From there on, Dou Wei's music took the direction of ambience, folk and post-rock. His two last vocal album Acousma and Rainy Murmur with the E band draws influence from the UK post-rock group Bark Psychosis. Since then Dou Wei's music became more improvisational and he has consistently collaborated with others and formed the group Indefinite.

Dou Wei has two daughters: one named Dou Jingtong (born January 3, 1997), born to his ex-wife, Chinese pop singer Faye Wong, and the other one born to his ex-wife, photographer Gao Yuan.

On May 10, 2006, Dou was arrested after storming the office of the Beijing News newspaper's editorial department, destroying a computer keyboard and a DVD player, and pouring water on editors in the office, before setting fire to a car's boot parked in front of the newspaper's office building. Dou claimed that his actions had been justified by the actions of an anonymous Beijing News reporter, whom Dou accused of publishing what he believed to be falsified news about Dou and his second wife, Gao Yuan.

Dou Wei wrote and sang the theme song of the 2011 film Dragon. The song was nominated for best original theme song at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1994 Dark Dreams (黑梦)
  • 1995 Sunny Days (艳阳天)
  • 1998 Mountain River (山河水)
  • 2004 Eight Fragments (八段锦) (recorded between 1995 and 2003)
  • 2012 2012 Beat (2012拍)
  • 2013 Yang Jin Mantra (殃金咒)

Collaborations[edit]

  • 1991 Hei Bao (Panther,黑豹) with Black Panther
  • 1994 Dark Dreams (黑梦) with Dreaming
  • 1999 Acousma (幻听) E Band
  • 2000 Rainy Murmur (雨吁) E Band (demo)
  • 2002 Gloriette by Water (水亭) Mu Liang Wen Wang
  • 2003 One Stone, Two Birds (壹举·两得) with Indefinite (不一定) (recorded in 2001)
  • 2003 Mu Liang Wen Wang (暮良文王) Mu Liang Wen Wang
  • 2004 The Story Between the Mirror and Flowers (镜花缘记) with FM3
  • 2004 Three States, Four Scores (三国·四记) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2004 Wuque Liuyan (五鹊·六雁) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2004 Live On (相相生) Mu Liang Wen Wang (recorded in 2002)
  • 2004 Qiguo Shengdan (期过圣诞) with Indefinite (不一定) (live at Shenzhen, recorded in 2001)
  • 2005 Shan Dou Ji Shi Ye (山豆几石页) Mu Liang Wen Wang
  • 2005 Ji Ran Pin Qi Guo (祭然品气国) Mu Liang Wen Wang
  • 2005 Ba He (八和) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2005 Jiu Sheng (九生) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2006 Shui Xian Hou Gu Qing Feng Yue (水先后古清风乐) with Indefinite (不一定) (live at ARK Bar, Shanghai, recorded in 2005)
  • 2006 Pilgrimage to the East (东游记) (recorded in 2005)
  • 2006 Rainy Murmur (雨吁) with E Band (recorded in 2000)
  • 2006 Hou Guan Yin (后观音) with FM3
  • 2007 Ah Song Zhu Ah Ji (松阿珠阿吉) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2007 35651 (35651) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2007 Zorro in China (佐罗在中国) with Indefinite (不一定)
  • 2008 Wu Yin Huan Yue (五音环乐) with Indefinite (不一定) and Inequable (不一样)
  • 2008 798 with Indefinite (不一定) and Inequable (不一样)
  • 2010 Umbrella of Early Spring (早春的雨伞) with Inequable (不一样)
  • 2010 Autumn (入秋) with Inequable (不一样)
  • 2011 Vocal Music (口音) with E Band

With Faye Wong[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • 1993 Light of Hope (希望之光) on Rock Beijing (摇滚北京)
  • 1995 Lord (主) on Chinese Fire II (中国火II)
  • 1997 Gracious Trill (婉啼) on Farewell Zhang Ju (再见张炬)
  • 1999 The Grand Joss House (大庙) on Chinese Fire III (中国火III)

Other albums[edit]

  • Dou Wei & Dreaming: guest featuring in the movie "Beijing Bastard" (北京杂种)
  • 1999 OST: "My Favourite Snowy Days" (我最中意的雪天)
  • 2001 OST: "Dazzling" (花眼)
  • 2001 OST: "Seeking the Gun" (寻枪)
  • 2001 Musical Drama "Story Between the Mirror and Flowers" (镜·花·缘)
  • 2001 composer for the TV documentary: "Huang Xing, a prominent figure during Chinese Revolution of 1911" (百年任务·黄兴)
  • 2001 Dou Wei & the Not Sure Yet: master & improvisational performance for "The Transparent Box" (透明的盒子)
  • 2002 "Rekindled Story Between the Mirror and Flowers" (再续镜·花·缘)

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