Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Strange evening in the lobby of a swanky downtown hotel. I was due to meet a big-shot manager of a certain very famous Chinese pop singer with whom I have a mad idea of a collaboration with a Brit band for 2012. The lobby was full of people milling around who'd had just had a meeting with her, only she was nowhere to be seen. Apparently they'd had a 'disagreement' and she'd retired to her room leaving me twiddling my thumbs. Perhaps not the best time to introduce a hair-brained proposal heavy on cultural relations but no budget. But by chance I was introduced to some business guys from Chongqing and we had an impromptu discussion about bringing orchestras and ballet to that fair city. So not a totally wasted evening.