BEIJING, June 22, 2013 – The Ai Weiwei Studio released Ai Weiwei’s first music album, “The Divine Comedy”, today to commemorate the second anniversary of his release from an 81-day secret detention.
The single “Dumbass”, premiered last month along with its music video, is included in the album. “The Divine Comedy” features six tracks with vocals and lyrics by Ai Weiwei, and music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou. Each song is a different take of Ai’s newfound channel for expression through music. The album includes commentaries on current events (Just Climb the Wall, Hotel USA), documentations of real dialogues (Chaoyang Park, Laoma Tihua), and personal reflections (Give Tomorrow Back to Me, Dumbass). The full album crosses musical genres with influences from pop, rock, punk and heavy metal, and takes us on a journey through Ai’s experience with the conditions of China.
The album hits all major online music stores today, including iTunes. It is also available on http://aiweiwei.com.
Ai Weiwei is an artist, and his work encompasses diverse fields including fine art, curating, architecture, design and social criticism. He works in Beijing. He is a fierce defender of freedom of expression, and is always seeking new ways to communicate with the public.