Wu Qiong: Chui Wan
Bassists have a reputation for being a little, well, superfluous. While guitarists get all the glory and drummers get all the girls, bassists are charged with the thankless task of holding down the lower end and keeping everyone in line. Not so with Wu Qiong, the dynamic bassist for experimental psych quartet Chui Wan. Beneath the band’s undulating waves of Middle Eastern-sounding psych, Wu offers up alluring, enigmatic basslines that serve as an anchor and counterpoint to the main melody. As a performer, too, she is striking – with a cold, almost regal bearing that echoes her basslines’ strange, spidery arpeggios.