Qian Li is a transmasculine, 1.5-generation Chinese immigrant, experimental composer, and agent of transformation.
He practices radical education at The Exploratorium in San Francisco and tinkers with all media in his freelance work. In performance art he seeks to empower audiences to transform personal experiences through creative improvisation. He has apprenticed in Indonesia for Balinese gamelan performance, tuning, and instrument making and sells traditional music on Bandcamp.
In music composition Qian designs performance frameworks to investigate alternatives to structures of oppression by mobilizing the audience. He has received a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant and was a resident and juror at The Millay Colony for the Arts. His works have been performed in Philadelphia, Swarthmore, Boston, and San Francisco.