PERFORMING ARTS

Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series —Taiwan Night on 8/18

The Queens Museum’s summertime staple, Passport Thursdays: International Dance, Music, and Film Series, returns for another exciting season featuring some of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality. This year’s adventure includes stops in Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, and Taiwan. The “Taiwan Night” on 8/18 is collaboration between Queens Museum and Taipei Cultural Center to introduce Taiwanese culture to the residents in Flushing, NY. This event brings to the area highly selective programs: Music: Yuhan Su Jazz Band A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su came to the United States in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has performed with her jazz quartet throughout the East Coast and joined the acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. The band will perform a set of music featuring the traditional music from different ethnic groups in Taiwan, including Taiwu ancient ballads, Hakka traditional song, and Taiwanese folk song. Yuhan will bring a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese mythological KuaFu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun. Film: Go Grandriders! (Taiwan, 2013, 80 min, Mandarin with English ST) A group of senior citizens, many of whom learn how …

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Taipei Cultural Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Mission To actively promote international cultural exchanges by presenting the rich diversity of Taiwan’s culture and arts to the general public and the communities of the US and Canada. History 1991-2002:The Chinese Information and Culture Center Responsible for planning, promoting, and implementing a variety of arts programs, as well as supervising the operation of the Taipei Gallery, the Taipei Theater and the library at Rockefeller Center. 2002-present:Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York Officially changed its name to the Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York to cope with the new trend of global cultural competition and has been breaking the regional boundary of New York City and considerably strengthening cultural promotion. Vision To use culture and arts as communication channels to enhance mutual understanding and appreciation as well as to strengthen Taiwan’s friendship with the US and Canada. -Strengthening relationships with arts organizations -Actively participating in important arts-related festivals -Building long-term partnerships with agencies of artist -Enhancing exchanges between arts professionals from Taiwan and North America

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Taipei Cultural Center to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary with Unconventional “Tea Party”

To mark the milestone of its 25th anniversary, Taipei Cultural Center in New York—Taiwan’s chief cultural mission in North America, invites Lin Ceramics Studio to come to New York August 12-17 to perform its award-winning program “Tea Party: Slow. Flow” and share the depth and richness of Taiwan’s unique tea culture with local audiences. Yi Cha Huei Yo(以茶會友), which literally means “meeting friends over tea” or “friends of tea” in Chinese, is the very essence of Taiwan’s tea culture that will be demonstrated in this performance entitled “Temperature.” As an old Chinese saying goes: welcoming a friend from afar gives one great delight, “Temperature” celebrates friendship and is the second chapter of “Slow‧Flow” by Lin Ceramics. It opens with the tea master making a fire, preparing to welcome a friend with tea. As the warmth diffuses in the space, the tea master performs the classic tea ceremony. “Tea Party” attempts to give a novel, contemporary perspective on tea cultures in Asia. It reintroduces traditional tea culture to the young generation in a modern, trendy manner so that this thousand year old culture can evolve with the times and stay relevant. Audiences explore a new vision of tea culture during the …

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Flushing Town Hall to Present the Yuhan Su Quintet on Friday, August 12th

On Friday, August 12, Flushing Town Hall will present the Yuhan Su Jazz Quintet, which will perform a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese Mythology Kua Fu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun. The Yuhan Su Quintet is a distinctive contemporary jazz ensemble featuring Yuhan Su (vibraphone), Chris Cheek (tenor/saxophone), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Marty Kennedy (bass), and Nathan Ellman-Bell (drums). A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su has been living in the United States since moving to Boston in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has had performances along the East Coast and joined acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. Su’s debut release as leader, Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), has been released to widespread approval. In the April edition of DownBeat, Brad Farberman wrote of Su’s “intelligence, sensitivity and a haunting sense of tenderness.” Flying Alone has received numerous music awards and nominations, including ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’, ‘Best New Artist’, ’ Best Jazz Single’ from the 2013 Golden Indie Music Award and ‘Best Performance Album of the year’, ’Best Composer Award’ from 2013 Golden Melody Award in Taiwan, and “Best Release of …

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ENSEMBLE MISE-EN ANNOUNCES MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

A Four-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 22- June 25 Featuring: ensemble mise-en, EXCEPTET and The Phoenix Quartet Performances and Events will be hosted by: the cell (June 22), The DiMenna Center (June 23), Scandinavia House (June 24), Taipei Cultural Center in New York (June 25) Concerts June 22: Opening Night / ensemble mise-en @ the cell (8pm) June 23: MICHAEL JARRELL Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ The DiMenna Center (8pm) June 24: Americas + Europe / ensemble mise-en @ Scandinavia House (6pm) June 25: New Music Marathon (ensemble mise-en / Exceptet / Pheonix Quartet) @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (4-10pm) Workshops June 22: Workshop I @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (11am-12:30pm) June 25: Workshop II @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (12PM-1:30PM) NEW YORK, NY — ensemble mise-en will be presenting a new music festival across 4 days at various venues in the New York City area. After hosting a call for scores which received 792 submissions, ensemble mise-en has selected 31 works by composers from across the globe to be performed. Following the success of last year’s MISE-EN Festival, ensemble mise-en is enthusiastic and excited to present another festival of music by some …

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I Wan Jan Puppet Theater 2016 US Tour

I Wan Jan Puppet Theater from Taiwan, invited by Flushing Town Hall, Mid-Manhattan Library, Chinese- American Art Council, and Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, is visiting New York, Ann Arbor from May 20 to May 25 and performing the acclaimed “A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage” (巧遇姻緣). A Chance Encounter Leads Marriage is a mesmerizing, traditional hand puppet show based on Peking Opera. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts and much more. A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage, read as Qiao-Yu-Yin-Yuan. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts and much more. This classic performance will showcase the puppets’ fine movements, such as the young male character (Sheng 生) folding a fan, the female character (Dan 旦) holding an umbrella, an older male (Mo 末) smoking, the clown (Chou 丑)falling from a chair, and street entertainers’ bustling martial arts and acrobatic acts. Without any language barriers, A Chance Encounter Leads Marriage will entertain kids as well as adults. The first performance in New York will be held in the Mid-Manhattan Library …

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KUN-YANG LIN / DANCERS PRESENTS THREE WORLD PREMIERES & A REVISED WORK AT PRINCE THEATER, APRIL 14-16

The critically-lauded and internationally active Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYLD) announces four Philadelphia performances of virtuosic dancing that stirs the soul. KYLD unveils three world premieres born of a collaboration with composer Daniel Rhode, commissioned by the New Music Ensemble of Grand Valley State University. A surreal landscape of shape-shifting, otherworldly bodies, where mystery is punctuated by highly technical dance artistry in “DREAMSCAPE”, putting the magnifying glass to the “MOMENT(s)” which touch us as humans, whirling and spiraling into gravity in” VERTIGO.” The concert also features a bold revision of KYLD’s acclaimed work, “AUTUMN SKIN.” Renowned violinist, Todd Reynolds, one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and co-founder of the quartet, Ethel, will perform with KYLD on Saturday evening, April 16. ABOUT KUN-YANG LIN DANCERS Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active, South Philadelphia-based KYL/D is committed to practicing a fearless physicality that resonates with the soul, to probing questions that shape us as individuals and communities and to inviting audiences to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery. Proceeding from a rich frame informed by living traditions, contemplative practices and diverse philosophies of Asian origin, the company creates contemporary dances that transcend cultural boundaries. Artistic …

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Mythology – Jazz Night in Midtown

Taiwan Academy Presents Yuhan Su Quintet   Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 7:30 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org   Yuhan Su  – Vibraphone. Compositions Matt Holman – Trumpet. Flugelhorn Kenji Herbert – Guitar Petros Klampanis – Bass Nathan Ellman-Bell – Drums   A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su has been living in the US since moving to Boston in 2008 to study at Berklee. Since then, she has had performances along the East Coast and joined acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. Su’s debut release as leader, Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), has been released to widespread approval. In the April edition of DownBeat, Brad Farberman wrote of Su’s “intelligence, sensitivity and a haunting sense of tenderness.” The album Flying Alone has received numerous music awards and nominations, including ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’, ‘Best New Artist’, ’ Best Jazz Single’ from the 2013 Golden Indie Music Award and ‘Best Performance Album of the year’, ’Best Composer Award’ from 2013 Golden Melody Award in Taiwan, and “Best Release of 2013” by All about Jazz. Yuhan Su Quintet has released her second album A …

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Monkeys Take Over Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for Lunar New Year Celebrations, Feb. 20-21

Returning to Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the coming of another year, LunarFest will ring in the Lunar New Year with an exciting and diverse weekend of events. From February 20–21, this family-friendly festival will feature a wide range of activities, including musical performances, craft activities and delectable Asian cuisine. Two major interactive installations will feature hundreds of life-sized monkey figurines on site to greet visitors. The entire festival will be free to attend, and food and souvenirs (including monkey figurines) will be available for purchase. A time of celebration, the Lunar New Year also offers the chance for reflection, particularly with this year’s representative animal. “2016 is the Year of the Monkey – the species closest to the human being,” says Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, which is partnering with Harbourfront Centre to co-produce LunarFest. “Monkeys, too, are emotional creatures who are intelligent, crafty, curious and naughty at times. Are there lessons humans can learn from monkeys?” LunarFest – Highlights at a Glance: Theatre: A staple at Lunar New Year celebrations, the traditional lion dance will be performed by Taiwan’s Jin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe at World’s Smallest Lion Dancers. The show offers an unique …

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