PERFORMING ARTS

Vincent Hsu Trio at Taiwan Academy

2015 Homeland to New York—Vincent Hsu’s Jazz Original Night Taiwan Academy will be presenting a night of Vincent Tsung-Yu Hsu’s jazz originals with his special New York trio at 7:30pm on May 13th at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. This not to be missed concert is open to the jazz aficionados and general public alike. Please RSVP for complimentary admission. We’re cordially inviting you to join us for the fresh sound of jazz from Taiwan and journey through Vincent Hsu’s musical homeland. This spring, Vincent is returning to New York with his award-winning debut album, “Homeland,” which won the “Best Jazz Album of the Year” by the 2014 Golden Indie Music Award in Taiwan. During this trip to New York, Vincent is also collaborating with two jazz veterans, Harold Danko and Billy Drummond for his latest recording project. These three outstanding musicians are invited by Taiwan Academy to present a special trio performance and share Vincent Hsu’s stories about jazz and beyond. Vincent Hsu arrived in New York at the age of 25 and bought his first double bass. At the age of 28, he gave his first public performance. At 31, he wrote his first …

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2015 Traditional Music Concert at Taiwan Academy—The Charms of Silk and Bamboo

Taipei Cultural Center will present Taiwan Traditional Music Concert on April 16th at Taiwan Academy. Once again we sincerely invite you to attend our concert. Artists: Wei-yang (Andy) Lin(Erhu) Yimin Miao(Dizi & Xiao) Shih-hua Judy Yeh(Guzheng & Guqin) Joy Chi Wang(Piano, Noseflute & Ruan) Date: Thursday, April 16th at 2:00 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org Wei-yang (Andy) Lin Wei-Yang Andy Lin, born in Taiwan, holds his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School. He has won Top Prize in the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut. Mr. Lin is currently the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and the New York Formosa Choir. He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davie’s “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He was recently invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to play the solo erhu part in “Iris dévoilée” by Chen Qi-Gang in Milwaukee and …

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The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to Flushing Town Hall for CrossCurrent

A special work-in-progress featuring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and the New Asia Chamber Music Society After extensive New York and New Jersey touring of the Company’s Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep production, Company members shed their colorful silk costumes of Chinese folk dances and return to simple jersey leotards and tights of modern dance to work on their next new piece to be showcased at Flushing Town Hall in the center of Queens, New York, on March 22, 2015, at 3pm. Ticket price is $15 for General Admission, $10 for Students & Members, . CrossCurrent is a concept that Nai-Ni Chen developed while working with the music of composer Huang Ruo. Examining their experiences as bi-cultural artists living in the United States, Nai-Ni Chen observed that the journey to adapt to a different culture is long and full of joy and struggle. CrossCurrent is a series of dances that communicates the journey of her cross-cultural experience, both physical and emotional. It involves a change of perception and a change of expectation. The dances she is creating attempt to communicate that delicate path that she and others are crossing every day. For this project, Nai-Ni Chen is partnering …

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TAIPEI FOLK DANCE THEATRE PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS CONFERENCE ON ASIAN STUDIES

The internationally acclaimed Taipei Folk Dance Theatre will perform as part of The University of Scranton’s “International Conference on Asian Studies: Taiwan and China in the Global Context.” The performance is slated for Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts at Marywood University. The first professional ethnic dance company in Taiwan, the Taipei Folk Dance Theatre promotes and preserves Taiwan’s varied dance heritage, with the influence of Chinese traditional dance. Founded in 1988 by Tsai Li-hua, who is also the artistic director, the company seamlessly combines traditional Taiwanese folk dance style with current theater techniques. The Taipei Folk Dance Theatre has presented more than 700 performances in more than 40 countries. The company has selected the following dances for its performance in Scranton: “Meditation through the Flower,” “Hakka Love Songs,” “Paiwan-Legend of the Lily,” “Images of Kung-Fu,” “Long Howl over a Gloomy Moon” and “Celebration of the Gods.” Also as part of The University of Scranton’s inaugural Asian studies conference, the Taipei Folk Dance Theatre will present a free master class, question-and-answer session and workshop on Sunday, March 29. The conference is co-presented by The University of Scranton’s Asian Studies Program and the …

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The Marvel of Glove Puppetry — “A Sea of Puppets” at Taiwan Academy

Taipei Cultural Center will present “A Sea of Puppets”, Taiwanese glove puppetry, on February 25th at Taiwan Academy. We sincerely invite you to attend our event. Artists: Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company Date: Wednesday, February 25th at 3:30 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, please click HERE; or e-mail: 0573@tpecc.org Puppetry is a form of theater that has been around for thousands of years. There are many kinds of puppets, from those that dance on strings to glove puppets. The popularity of glove puppetry in Taiwan has endured. Skilled glove puppeteers can animate lifeless material and perform all sorts of complicated actions, and no puppeteers are more talented than those from Taiwan. The Taiyuan Puppet Theatre was founded to continue this tradition, while at the same time creating new and innovative music plays. The glove puppetry performances are miniature version of Peking opera, with the figures wearing elaborate costumes and acting out epic tales. The characters are all portrayed as either noble heroes or evil villains. Most impressive of all, they are all voiced by a single puppeteer. “A Sea of Puppets” is a traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show performed on a …

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HUANG YI & KUKA @ 3 Legged Dog Art & Technology Center

HUANG YI & KUKA Choreographer/Dancer: Huang Yi Dancers: Hu Chien, Lin Jou-Wen 8PM, February 11th to 17th, 2015 3PM, February 14th to 15th, 2015 at 3LD Art & Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006) Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/1401?sitePreference=normal ABOUT: As a child, Huang Yi longed for a robot companion. As an adult, he created a robot to dance with. Acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi and his robot companion KUKA bring razor sharp precision and stunning artistry to 3LD Art & Technology Center. Harmoniously weaving together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering, HUANG YI & KUKA is a poetic work that flawlessly intertwines modern dance and visual arts with the realm of robotics. HUANG YI: Huang’s pioneering work is steeped in his fascination with the partnership between humans and robots. He interweaves continuous movement with mechanical and multimedia elements to create a form of dance which corresponds with the flow of data, effectively make the performer a dancing instrument. Named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch,” Huang was immersed in the arts at a young age, spending much of his childhood in his parents’ studio watching them teach tango and …

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Taiwanese Contemporary Dance Showcase in New York

The 16th CONTEMPORARY DANCE SHOWCASE: JAPAN + EAST ASIA brings a standout line-up of groundbreaking artists from the other side of the globe to Japan Society. FEATURING FOUR NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES AND ONE U.S. PREMIERE. Presented as part of Japan Society’s 2014-2015 Performing Arts Season. I-Fen Tung / M.O.V.E.Theatre’s duo How to Say (Taiwan) – North American Premiere Shang-Chi Sun’s solo Traverse (Taiwan) – North American Premiere & Nobuyuki Hanabusa / enra’s Newton (Japan) – North American Premiere Mikiko Kawamura’s solo Alphard (Japan) – U.S Premiere Kaori Seki / KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN’s quartet Marmont (Japan) – North American Premiere Since 1997, Japan Society’s Contemporary Dance Showcase has been a vital incubator for Japanese and East Asian choreographers, introducing them to the U.S. during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference and serving to launch and support their international careers. A leading platform for the introduction of Japanese choreographers and companies, the Dance Showcase has expanded to frequently include artists and works from the broader East Asian region, including Taiwan and South Korea. Many Dance Showcase“alumni” have gone onto perform in major venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Walker Art Center, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater and …

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2014 Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concerts II ◎◎ An afternoon of passionate TANGO—World Premier of RAIN OVER TAIPEI

Taipei Cultural Center will present Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concerts on November 22nd at Taiwan Academy. Once again we sincerely invite you to attend our concert. Artists: JP Jofre (Bandoneón) Weiyin Chen (piano) Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu (violin) Date: Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, please click HERE; or e-mail: 0573@tpecc.org JP Jofre Argentinean Bandoneón player-composer JP Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer. He has collaborated with many famous musicians in a wide range of musical styles, including Paquito D’Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Symphony Silicon Valley, Sacramento Philharmonic, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Fred Sturm, Frost Studio Jazz Band, Borislav Strulev, and Nina Beilina. Mr. Jofre has received commissions and been part of many prestigious festivals including the Umbria Jazz Festival, Great Performers at …

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Piano recital of TZU-YI CHEN at Carnegie Hall

DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS ARTIST SERIES Presents TZU-YI CHEN, piano Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Tickets: $50, Order online: http://www.carnegiehall.org/ Carnegie Charge (212) 247-7800, Box Office at 57th and Seventh (Children under 6 not admitted) Program MOZART《Variations on the Minuet of J.P. Duport in D Major, K.573》 BRAHMS《Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24》 MUSSORGSKY《Tableaux d’une exposition》 Winnie Lan-Yin Yang《Suite Astrologique》 MEDIA CONTACT: shira@DCINY.org 212.707.8566 x316 or 514.585.3868 www.shiragilbertPR.com Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) welcomes the brilliant Taiwanese young pianist Tzu-Yi Chen to its Distinguished Concerts Artist Series at Weill Recital Hall. Born in Taiwan where she was named one of the country’s rising stars by MUZIK magazine, Tzu-Yi Chen’s honors include the prestigious Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatory. Recent performances in Germany garnered acclaim from the Baden Baden Daily News for her “range of pianistic perfection, from the most sensitive touch to the most powerful rich sound” as well as the Goslarsche Zeitung which praised both her “incredible warmth” and “great power.” The concert on Saturday, October 11 at 8:00pm features music by Mozart, Brahms, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, along with a work by Taiwanese composer Winnie …

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