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ENSEMBLE MISE-EN ANNOUNCES MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017

A Six-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 20- June 25 Featuring: ENSEMBLE MISE-EN with Chartreuse Ensemble and the 2017 MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL Fellows Performances and Events will be hosted by: German House, MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, New York University, Scandinavia House, and the Taipei Cultural Center. Concerts Tuesday, June 20th @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, 8:00 pm 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Wednesday, June 21st @ German House, 6:00 pm 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Wednesday, June 21st @ Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 9:00 pm 70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 Thursday, June 22nd @ MISE-EN_Place Bushwick, 8:00 pm 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Friday, June 23rd @ Scandinavia House, 7:00 pm 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016 Saturday, June 24th @ Taipei Cultural Center, 3:00 – 10:00 pm 1 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 Workshops Sunday, June 25th @ New York University GSAS Music Department Room 220, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 24 Waverly Pl, New York, 10003 NEW YORK, NY —This summer New Yorkers can expect a spectacular display of musical expressions from the 2017 iteration of the MISE-EN Music Festival. Since 2014, ENSEMBLE MISE-EN has …

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“Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang” on View Jun 24 to Nov 12 at Worcester Art Museum

Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang features the work of Shih Chieh Huang, who combines his longstanding fascination with technology and the materials of modern life to transform mundane manufactured objects into novel and remarkably complex sculptural forms. Huang elevates circuit building, transistor rewiring, and other hardware operations into an art that connects not only with our senses but our sense of humanity between today’s virtual and analog existence. At the Worcester Art Museum, Huang plans to create his most ambitious immersive environment to date—a kinetic sculptural installation consisting of over one hundred various-sized elements. In addition to the exhibition, the artist will create onsite his Organic Concept, an infinitely scalable sculpture made from rolls of painter’s plastic and box fans. The creation will be a public performance in the Museum lobby on July 20, 2017. Afterwards, Organic Concept will be temporarily installed in the Renaissance Court. Reusable Universes resonates with the spirit of innovation and curiosity that continues to ground Worcester today. Huang’s art also will provoke the viewer to consider society’s rapidly changing relationship with technology. By constructing grand works of “low-tech” art made from high-tech parts that are intentionally built to look unfinished, Huang endeavors to recapture the …

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Considerate Creations: Chameleons – Part II

On view from June 16 to July 14, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and Gallery 456 are delighted to co-present the second part of a female group show Considerate Creations: Chameleons. Curated by art manager I-Hua Lee of Taipei Artist Village, the exhibition implies that the hard work done behind the scenes allows art projects to successfully come to fruition. Artworks on display are in various forms, including video, photograph and installations, yet all focus on the female artists’ common experience of playing multiple roles. Apart from discussing the subject of women’s multiple roles, the exhibition also addresses family issues such as marital and parental relations. Considerate Creations: Chameleons is a sequel of Considerate Creations, which was presented in Taipei Artist Village in 2015 and will be touring to New York this year. This exhibition features works by female artists who wear many hats, from art directors, curators, museum staffs, archivists, to wives and moms. Taiwanese artists Chen Hui-Chiao, Wang Te-Yu, and Tsai Hai-Ru are invited to exhibit with New York-based artists Hu Nung-Hsin and Wong Kit-Yi/Ali Wong. Cross–disciplinary practice is a common state, and contemporary artists are commonly acquired a diverse skillset. Lee categorized this group of …

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Impression, Formosa -a sketchbook of contemporary music from Taiwan

Taiwan Academy Presents New Asia Chamber Music Society Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 4:00 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org Program Impression, Formosa 1. Shiuan Chang: String Quartet for Folk Tune Bāng-Chhun-Hong 2. Tyzen Hsiao: Piano Trio 3. Hung-Ping Chang: Silk Road Fantasie for String Quartet 4. J. Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25 Max Tan, violin Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola Nan-Cheng Chen, cello TzuYi Chen, Piano Ilha Formosa is a Portuguese historical name for Taiwan, meaning “Beautiful Island”. To depict the beautiful image, the concert will include three pieces of Taiwanese composers; among them Shiuan Chang and Hung-Ping Chang will be present at the performance. Taiwanese composer Shiuan Chang’s compositions have been described as “a tapestry of extraordinary sound and idea; not word of painting or sound landscape, but rather a psychological meditation.” Bāng Chhun-hong is one of the most well-known Taiwanese Hokkien song composed by Taiwanese composer Teng Yu-Hsien in 30s. Its melody is a nostalgic calling for a lot of people who are living outside of the country. Shiuan originally arranged “Bang Chhun-Hong” for string quartet to be performed by …

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The Power of Writing: Taiwan Pavilion for the first time at 2017 Book Expo America & BookCon

Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Taipei Cultural Center, organized by the Association of Taipei Publishers, the Taiwan Pavilion—The Power of Writing—will give 30 Taiwanese publishing houses the opportunity to break into the American market at The Book Expo America & BookCon. The Book Expo America & BookCon will have its grand opening at the Javits Convention Center on May 31st, 2017. It’s the first time for Taiwan to join this book fair. Talented and important individuals from publishers all over the world will gather at the Book Expo America & BookCon, where editors, copyright agents, and publishing houses are set to compete intensely. At the fair, the worldwide copyright for the works of hitherto unknown writers will probably be sold in an instant. This year, the Taiwan pavilion is set to appear for the first time, with the hope that native publications of distinction, along with those that exemplify Taiwanese culture, will be popularized throughout the world. The Taiwan Pavilion—The Power of Writing—will join the book fair with 160 books, including literature, comics, children’s books, picture books and language learning materials. European and American publishers have long had a strong presence in Taiwan. However, this is the …

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Hello Taiwan! Tour 2017 will be launched on May 24th

Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Taipei Cultural Center, organized by P2TW, Inc., the ”Hello Taiwan!” Tour 2017 will last 6 days from May 24th to 29th of May. The serial concerts will take place in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia. Legendary Golden Melody Award-winner Biung, jazz singer Gina Can, and emerging pop star Sean Huang will embark on a tour of NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Boston, including a special show at Joe’s Pub, NYC. Hello Taiwan is an annual event bringing leading artists from Taiwan to the US to reach American audiences. The artists in this year’s tour have unique musical styles, and this marks the debut performance in New York for them all. Taiwanese aborigine people are renowned throughout Asia for their soulful vocal tone and heart-felt songs. It’s a unique opportunity to hear the music of these three artists in the USA. The Hello Taiwan tour also has deep ties with the Passport to Taiwan Festival that takes place on Union Square each year to celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week designated by the Congress in 1999. This will be a gathering of the high and mighty in the Taiwanese based music in United …

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POETRY, SIZHU and TAIWANESE OPERA:Chai Found Music Workshop 2017 U.S. Music Tour

Introduction “Sizhu”, a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of Chai Found Music Workshop (CFMW). CFMW’s performance blend multi-directional components, such as Taiwanese folksong, traditional Taiwanese Opera, Mandarin old ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musical, oriental musical theater and orchestration with ethnic music instruments. In this performance, CFMW will bring to stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu”,CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, noval arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu”, CMFW will perform commissioned works from Taiwanese composers and in “Ppoetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang Poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style.. Demonstration Lecture The Expression of Emotion in Traditional Chinese Music Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm Flushing Library (41-17 Main St., Flushing) Huang Chen-Ming with demonstrations by CMFW musicians Concerts POETRY, SIZHU and Taiwanese Opera Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016), followed by a Q&A session with the musicians Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355) free with admission Sun., May 28, …

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Upcoming Lecture: A Steel Cable Connecting the World Sculptor shares the story of using discarded elevator cables to create his new work

“I first had to clean the used cables with chemicals before molding them in to the shape I desired. I suffered burns, eye injuries and muscle strains and I was exposed to high levels of dioxins as a result of working with a welder for long periods……” sculptor Kang Muxiang recalled the process of his first sculpture made from retired elevator cable. “Nevertheless, giving up a portion of my short life in exchange for a piece of eternal art, a bequest to future generations was all worthwhile,” he added. Kang worked day and night for about 18 months to complete his first artwork titled “Infinite Life” using discarded elevator cables from Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building and now the fifth. Elevator cables are made from numerous steel wires wound tightly together. They are exceptionally difficult to bend, let alone shape into sculptures. “Everyone thought I was crazy, but I just wanted to do it. If I weren’t a little bit crazy, how could I be an artist?” Kang said. “The cables carried 6.6 million visitors during their six years of operation, so there seemed to be millions of lives wound up in them. That thought really intrigued me.” …

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Taiwan Culture Month- Film Series “Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History”

Film Series Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History Taipei Cultural Center in New York is celebrating Taiwan Culture Month with the film series entitled Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History, running at Mid-Manhattan Library on Sundays of this June. This four-film series goes beyond fiction to introduce a selection of titles exploring the neglected voices behind contemporary Taiwanese and East Asian society and history. The series includes the award-winning biography documentary Hebei Taipei about a former soldier who survived the Chinese Civil War and lived with nostalgic memories for the rest of his life, After Spring, the Tamaki Family about a Taiwanese immigration history in Okinawa Japan, Absent Without Leave revealing the hidden past of the Malaysian Communist Party members, and Taiwan’s official Oscar entry, Hang in There, Kids, portraying 3 aboriginal boys who grapple with family struggles and life as aborigines in Taiwan. Delving into personal life stories as well as family memories, these films not only provide social context for a single person or family on their journey back home but also display the wide-ranging imagination of Taiwan’s historical complexity as far greater and more varied than mainstream histories might suggest. All films are New York …

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