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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” Film Series

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” film series, which includes 3 documentaries of National Cultural Award laureates. The Executive Yuan National Cultural Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors those who have made special contributions to the maintenance or enhancement of culture, and is the highest honor for an individual in cultural circles of Taiwan. Since the award was established by the Executive Yuan of Taiwan in 1980, a total of 68 artists have been honored in fields such as education, literature, cinematic, art and dance etc. The 3 documentaries are as follows: 1. FLYING WITH MY HEART — Li Tai Hsiang(2012) 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 24th, please RSVP here Li Tai-hsiang is the composer of the popular classic, “The Olive Tree.” His compositions are well-known throughout the Chinese-speaking world; his artistry has elevated the standard for popular music and nurtured generations of songwriters. Li paid much attention to music popularization in addition to composing rigorous classical music works. He thinks that there could exist a new opening between art and popular music. His songs …

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Taiwan’s ICE POISON Featured in 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Directed by Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z, ICE POISON is chosen for the Narrative Feature in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It is the only title from Taiwan and one of the two Mandarin film selected this year. The director will attend the screening on April 18. Midi Z was born in Burma and educated in Taiwan since 1998. ICE POISON is his third feature film, which won rave reviews in this year’s Berlin Film Festival. “With three feature films under his belt, Burmese-Taiwanese director, Midi Z, has developed a naturalistic cinematic language that allows a documentary-like intimacy with his characters. In his latest work, he has crafted a measured drama that balances the daily hardships faced by many in Myanmar with moments of joy shared by his characters—from the glowing neon lights of a karaoke bar to the freedom of the open road, and the tainted promise of the drug that allows for a fleeting escape but threatens to continue their cycle of poverty,” commented by Ian Hollander on Tribeca Film Festival’s website. Tsai Ming-Liang’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST is also featured in the festival. Pin-Chun Liu, producer from Taiwan, will present her short film CONTRAPELO, too. For screening time …

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Long-Bin Chen: Composers

Feb. 25- May 25, 2014 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Organized by WEST COLLECTION The late Susan Sontag had it right: “A good book is an education of the heart.” Not only do books enlarge one’s “sense of human possibility,” she wrote, they also expand the individual’s “experience of the world.” Conversely—the great American cultural critic declared—books are “creators of inwardness.” It doesn’t take a huge imaginative leap to believe that, had she been asked, Sontag would have easily extended her observations to choice bits of music or objects d’art. That goes double had she ever been confronted with Long-bin Chen’s bookish busts of classical composers. An artist who has taken to carving bizarrely realistic sculpture from the detritus of our machine-age civilization, Long-bin Chen has for more than two decades turned the old modernist idea of truth to materials into a capacious digital-era sculptural metaphor. As the artist put in an interview, it was sometime in 1992 that he realized that the personal computer had begun making the world of books effectively obsolete. Not long after, he began cutting up hard and paperback volumes, newsprint, and recycled paper. The results are trick-the-eye sculptures that represent modernity’s most …

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announce 25th Anniversary Celebration

Press Contact: Audrey Ross 212-877-3399 audreyrosspub@aol.com Press Conference Date: Monday, April 7th at 2:00PM Venue: Taipei Cultural Center (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Fort Lee, NJ – The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season on April 26th at 8pm and April 27th at 3pm at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance on 126 East 13th Street with a program that samples the live music the Company has commissioned for Nai-Ni Chen’s work in the past fifteen years. Ticket prices are $15 for students and seniors, and $25 for the general public. The program features Ms. Chen’s most recent collaboration, Not Alone, with composer Chen Yi and the Prism Saxophone Quartet. Not Alone is Nai-Ni Chen’s exploration into the realm of identity, independence and introspection. She questions if one can truly be alone with the multiple identities and roles we play every day and every moment, and with our heroic struggle to be independent. A famous Tang Dynasty Poem by Li Bai, Drinking Alone under the Moon, served as the beginning of the exploration. Besides the internationally acclaimed Prism Saxophone Quartet, Nai-Ni Chen has invited five world renowned musicians to join the performance: the Ahn …

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Who’s singing over there? — The Legend of Taiwan Campus Folk Song

Taipei Cultural Center will present Master Class on March 30th at Taiwan Academy. We sincerely invite you to join. Speaker: Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou Topic: The Legend of Taiwan Campus Folk Song Accompanist: Carolyn Yuan, William Hsieh, Chingmin Chang   Date: Sunday, March 30th 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   “Campus Folk Song” is revolutionary music in a new style combining folk and country melodies. It originated in Taiwan and has been welcomed into the fabric of young student society all over the world for the past three decades. Since the 1960’s Taiwan has experienced all kinds of shocking western influences, not the least of which has been actual preference in music. American songs are stereotyped as modern symbols and are widespread throughout the Taiwanese market. Whether from jazz, country, rock and roll, soul, disco, rap, or hip- hop, any one of them can represent a specific era, which fashionably attracts the youth into that particular age. Under this atmosphere Campus Folk Song came into being in Taiwan in the 1970’s. It immediately became extremely popular but reached its apex in the 1980’s …

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The Place Where We Belong to: Contemporary Art by Young Taiwanese Artists, a group exhibition held at Taiwan Academy in New York

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York proudly presents The Place Where We Belong to: Contemporary Art by Young Taiwanese Artists, a group exhibition held at Taiwan Academy in New York, 1 East 42nd Street, New York from March 27th through May 30th, 2014 with an Opening Reception on March 27th, 2014 from 6:30-8:30PM. Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, R.O.C, this show is organized by National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition comprises the following participating artists: HSU Pei Cheng, CHEN Po-I and CHEN Ching-Yuan. This exhibition is also a part of Asia Week New York. The theme of this exhibition is The Place Where We Belong to, with the term “place” representing one’s physical geographical location and also everyday dwelling place and sense of spiritual belonging. The “place” thus indicates a state of figurative existence, while also symbolizing abstract and perceptual spatial cognition. The three contributing artists have created works based on the multiple interpretations of the concept of “place”, with illustrations of the Taiwanese culture, everyday scenarios and settings aesthetically integrated in their artworks. The objective of this exhibition is to introduce Taiwan through the unique and diverse artistic perspectives of these young …

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Amanda Tseng’s and Yuan Chin-Taa’s Ink Wash Paintings and Multi-Media Exhibition held at the Galleries of Arts Club of Washington

The Ministry of Culture, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York proudly presents Amanda Tseng’s Modern Ink Wash Painting Exhibition and Yuan Chin-Taa’s Ink Wash Paintings and Multi-Media Exhibition, two solo exhibitions held at Monroe and MacFeely Galleries, 2017 I Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. from March 7th through March 29th, 2014 with an Opening Reception on March 7th, 2014 from 6:30-9PM. Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, R.O.C. This show is organized by the Arts Club of Washington. These exhibitions comprise the following participating artists: Amanda Tseng and Yuan Chin-Ta About the Artists Amanda Tseng Amanda Tseng, a Chinese-American artist, is not your conventional painter. She spent two decades of her life in the U.S., completely immersed herself in the way of western life, where she developed her critical thinking and creative energy and gained new perspective on life.  Returning to Taiwan in 2006, Amanda devoted her artistic development in traditional Chinese ink wash painting, and was inspired by the Mother Nature and the power of Qi (life-force).  Unlike the traditional Chinese ink wash painters, Amanda no longer needs to rely on paintbrushes as the sole medium but using the motion, the flow, and the tension of …

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2014 Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concerts

Taipei Cultural Center will present Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concerts on February 23rd at Taiwan Academy. Once again we sincerely invite you to attend our concert. Pianists: Steven Lin, Alice Lu Date: Sunday, February 23rd at 2:30 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required. ※Thank you for interesting in this event. This event is now fully booked. Online RSVP is closed.  Steven Lin A victory at the 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition is the latest in a growing list of awards for Steven Lin, an immediately engaging and imaginative young Taiwanese American pianist.  The Baltimore Sun declared his recent performance “elegantly refined,” listening to Lin as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Baltimore Symphony.  His vibrant playing at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was recognized both by the critics (“…thoroughly enjoyable both as music and as a performance”–Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) and the judges, who selected him for the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award. Steven Lin’s artistry was clear from an early age when he was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at the age of ten to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A two-time winner of …

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Raising the Temperature: Art in Environmental Reactions

Opening reception: 3-5pm Sunday February 2nd, 2014, Exhibition continue to March 2nd, 2014 Curator: Luchia Meihua Lee Artists: Miya ANDO, Todd GAVIN, Kay H. LIN, Pey Chwen LIN, Jeremiah TEIPEN, Sarah WALKO, XI Fei, Marlene TSENG YU, Hai ZHANG “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-twentieth century…Global Mean Sea Level will continue to rise throughout the 21st century– From Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis Raising the Temperature, a partnership exhibition with the Rainforest Art Foundation, curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, addresses contemporary artistic response to observed anthropogenic challenges to the environment. The words Raising the Temperature are a metaphor for this issue which is the urgent responsibility of us all. No one is external to the social and cultural framework in which we live. This crisis is the result of decades of commitment to the priority of material value and economic centralization, to the exclusion of artistic expression, intellectual culture change, or sustainability. However, optimism demands a reconfiguration of lifestyle in the context of contemporary plurality and a re-estimation of global core values in Eco-preference.  Raising the Temperature comprises nine artists working in various media who …

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