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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

Film Series Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History 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 premieres. Free admission. This series is part of Mid-Manhattan Library’s Sunday Movies program. All screenings will take place at the Library (455 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor. New York) Hebei Taipei Li Nien-hsiu, …

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2017 Taiwan Culture Month Kicks off May 18

PROGRAM May 18-June MUSIC 音樂會 POETRY, SIZHU AND TAIWANESE OPERA BY CHAI FOUND MUSIC WORKSHOP 采風樂坊絲竹音樂會 Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York) This performance will be followed by a Q &A session with the musicians. Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing) Sun., May 28 afternoon, Passport to Taiwan Festival, Union Square North Sizhu(絲竹), a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of the Chai Found Music Workshop (hereafter referred to as CFMW). CFMW’s music performances blends multi-directional components, such as including Taiwanese folksongs, traditional Taiwanese Opera, old Mandarin ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musicals, oriental musical theater, and orchestration, with ethnic musical instruments. In this performance, CMFW will bring to the 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, novel arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu” CMFW will perform specially commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; while in “Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style. IMPRESSION FORMOSA—A …

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Chi-Wen Gallery Presents New Work by Chieh-Chi Chang and Yin-Ju Chen at Frieze New York’s Main Section

For its third consecutive appearance at Frieze New York and first time in the art fair’s Main Section, Chi-Wen Gallery will present Chien-Chi Chang’s The War That Never Was (2017) and Yin-Ju Chen’s Extrastellar Evaluations (2016). In the video The War That Never Was, Chang interviews his mother, who was born in 1938 in a poor region of Taiwan. His questions are about her life as a wife, a mother and a laborer. With her life dedicated to survival, global affairs have little meaning to her and she never heard of the Cold War. The questions juxtapose important family moments with historical events during the Cold War, presented as archival photographs, film and sketches. The presentation is complemented with a sound installation “You and the Atomic Bomb by George Orwell 1945,” in which Stephen Barnes reads the famous George Orwell essay “You and the Atomic Bomb” that coined the term “Cold War.” Chen explores the function of power in human society, collective thinking and collective unconsciousness, and most recently the relationship between human behavior and the cosmos. Extrastellar Evaluations continues her research into dystopia, conspiracy and art history. Referencing a theory within biogeography that posited the existence of a “lost …

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2 Taiwanese Animated Films CHAI and BART at 2017 NYC Indie Film Festival, May 4 and 6

Taking place May1st–May 7th, 2017, this year’s NYC Indie Film Festival showcases a lineup of over 250 films from over 30 countries, including two incredible animated works from Taiwan, Chai (Destroy) and Bart, which will be presented on May 4th and May 6th at The Producers’ Club. Bart, also selected by ATHENS ANIMFEST 2017 and nominated by the Golden Horse Awards 2016, tells a story of the Orphan girl Bart who survives by living in abandoned van collecting garbage. One day she brings the garbage dolls magically back to life. The cruel Town of Wonders mayor burns out Bart and her garbage friends, who sacrifice themselves for Bart. Lonely and desperate, Bart strikes to avenge. Taiwanese band CHANG AND LEE’s music video Chai (Destroy) is also selected for this year’s edition of NYC Indie Film Festival after it has been nominated for Best Lyrics at the Golden Melody Awards 2016, the biggest Taiwanese music award, featuring mandarin pops and bands across Asia. The story behind this song exactly reflects those that have dwelt in Taiwan for most of their life, trying to find out the most faithful affections within this vulnerable life. Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, the NYC …

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Meet the author of City of the Queen in Detroit

Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Sat, April. 15, 2017 Location: West Bloomfield Library 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323 Contact: tflai@msn.com Theresa Chang (517) 265-8185 Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michigan Taiwanese American Organization The lecture and discussion is open to the public with novelist Shih Shu-Ching and the Professor of Chinese Tze-Lan Sang from Michigan State University. The topic of the lecture will focus on the writings of North American Chinese authors. First, the speaker and Taiwanese writer Shih Shu-Ching will review the history of United States immigration policy towards Chinese people. She will then present the English novels and scriptures of Lin Yutang and Li Jinyang over the last century, Taiwanese student literature, as well as new immigrant literature since the 1980s. The speech will be an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of writers who live abroad, focus on the cultural phenomenon of Chinese talent, and compare their situation to that of American Jewish writers. Shih Shu-Ching is one of the most influential cultural figures in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her novels include The Barren Years, Passing by Loytsin, and Blush of Intoxication. She gained notice for …

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Taiwan Comic Artists come to MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

The annual New York MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at the “Metropolitan West” in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, on April 1st and 2nd. This exhibition features independent comics, and cartoon artists. The Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to present two emerging comic artists, 61Chi and Crystal KUNG in the festival with the hope of elevating the international visibility of Taiwanese comics and graphic novels in the US. MoCCA Arts Festival Information: Venue: Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th Street), Taipei Cultural Center Booth: G230 Date: April 1-2, 2017, 11am to 6pm Organizer: Society of Illustrators Website: https://www.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festival Comics Workshop Information: This workshop is co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center and the New York Public Library. Artists 61Chi and Crystal KUNG will present living drawing. This workshop is free and open to the public. Date: April 3rd, 2017, 6:30pm to 8pm Venue: Co-Lab Room, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Avenue) About the Comics Artists: 61Chi 61Chi was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1988. In 2007, she published her first Doujinshi illustration book and has so far published more than a dozen books. In 2014, her first comic work “ROOM” with Dala Publishing company marked the beginning of her career as a professional comic …

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Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art Opens from March 30th at QCC Art Gallery

On view from March 30th at QCC Art Gallery, REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art showcases 24 artists whose extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature, environmental and social issues take flight in a convergence of painted, woven, netted, sewn, assembled and installed artworks. Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, Fangling Tseng, Faustino Quintanilla, and Amy Winter , Rewoven is an international collaboration between the Taiwanese American Arts Council, New York; the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, CUNY; and the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. While some pieces incorporate traditional craft, most of the artists use contemporary strategies to transform natural, industrial, and waste materials into works of wit, whimsy, protest, and beauty that address the endangered Earth. Each piece displays ingenuity in redefining the practice of fiber art. In pursuit of a radical agenda, these compelling voices reexamine innovation, social justice, and art history in a distinctly Taiwanese context. Of the artists, 15 are from Taiwan while nine are New York based. The exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. Exhibition Information Dates: March 30 – June 20, 2017 Venue: QCC Art …

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