X

Taichung, Hometown Series 4: Performing in Taichung Jazz Festival !!

 

Whether the day brings you rain or shine, always put on your best performance...

 

I am so honored to have been invited to perform at the Taichung Jazz Festival 2017 (台中爵士音樂節) alongside three amazing musicians: Jordan Peters on Guitar, Kevin Warren on drums, and Nicolas Bedard on Bass  from Montreal, Canada. Despite the long, arduous flight they endured to participate in this spectacular event, they managed to deliver an incredible performance.

 

Together, we played Canadian Contemporary from Jazz Composer Jash Rager, Min Rager’s tunes, a few of my songs, my arrangement of Mandarin Pop songs, and Chick Corea’s tunes. Our collaborative goal was to present a different style of Jazz to introduce that unique beauty to our audience.

 

Any outdoor festival is always fun, but can be a bit tricky from time to time. This time, it was raining really hard and despite how uncomfortable the audience must have felt, there was surprisingly a large crowd before us. What started off as an annoyance, slowly evolved into a beautiful, romantic sound that made for great background noise for our performance.

 

Not was I graced with my fans’ presence, I also had the pleasure to perform for a few of my family members, including grandmother, mother, aunts, uncle,  aunt in law and cousins. Even my students, my local friends and long distant friends, supported me at my show. I am so grateful to have everyone’s love and support!   

 

So much thanks for 台中市政府文化局 for doing such a meaningful event each and every year. Also, many thanks to 力饌堂 for organizing this huge event so professionally. Everything went efficiently and smoothly.

 

The Taichung Jazz Festival 2017 was nothing I had expected it to be, but as the first time performing in the rain amongst a large crowd of familiar and unfamiliar faces, I will remember this event forever! I would love to see you all next year! 

 

Stay tuned! Keep following my blog. The Video of this show will be online SOON!

 

VIDEO: “How To Live” Performance at Salotto Palatino in Rome, Italy

How you live your life each day reflects the true character of your spirit.

Rome is an enchanting city, filled with so much culture, history and style. It was the perfect setting to perform this magnificent original composition, "How To Live," from the latest EP "The Journey On Earth, Vol. 2: Stories of Time. Accompanied by two incredible musicians, Dario Piccioni and Nicolò di Caro, this pop song is added with some Japanese pop flavor to perfectly mixes with Jazzy feel. Hope you enjoy this song! Read More »

VIDEO: “Does Tradition Exist in the 21st Century” At RockWood Music Hall In New York City

As beautiful as tradition is, is it holding us back from breaking free into our creative world?

 

I performed “Does Tradition Exist in the 21st Century to wrap up my New York performance at Rockwood Music Hall. I wrote this piece in 2005 when I started recognizing how technology started influencing the way people lived. What fascinated me was the discrepancy between the modern and traditional way of thinking, and what important values continued on in our progressing culture and what values remained in the past. Read More »

VIDEO: “The Chaos of The Snow” At RockWood Music Hall In New York City

Finding stimulation in the chaos that surrounds my life in order to reach my highest goal and true destination.

"The Chaos of the Snow" is an original piece I wrote when I was attending McGill University. Like most college students, I was eager to become who I wanted to be. Nothing seemed for liberating than living on my own and conquering the world as a brand new, educated woman. But the duties of college were keeping me from the real world. So, as the determined woman that I am, I decided to double my workload and finish college in 2 years, as oppose to the traditional 4-year timeline. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed in the midst of the hectic weather and stresses of school. Read More »

1 2 3 4
On Instagram
AMANDA YIYEN