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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!

 

Taichung, Hometown Series 3: Zero Space 孵空間

 

Even in the midst of city chaos, you can find beauty on every corner...

 

There is a lot of development happening around my hometown, including this new industrial hot spot. Zero Space is the modern zen corner of my hometown and an attraction for photographers and artists alike. It’s simple, modern and fulfills the desire of futurism. Read More »

Taichung, Home Town Series 2: 審計新村, The Vintage Soul

Creativity is all around you, if you manage to see beyond the history of its walls...

 

My hometown is full of culture and creativity on every corner, and 審計新村 is one of them. What was previously a dormitory of the staff of the government is now a community of cultural creativity with tons of creative shops and restaurants. What makes this feature extra special is the historical feeling it gives, as it stands in its original setting from an older era all while transforming into a lively, artistic spot for young artists and creatives. Read More »

Performing on the Main Stage: Jazz Talk from Montreal, feat. Amanda Wu

I am thrilled to be invited to play at the Taichung Jazz Festival this Friday, October 13th, with my fellow Canadian musician friends, Jazz Talk from Montreal! The Taichung Jazz Festival has been a prominent festival in my hometown for the past eight years. Not only has being in my hometown been a great experience for me at this point in my career, the ability to bring all that I have learned from my previous education in Canada to my hometown is rewarding! It feels like I am able to convey my musical growth from the western country back to where it all began, my home.
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Taichung, Home Town Series 1: Yide Mansion 一德洋樓

 

Sometimes the greatest experiences are the ones you are most familiar with...

I have traveled far and wide and added many great stories to my life, and now I found myself where it all began, my hometown of Taichung, Taiwan. When I meet people for the first time, they assume I am either North American or European. It’s what my spirit portrays. However, it was actually Taiwan that was the foundation of where the free spirited in me developed. Taichung City is the third biggest city in Taiwan, and although not big enough to tie me down forever, big enough to embrace me for my return. Read More »

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