Taiwanese Waves returns to Central Park’s SummerStage in 2017, Showcasing Taiwan’s Vibrant and Multicultural Music Scene to New York
What happens when music from one of Asia’s foremost cultural centres is displaced in a concrete jungle like New York? One can only know for sure by attending the Taiwanese Waves event at New York’s legendary SummerStage venue on the 29th of July.
After the success of last year’s showcase which drew the biggest crowd recorded in SummerStage’s 30 year history, Taiwanese Waves is back again this year, featuring award-winning Taiwanese artists such as Sangpuy, FireEX, Berry J and Dadado Huang.
Boasting three of Taiwan’s uniquely skilled musical acts, Yen expressed that this years’ showcase is focused on showcasing Taiwan’s diverse set of cultures.
“Both New York and Taiwan are made up of many diverse cultures. This year we are bringing three sets representing three styles and three languages, Mandarin, Taiwanese and Puyuma.”
Listen to Taiwanese Waves 2017 Artists
This years’ lineup will not just be performing in Mandarin, but also in the other dialects and languages that are native to Taiwan. Performing this year are Sangpuy, the winner of Taiwan’s 24th Golden Melody Awards in Indigenous Music, indie folk legends Berry J and Dadado Huang and FireEX, the band behind runaway hit ‘Island’s Sunrise’.
Showcase organiser Mia Min Yen spoke to us about her intention behind organising the performance, revealing her passion for crossing cultural barriers and encouraging diversity. In particular, given her Taiwanese heritage she describes her motivation to share their music as her means of giving back:
“I am proud of the music from my hometown, it is the roots of how I got into the music scene; that is why I want to share it with the whole world. It is same as if you took a good photo and you want the whole world to see it; or you read a good book, and you want everyone around you to read it. I'm sharing what I am passionate about… Good music crosses (cultural) boundaries. It is just a matter of when and where you get to exposed to that music." Thus, I would like to create this platform/an opportunity for people in the west to hear, to see, to have a taste of what music in the east sounds like.”
Indeed, given the success of last years’ showcase, this years’ is sure to wow audiences and provide them with an even greater insight into Taiwan’s music beyond its bubblegum exterior.
This event is hosted by Taiwanese Waves, Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Tourism, Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation, Teresa Teng Foundation, McSam Hotel Group, China Airlines, On-Line Entertainment and multiple local businesses in New York.
Taiwanese Waves will be held at SummerStage in New York (Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (East 69th St, New York) at 6PM on the 29th of July. Entrance is free.
Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival has begun preparations for their 10th anniversary festivities, and have announced Bristol Trip-Hop legends Massive Attack and Canadian indie-rock chanteuse Feist amongst artists performing this year.
The festival will go from Friday, November 17th to Sunday November 19th at Central Harbourfront in Hong Kong.
Massive Attack will close the festival on Sunday with a spectacular full live show that will also be their only Southeast Asian show for the year. They will also be joined by singer-songwriter Feist.
As for Asian acts representing at this years’ festivities, Korean R&B singer DEAN, the off-the-charts Chinese rap group Higher Brothers, Taiwanese indie band Hello Nico and Hong Kong rock pop band Supper Moment will be gracing Clockenflap stages this year.
Other acts announced include Portland indie-rockers The Dandy Warhols (hits include Bohemian Like You and Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth), Tinariwen, and Hong Kong Indie legends Fan Hung A, who are reuniting especially for this special performance.
This years’ festival will include four Asian festival exclusive performances, two special sets and nine Hong Kong debut appearances. An event which brings together the best from the East and the West, Clockenflap’s tenth anniversary show is not one you will want to miss.
Tickets for the Festival which takes place from November 17th to November 19th are on sale no. Fans can take advantage of Early Bird discount prices until July 4 2017.
Asian-American YouTube sweetheart Kina Grannis has recently announced that she will be holding a showcase in Singapore on the 18th of June at Hood bar and cafe at 7pm.
The last time she was supposed to come to Singapore on tour, she along with Singaporean singer-songwriter Gentle Bones and several others were held in Jakarta due to issues with their performance permit.
This time, she'll be in Singapore filming for the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Crazy Rich Asians, and decided to make up for lost time with a gig here while she was at it!
During the performance Kina will be playing some of her new songs as well as old favourites such as Valentine, and will be headlining alongside opening acts such as Imaginary Future and The Facade.
Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are going for $68 a pop. See you there!
Find out more about Kina's Singapore performance on her website, and get tickets here.
Kina's message to Singapore fans!
Listen to Kina's new single "When will I learn"
Dubbed the 'Peoples' band' of Taiwan, FIRE EX., one of the most critically acclaimed Rock bands in Taiwan are bringing their tasteful, heartwarming brand of Rock to the American market in a 4-stop U.S. Tour.
Making stops at San Francisco on the 19th of July, Los Angeles (21st July), Boston (23rd July) and ending with a final stop in New York City to perform at the Taiwanese Waves Showcase, the band who are fiercely proud of their Taiwanese heritage will show you a side to Taiwan's music you've never expected.
Taking home the 'Best Single' award at the 26th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan (the equivalent of the Chinese Grammys) for their single 'Island's Sunrise', many of the Kaohsiung-bred band's songs touch on topics relevant to the political and cultural landscape of Taiwan.
The single in question brought them international coverage as they wrote in in support of students protesting at the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taipei, and quickly became the anthem of that year's protesting efforts.
Performing mainly in Taiwanese dialect, the band's sound is hearty, moving and inspiring, adhering closely to Rock tradition, but with a meaningful, uniquely Taiwanese twist inserted through their melodies and lyrics.
Don't miss out on their U.S. performances this July!
7/19 SF - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
7/21 LA - UNION
7/23 BOSTON - Great Scott
7/29 NYC - Taiwanese Waves Summer Stage
For more information check out FIRE EX''s website or contact email@example.com.
Attention to all North American fans of Chinese music! Taiwanese Rock legends Mayday have just announced that they will be taking their [LIFE] tour to North America this November.
The Taiwanese band's world tour, which is slated to perform over 100 shows worldwide has added dates for Vancouver (November 8), San Jose (November 10), Anaheim (November 11), Houston (November 15), Brooklyn (November 18), Chicago (November 21) and Toronto (November 26).
The band, composed of Ashin, Monster, Stone, Masa and Ming have been well-loved by Taiwanese and Asian audiences alike since their debut in the late 1990s, and have rightfully secured themselves a place as one of the most successful and popular Taiwanese rock bands of the last two decades through their meaningful, yet electrifying and oftentimes playful brand of Rock.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary year, the band has put their all into the [LIFE] tour, which promises electrifying performances as well as impressive production which was designed by Creative Director LeRoy Bennett of Seven Design Works. Bennett has previously worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars.
As a special thank-you to their fans, in March this year the band also held an outdoor concert in Taipei which attracted over 35000 fans and 101 million hits on the livestream.
Be sure to save the date if you're partial to hearing Ashin croon some of the band's most classic hits such as 'Gentle', 'Suddenly Missing You' and 'Don't Want You To Be Alone', and headbanging along to their more upbeat tracks such as 'Cheers' and 'Washing Machine'!
Mayday Tour Dates
November 8 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
November 10 San Jose, CA SAP Center
November 11 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
November 15 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center
November 18 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
November 21 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
November 26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
For more information, please visit www.livenationentertainment.com
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