Local, foreign musicians to jazz up Taipei

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Music fans will be treated to a series of outdoor concerts at the annual Taipei Jazz Festival, which will kick off July 17 in Taiwan's capital, featuring groups from various countries. Jazz musicians from home and abroad will stage live performances during the bash from Friday to Sunday at Daan Forest Park. Among the participating groups is Hibriduz Jazz, one of the most popular jazz bands in Honduras, which will take to the stage on the first day of the festival. It will be the first time that a Honduran band has taken part in the event, the Honduran embassy said. Coming from Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, the eight-member band is known for infusing indigenous music with jazz, according to information on the festival's website. The city of Tegucigalpa has sisterhood ties with Taipei. Other participating groups include Philharmonia Moments Musicaux from Taiwan and Taiwanese jazz fusion group Sizhukong. Foreign musicians who will also perform include Mark Taylor, a drummer from the United Kingdom; Italian saxophonist Max Ionata; Andy Jaffe, an American jazz composer, performer and recording artist; and John Clark, a French horn player from the United States, according to the festival's website. (By Elaine Hou)