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Musician named Taiwan's first fellow of 'United Nations of Music'

Musician named Taiwan's first fellow of 'United Nations of Music'

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Female musician Tsai Hui-ya (???) has become the first Taiwanese to be named a fellow of a U.S.-sponsored program described by the New York Times as the "United Nations of Music," the American Institute in Taiwan announced Friday. Tsai, who plays a Chinese string instrument called the "liuqin," will join with 24 other musicians selected from 16 countries and territories to participate in the OneBeat 2015 Program in the United States from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11. The musicians will collaborate to create cross-genre works, record innovative music, produce short form videos, engage with local communities and practice music as civic engagement to promote resilient civil societies, according to an AIT Facebook post. In the post, Tsai is described as a multi-instrumentalist and an educator. OneBeat fellows are life-long ambassadors for their communities and cities, and their combined voices create original works and projects that speak to audiences across the globe, the AIT said. Now in its fourth year, OneBeat, a music diplomacy program initiated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will return to Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California for a two-week residency. The residency will be followed by a two-week tour that includes stops at Caldera Arts in central Oregon and venues in Portland, Oregon before culminating in Seattle. The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic relations. (By Tang Pei-chun and Tung Ning)


Updated : 2021-09-26 18:25 GMT+08:00