TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 2020 NTCH Summer Jazz Outdoor Party featuring three groups of Taiwanese musicians will get underway Saturday (Aug. 22) at the National Theater and Concert Hall's (NTCH) main plaza.
The concept of the event is "life is jazz." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, real-name registration is required in advance.
The annual Jazz Outdoor Party attracts an audience of about 30,000 people most years, according to NTCH General and Artistic Director Liu Yi-ru (劉怡汝). However, due to the pandemic, the number of attendees is expected to be lower this year.
Liu said that registration is necessary and can be done online, with nearly 8,000 people having registered as of press time. The event starts at 5 p.m.
Because of the pandemic, foreign artists cannot come to Taiwan, hence the three groups are all Taiwanese musicians. They include renowned indigenous music producer and drummer Yabu Mona (李守信), pop singer 9m88, and trumpet player Stacey Wei (魏廣晧).
Mona said his performance would combine indigenous and Latin music.
The talented 9m88 has been nominated for the 2020 Golden Melody Award in the categories of Song of the Year, Best Single Producer, and Best New Vocal for her latest single "Airplane Mode" from the album "Beyond Mediocrity."
9m88 shared that she has been to previous Jazz Outdoor parties and really liked the vibe. Since this will be her first time to perform at the event, she will sing something a little different from her well-known R&B and pop music back catalog.
Summer Jazz Outdoor Party will take place at National Theater and Concert Hall main plaza. (Taiwan News photo)
Wei and Mona (right) give impromptu performance at promotional press conference. (Taiwan News photo)