Musicians from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan to join forces in end-of-year concert

Re-make in Asia to feature crossover collaborations by international musicians at Kaohsiung's Weiwuying art center

Wang Ying-chieh (left), South Korean Sim Woon-jung (center), and Fumi Tanakadate (right). (Weiwuying photo)

Wang Ying-chieh (left), South Korean Sim Woon-jung (center), and Fumi Tanakadate (right). (Weiwuying photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Three musicians from different countries and backgrounds will unite in the upcoming concert Re-make in Asia on Sunday (Dec. 13) at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Weiwuying.

As 2020 comes to an end, renowned Taiwanese erhu performer Wang Ying-chieh (王瀅絜) will share the stage with South Korean janggu player Sim Woon-jung and Japanese taiko and shinobue performer Fumi Tanakadate in an end-of-the-year performance. The concert will feature traditional Asian instruments, but a modern twist is meant to signify Asian women's breakaway from societal norms.

Wang, who is experienced in both Western classical music and Chinese traditional music, emphasized that every modern musician seeks to innovate. She said the trio has collaborated before and that they hope to introduce new pieces to a Taiwanese audience.

According to the National Center for Traditional Arts, Wang was the principal erhu player in the Taipei Chinese Orchestra but decided to become a soloist to explore more possibilities via international collaborations. She also serves as a music instructor at the University of Taipei, National Taiwan University of Arts, and Chinese Culture University.

Meanwhile, Sim has won prizes at numerous South Korean music competitions and is skilled in theater music, improvisation, and composition. Tanakadate is a long-time resident of New York, pianist, and singer specializing in classical and Japanese traditional music.

The trio will perform eight pieces, some of which were written by Taiwanese composer Li Yuan-chen (李元貞) and Japanese-American musician Kaoru Watanabe. The show is 80 minutes long and is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit the National Theater and Concert Hall website.

Updated : 2021-03-01 22:16 GMT+08:00