10/21 Chen Mingchang & the Formosa Danshui Wandering Minstrels │Taiwan

Earth stage|10/21(Sat.) 18:30
Poets with a classic folk style in the Fukien dialect


The Formosa Danshui Wandering Minstrels was formed in autumn 1996 by a group of friends who all love music. Chen Ming-chang has melded into his work a number of elements from traditional Taiwanese opera, which he saw and heard as a child. Later, he mixed the Eastern pentatonic scale, nanguan music, beiguan music and Taiwanese opera into a brand new style. He also transformed the eight-part polyphonic singing of Taiwan’s Bunun indigenous people into a unique guitar style that evokes the sound of the sea lapping against the shore, thereby creating an inimitable “ocean guitar” style and opening up a new way of using the guitar to compose his own unique brand of folk music. The group now includes Siao Shi-wei, who plays almost any kind of stringed instrument, including the erhu, daguangxian, kezaixian; drummer Jhong Cheng-da, who combines the spirits of East and West; Lin Lin-an, a Chinese flutist; and Huang Pei-yu, who plays backup guitar and bass. With the injection of Eastern instruments and musical styles, Chen Ming-chang strives to bring his music to the international stage, enabling Taiwanese music to modernize without losing its traditions.

Lecture@Tent|10/20(Fri.) 15:30
My Yueqin, My Song—A Folk Poet’s Yearning for Music


From his earliest days with the Blacklist Workshop and the incidental music for the hit film Dust in the Wind to his work composed around the yueqin, just what kind of music does the highly-respected Taiwanese-language folk musician and poet Chen Mingchang make now?