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Concert performances with Chi-pin Hsieh (jazz violin) and  Kai-ya Chang (piano) from Taiwan in collaboration withAfrican Music Maestro Dizu Plaatjies
and Cape Jazz Artists

Amanda Tiffin (voice)

Shaun Johannes (bass) & Kevin Gibson (drums)

15 – 22 October 2017 – Cape Town

As part of a special Taipei-Cape Collaboration, made possible by the Spotlight Taiwan Project, visiting Taiwanese jazz musicians Chi-pin Hsieh (jazz violin) and Kai-ya Chang (piano) will join forces with Cape Town jazz musicians Amanda Tiffin, Shaun Johannes and Kevin Gibson to present a series of special performances in Cape Town from 15 to 22 October 2017.

The music of Chi-pin Hsieh and Kai-ya Chang is a unique blend of jazz, classical and traditional Taiwanese elements. Promising a sensational, experience, audiences can expect to hear the velvet voice of Cape Town jazz vocalist Amanda Tiffin, blended with the soulful violin of Chi-pin Hsieh, backed by the dynamic rhythms of Gibson, Johannes, and Chang, woven together with the very special sounds of Africa from award winning maestro, Dizu Plaatjies.The Spotlight Taiwan initiative is facilitated by the Taipei Liaison Office, Cape Town, through the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan. The project seeks to promote international cultural exchanges and cultivate a greater interest in and appreciation of Taiwan’s culture worldwide.

On Sunday 15 October at 6.30pm, the ensemble will come together to create a blended sound, an intermingling of different cultures in music, before Dizu flies to perform in Taiwan.   This concert takes place in the Chisholm Recital Room, South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town (UCT).  Booking is through Quicket

Two more concerts (without Dizu) will be held on 21 October at the Kronendal Music Academy in Hout Bay at 7pm

and on 22 October at the Olympia Bakery, Kalk Bay at 6pm.

Tickets for Kronendal cost R130. Book  or call 021 790 4457.  Olympia Bakery tickets are R150.  Book or contact Paul Kahanovitz on 082 892 0350.

In addition to the performances (21 & 22 Oct) there will be an open rehearsal on Sunday 15 October at 12.00 in the Chisholm Recital Room at the SA College of Music at UCT.

This rehearsal offers an exclusive opportunity for members of the public to witness the musical collaboration and creation of new music.

  • Audience members get to watch the process of blending of music cultures from Taiwan and Africa between international artists.
  • Audience will also have the opportunity to interact with the artists following the rehearsal, to ask questions, and gain insight into the collaborative process.

Entry is free but as space is limited, reservations need to be made via Quicket

There is a public lecture on 18 October at 6.30pmentitled: “Creating new with old: Incorporating Taiwanese traditional music influences in the Contemporary Jazz Compositions of Hsieh and Chang”. They will be talking about the composition process, perform a selection of numbers from their albums and discuss jazz and music in Taiwan.    There will be a Q&A session after the lecture, which is in Room S4, at the SA College of Music at UCT. Entrance is free.  

Chi-pin Hsieh and Kai-ya Chang have created their own distinctive sound which traverses a wide selection of musical styles: swing, bop, fusion, funk to which they love to add “Taiwanese flavour” into their original music – Childhood memories, life scenes, local landscapes and customs, even tasty snacks are all integrated into their compositions and improvisations, resulting in a kind of oriental jazz style.

For more information call 021 434 4951 / 082 892 5877.

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