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City of Fusion: The 2018 Taipei Jazz Music Festival

City of Fusion: The 2018 Taipei Jazz Music FestivalEntering its 12th year, the 2018 Taipei Jazz Music Festival will take place starting September 9 at the Jazz Plaza next to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation building. The event is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs.
 
For this year’s event, there will be a stage event for new talents, a live jazz music concert at the end of the month, and 4 jazz seminar sessions, 4 school campus workshops, and 2 classes led by international jazz masters. Information and registration are available at the official Chinese website of the event: https://www.taipeijazzfestival.info/
 
Working with TRTC on Jazz New Talent Show
 
In the afternoon of September 8 and 9, the Jazz New Talent Show will take place at the Jazz Plaza outside Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) administration building located within walking distance of Zhongshan Underground Book Street and MRT Shuanglian Station. A total of six ‘new talent’ performers and bands will take to stage during the two-day event, bringing exciting music to the crowd. There will also be a small market event with various craft vendors, while swing dancers will perform with the stage music to provide visitors with a taste of jazz-themed dances.
 
Jazzy Night at Songshan Culture and Creative Park
 
In the evening of September 28 through 30, the organizer will be holding the “Live with Jazzy Feel” concert at the Songshan Culture and Creative Park. A total of 6 domestic jazz groups and Jazz Festival frequents will take to the stage, including JEG, NTU Riot Jazz Orchestra, and BAZAAR. The renowned Kupa Orchestra, founded in 1953, and the Ka Dao Yin Band – the winner of the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music – will also make their debut at the jazz galore.
 
Diversified Jazz Music Promotion Helps Build a City of Fusion
 
Starting September 8, a series of jazz seminars will be held for 4 consecutive Saturday nights at the TRTC administration building. Guest speakers include jazz music experts Daniel Shen, Tzara Lin, Tung Shuen-wen, and Ajax.
 
The first session will feature radio show host Daniel Shen speaking on the topic of “Voice of the City – World Jazz Music Scene”. The event will introduce the audience to the different jazz festivals of different countries and cities and jazz fusion resulting from the meeting of different cultures. The second seminar “Jazz Sounds and Visions – On Jazz Movies” will invite Tzara Lin to speak on the chemistry reaction resulting from jazz music’s meeting with the visual effects of movies. Tung Shuen-wen, one of the members of Timeless Fusion Party, will take about “Sound of Fusion – Contemporary Jazz Music Composition” on how creativity enables jazz music to merge with other music forms such as pop music and classic music to give birth to new art forms. Finally, director Ajax of Kuba Orchestra will unveil the transformation and changes of Taipei’s jazz scenes across sixty years during the seminar on “Taipei Jazz History Live.”
 
Furthermore, to nurture young domestic jazz talents and offer up-and-coming jazz musicians an opportunity to perform on stage and promote jazz music at school campuses, the event organizers will also hold 4 jazz workshops at Fu Jen Catholic University, National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and Taipei National University of the Arts. Celebrities include Jennifer Hung, Dafu, Datou Chang, and Peng Yu-wen will serve as guest lecturers at the workshops.
 
Jazz New Talent Show
Date: September 8 – 9
Time: 16:00 – 19:00
Venue: TRTC Administration Building Jazz Plaza
 
Jazz Night Concerts

Date Time Venue Performers
September 28 18:30 – 20:30  
 
 
Songshan Culture & Creative Park
JEG, Taipei Youth Jazz Orchestra
September 29 18:30 – 20:30 Bazaar, NTU Riot Jazz Orchestra
September 30 18:30 – 20:30 Kupa Orchestra, Ka Dao Yin Band
 
Jazz Seminars
Venue: Auditorium, TRTC Administration Building
Date Time Topic Speaker
September 8 19:00  Voice of the City – World Jazz Music Scene Daniel Shen
September 15 19:00 Jazz Sounds and Visions – On Jazz Movies Tzara Lin
September 22 19:00 Sound of Fusion – Contemporary Jazz Music Composition Tung Shuen-wen
September 29 19:00 Taipei Jazz History Live Ajax
 
Jazz Workshops
Date Time Venue Lecturer
September 23 14:00 – 16:00 Fu Jen Catholic University Jennifer Hung
September 30 14:00 – 16:00 National Taiwan University Dafu
October 7 19:00 – 21:00 National Taiwan Normal University Datou Chang
October 14 14:00 – 16:00 Taipei National University of the Arts Peng Yu-wen
 

Chinese website: https://www.taipeijazzfestival.info/
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