Joanna is really an artist that I admire, especially for her unique views on things, and her ability to stand out from the crowd with bravery and independence. She causes a stir, but once you get to know her and her music, you find that she isn't just making a mountain out of a molehill. She is a really passionate singer who cares about her music and how it gets put out to the public in the form of albums. I really enjoyed watching her performance on the 20th at the Taipei museum of fine arts, which was a pretty low-key event, with her performing with an accompanist and her own guitar a selection of songs both from her new album <Midnight Cinema>, as well as other original songs that she's written, showcasing her unique point of view and personality.
For each and every song she had a story to tell, about why she wrote this song, what the song is trying to say, and what she wants others to get from her music. This is a really important part of being a person in the music industry, because if you can't get people to understand what you are trying to say from your music, then there really isn't much of a point in sharing the music with others. Some of the stories behind her songs were wacky, humorous; while others were more serious and deep. However, each and every song had an interesting message behind it which Joanna clearly put out to the audience during this performance. I truly enjoyed the performance, and hope to see her perform again soon!
This is one great opportunity you definitely shouldn't miss out on! James will be performing live at A House on the 22nd of March, and tickets are actually at quite reasonable prices (350NT). So if you're in Taipei, definitely recommend you to check him out! I guarantee that you will not be disappointed! He's a really talented artist who I feel would be even better live than on the album(which is saying a lot), so if you're into some great music and artists, this is the event for you!
Here are the details as below:
James 楊永聰 3/22 [Stay 停 看 聽歌會]
門票 3/7(五) 中午12:00 開賣 Tickets go on sale on the 7th of March (already on sale)
Time: 3/22 8pm @ A house
Address: Taipei City Da'an district FuxingSouth road first section alley 107 number 18
台北市大安區復興南路一段107巷5弄18號 => Chinese address if you're getting there by taxi
Telephone Number:(02)2778 8612
Price: 350NT (and a refreshment)
Where to get your tickets: http://www.walkieticket.com/product.aspx?P1=0000002696
If you're kind of low on funds while in taiwan but want to see some great performances, it's time to put on your swaggy threads and blend in with the high school crowd! In taiwan, it's really common for artists to be invited to perform at certain school events, and its also a great way for you to get to see your favourite artists at low prices, or sometimes free!
In this case, it's going to be held at Heping high school, and is free of charge to get in! But I probably should warn you, this probably entails some high school side acts who will be performing in between the larger acts. Anyway if you're still reading this, Lara Veronin will be performing, as will the talented Diana Wang and Rchord, making his debut back into the music scene after an extended period of hiatus. Should be a fun night, so if you're in taiwan and unafraid to re-enter your adolescent years for a night, see you there!
Venue: 和平高中活动中心4楼 Heping High School Activity center level 4
Price: Free entry
Time: 5.30 start queueing, 6pm doors open and 6.30 the performance starts
Date: 7th March, Friday
Taiwan's favourite cover singer the talented A-Fu will be holding a concert at Legacy on the 14th of March! Not only will she be performing her spin on popular songs, she will also perform songs from her own albums! I'm always excited to see what A-Fu comes up with because of her unique view of music. Come along if you want to catch a glimpse of the uniqueness of her music! Even if you don't understand Chinese, she will be singing some english songs (I hope), so come along and enjoy some good music!
Date: 14th March , Friday
Where: Legacy Taipei
Address:Legacy Taipei 傳 音樂展演空間（台北市八德路一段一號‧華山1914創意文化園區 中五館）
Price: 1000NT online purchasing ; 1200NT at the door
Go here to buy tickets: https://www.indievox.com/legacy/event-post/14361
Here for more information: http://www.legacy.com.tw/program_detail.php?ln=tw&BID=1714
See you there!
For those of you who will be in Taipei in the next week or so, be sure to catch this event by Sunny Frog Productions! They're a great team of musicians, production staff and artists that have decided to put together a show for you, with a selection of great artists including Lara梁心颐 , Mify,and many other promising artists! Come along and help to support the independent music scene!
Check out their facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunny-Frog-%E6%99%B4%E5%A4%A9%E8%9B%99%E8%9B%99/462704633812504
Venue: 西门町红楼河岸留言 Ximending Red House Riverside Venue
Time: Saturday, 21st of February, 8pm-11.30pm
Price: 500 NTD (you do the math)
*Note: Buying tickets at the door is an option, but you will have to pay 600NTD
Where to get tickets: http://tickets.books.com.tw/progshow/03050001235038
*Note:If using books.tw , international debit cards are also accepted as payment.
The Best Way To Get To The Venue:
MRT. Take the MRT/捷运 down to the Ximen stop and exit via the 红楼exit. On exiting the MRT, directly in front of you will be a red coloured building called 西门红楼(Ximen Red House); it is a free cultural exhibition. Follow the building around to the back side past the cafes and that's where it is. Taking a Taxi is also an option, just tell them the name of the place , 西门红楼 or 西门町河岸留言 and they will probably be able to take you there.
It's been my dream since I started getting to know more about Chinese music to be able to live in Taipei, and now I'm finally going to be able to! Starting from the 11th of February, I will be staying in Taipei for 139 days and hope to share parts of my experiences that may be helpful with readers everywhere! This may include upcoming events in Taipei, concert reviews, and just titbits on life in Taipei in general. (Feb 2014)