US diplomacy program awards Taiwan musician
A Taiwanese musician is among the 25 awarded fellows of a U.S. government-initiated music diplomacy program, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday.
Tsai Hui-ya ( ), a Taiwanese liuqin ( ) player, was among the awarded musicians from 17 different countries and territories for the 2015 OneBeat Fellows, the AIT announced on its Facebook page, yesterday.
Tsai is a multi-instrumentalist and educator. Her participation in the program marks the first time someone from Taiwan has taken part in what the New York Times described as “the United Nations of Music,” the AIT said.
The liuqin is a traditional four-stringed Chinese mandolin with a pear-shaped body.
The AIT stated that Tsai and all the winners of the program will fly to the U.S. to participate in the program that will run from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11, “to create collaborative cross-genre works, record innovative music, produce short videos, engage with local communities and practice music as civic engagement to promote resilient civil societies.”
OneBeat fellows are life-long ambassadors for their communities and cities; their combined voices create original works and projects that speak to audiences across the globe, the AIT added.
Now in its fourth year, the music diplomacy program was initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. The two-week residency will take place at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California.
The residency will be followed by a two-week tour that includes stops at Caldera Arts in central Oregon, stops at venues in Portland, Oregon and culminates with a stop in Seattle, Washington, according to the AIT.
To learn more about all of the selected fellows, visit: http://1beat.org/about/fellows/#2015.
For the tour schedule and upcoming performances see: http://1beat.org/2015/events or visit the program website at http://www.1beat.org.
Taiwanese musician Tsai Hui-ya ( ) is seen in this undated file photograph. A Taiwanese liuqin ( ) player, Tsai, was among the 25 awarded musicians admitted to the 2015 OneBeat Fellows, a U.S. government-initiated music diplomacy program.