US diplo­macy pro­gram awards Tai­wan mu­si­cian

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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:­lows/#2015.

For the tour sched­ule and up­com­ing per­for­mances see: or visit the pro­gram web­site at


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.

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