March 13 (Workshop), 2010
March 14 (Concert), 2010
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
(800) 8425387March 19, 2010
demo & performance at Cab Calloway School of the Arts
100 N. Dupont Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
(302) 6512700March 22, 2010
workshop at Music Department, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Performance at Music Department, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TXMarch 23, 2010
workshop at Modern Language Department, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Performance at Ruth Taylor Concert Hall, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Chai Found Music Workshop is a traditional Taiwanese Music ensemble dedicated to the musical form of Sizhu (? si = silk, ? zhu = bamboo), a style of Chinese chamber music strongly rooted in improvisation. Sizhu music originated at the end of the 19th century in the tea houses of Southern China, typically with the players sitting at a table and drinking tea while performing. The delicate, refined Sizhu style contrasts sharply against the vigorous sound of more percussion-oriented styles in Chinese Music. Chai Found Music Workshop is one of the few groups keeping up this tradition while at the same time extending it into modern artistic forms. Unlike other groups, Chai Found Music Workshop performs exclusively on Chinese instruments: Erhu (Chinese violin), Di (various bamboo flutes), Pipa (Chinese Lute), Guzheng (Chinese Zither), Yangqin (Chinese Dulcimer), Ruan (Chinese Guitar), Liuqin (Chinese ukulele), and Sheng (Chinese mouth organ).
The concert program Silk and Bamboo spans a broad range of musical moods, timbres, and tempos, comprising traditional pieces, modern Sizhu style compositions by Taiwanese composers, arrangements of Taiwanese folksongs, and influences from different regional styles of Sizhu music. It displays Chai Found Music Workshop's astonishing instrumental skills and musical versatility in playing the traditional music of their culture.
Since its founding in 1991 Chai Found Music Workshop has performed countless concerts throughout Taiwan, in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The group is renowned for its diligent and subtle musical interpretations, and a rare example of an Eastern music group playing Western Contemporary Music with equal quality and dedication. Over the years, Chai Found Music Workshop has played hundreds of countless arrangements and original pieces of traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music encompassing many regional styles and historical periods: Beiguan (??) (Northern style), Jiangnan (??) (Shanghai style), Guangdong (????) Yinyue (Cantonese style), as well as Taiwanese Opera music Gezai (??), and Taiwanese folk songs in arrangements by composers from Taiwan.