2023

Featured Performance
Splendid Formosa

About the Program

How does Eastern orchestral music, with its long history, cultivate a unique identity in Taiwan? How does traditional Chinese music break stereotypes by re-interpreting Western-style compositions?

Putting their faith in using Chinese orchestral music to tell Taiwan’s most beautiful stories, the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO) prides itself on its roots in Taiwan’s local culture. Their main repertoire incorporates Taiwanese elements and local cultural influences. In addition to Indigenous folk songs and Taiwanese classic ballads, there are also many new pieces by Taiwanese composers that blend old and new melodies. These compositions utilize popular music harmonies and techniques, reinterpreted through the plucked string ensemble of Chinese music, giving each piece a distinctive flavour. In line with this year’s theme of the Era of Exploration, the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan will also present Taiwanese music that combines classical symphonic or Western folk styles, echoing the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures.

This year, the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan will perform live at TAIWANfest, showcasing Chinese orchestral music that embodies both innovation and tradition, and sharing the uniqueness of Taiwan’s music and culture. Let us immerse ourselves in their splendid sound, connecting Taiwan with the world through captivating music!

National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan
Artist Background

The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan is affiliated with the National Center for Traditional Arts, and is a national-level Chinese Orchestra under the Ministry of Culture. Composed of elites from Taiwan’s traditional music circles, they are determined to explore traditions, acknowledge their homeland, and embrace the contemporary era. Their works take root in Taiwan’s traditional music, conveying Taiwan’s aesthetic through breathtaking performances, aiming to enhance the realm of Taiwanese music. The world is their stage, and music is the brush they wield to paint Taiwan’s self-portrait.

From the Curating Team

Indigenous communities in Canada and Taiwan are reclaiming their heritage, blending traditional and contemporary art into a refreshing take on the journey of self-identity. This performance series showcases the beauty of cultural convergence, featuring Chinese orchestral music, Indigenous songs, and electronic music.

National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan

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TAIWANfest Vancouver is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered here, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples of this land while we engage in meaningful conversations of culture and reconciliation.

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