Hope Talk
The Making of New Taiwanese Pop Music
Hope Talk
The Making of New Taiwanese Pop Music
Aug 29
Vancouver Central Library

About the Program

"Mix up the traditional and the modern symbols, get rid of the clichés..."

Lilium has become an unmissable titan in Taiwan’s music scene for creating songs in their mother tongue.

At similar times in history, groups of people in Taiwan and Spain were banned from speaking their native languages under authoritarian regimes. After democratization, with efforts from the country and society to revitalize these mother tongues, more and more young creators are writing songs in Taiwanese, Hakka, and Indigenous languages, in genres ranging from folk songs to hip-hop to rock and roll. But Lilium takes it one step further: They meticulously incorporate traditional music familiar to the Taiwanese people into their songs, and use easy-to-understand spoken vocabulary to highlight the musicality of Taiwanese tones.

Get to know Taiwan’s most promising contemporary indie band:

  1. Discover their songs through the links below!
  2. Attend lead singer I-Shuo Lin’s Hope Talk on how Lilium’s unique music was born.
  3. Come and immerse yourself in the band’s exquisite repertoire live on the TAIWANfest stage!
AN EDUCATION PROGRAM ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIETY OF WE ARE CANADIANS TOO
I-Shuo Lin
Artist

I-Shuo Lin, the lead singer and core songwriter for Taiwanese indie band Lilium. He studied fine arts in both university and graduate school, and has dabbled in photography, performance arts, music, visual installations and so on. He loves learning. During his studies, he took various music courses and studied the diverse traditional arts of Taiwan and Asia, even apprenticing under a master to learn beiguan and nanguan. These studies continue to this day. I-Shuo listens to old Taiwanese programs and radio stations to improve his Taiwanese. Lilium’s music is based on these cultural elements and the lyrics are composed entirely in Taiwanese.

From the Curating Team

2024 Hope Talks explore how people absorb, transform, and recreate culture between the migration process. Speak of the past in order to move forward!

About the Program

"Mix up the traditional and the modern symbols, get rid of the clichés..."

Lilium has become an unmissable titan in Taiwan’s music scene for creating songs in their mother tongue.

At similar times in history, groups of people in Taiwan and Spain were banned from speaking their native languages under authoritarian regimes. After democratization, with efforts from the country and society to revitalize these mother tongues, more and more young creators are writing songs in Taiwanese, Hakka, and Indigenous languages, in genres ranging from folk songs to hip-hop to rock and roll. But Lilium takes it one step further: They meticulously incorporate traditional music familiar to the Taiwanese people into their songs, and use easy-to-understand spoken vocabulary to highlight the musicality of Taiwanese tones.

Get to know Taiwan’s most promising contemporary indie band:

  1. Discover their songs through the links below!
  2. Attend lead singer I-Shuo Lin’s Hope Talk on how Lilium’s unique music was born.
  3. Come and immerse yourself in the band’s exquisite repertoire live on the TAIWANfest stage!
AN EDUCATION PROGRAM ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIETY OF WE ARE CANADIANS TOO
I-Shuo Lin
Artist

I-Shuo Lin, the lead singer and core songwriter for Taiwanese indie band Lilium. He studied fine arts in both university and graduate school, and has dabbled in photography, performance arts, music, visual installations and so on. He loves learning. During his studies, he took various music courses and studied the diverse traditional arts of Taiwan and Asia, even apprenticing under a master to learn beiguan and nanguan. These studies continue to this day. I-Shuo listens to old Taiwanese programs and radio stations to improve his Taiwanese. Lilium’s music is based on these cultural elements and the lyrics are composed entirely in Taiwanese.

From the Curating Team

2024 Hope Talks explore how people absorb, transform, and recreate culture between the migration process. Speak of the past in order to move forward!

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