Thursday, March 1, 2018

OAS008 : Minyen Hsieh - Ying-Da Chen / Deng Nan-Guang In Black & White Live At New Narratives Film Festival 2016

Cover art by Ying-Da Chen

OAS008 : Minyen Hsieh - Ying-Da Chen / Deng Nan-Guang In Black & White Live At New Narratives Film Festival 2016

In the early days of cinema, silent movies were actually not silent. While a film was shown on screen, movie-goers would hear music accompaniment, often performed live by a pianist or even a small orchestra at the theatre. 
We revisit this practice by inviting two musicians, saxophonist Minyen Hsieh and guitarist Chen Ying-da, to provide a live soundtrack to archival film footage made by Deng Nan-guang, a pioneer in Taiwanese photography. 
This 8mm footage serves as a rare visual document of the lives of ordinary Taiwanese and reflects the colonial history and political situation during the 1930s and 40s.

Minyen Hsieh, is a highly regarded, award-winning Taiwanese saxophonist. The Taipei native, born in 1981, started to perform professionally at the age of 19, and studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels. There he studied with John Ruocco and Jeroen Van Herzeele. His strong improvisation skills and rich tone has made him a coveted player in several genres varying from: jazz, rock, hip-hop, electronic to avant-garde. Outside of Taiwan, Minyen has also been welcomed to grace stages through Japan, China, HK, Macau, Malaysia and more. He won the Taichung Saxophone Competition in 2012, and regularly contributes to various jazz, pop and experimental projects in Taiwan. His most recent recording is the well-received, best-selling "Firry Path" (2014).

Ying-Da Chen, guitarist and composer. Born and raised in Taiwan, received his classical music education in Taipei - Soochow University and jazz music education in Holland - Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduated in 2012 with high opinion of "High artistic level; personal, unpredictable approach and compositions”. Currently working and living in Taipei, performing and writing music is his daily life. 

Besides the jazz music playing, free improvisational music and contemporary music are also his strengths. His music can be described as beautiful, private, and unsocial, which can be heard on his award winning album "R.E.M MOODS"(JAZZHUS DISK/Jp-3119) and his new album in 2017 "Animal Triste"(SONY MUSIC 88985494902).

 Minyen Hsieh - Ying-Da Chen

謝明諺 Minyen Hsieh  / Saxophones, Penny Whistle  
陳穎達 Ying-Da Chen   / Guitar
special guest:   Luca Ciarla (Italy) / Violin :

Recorded by Trees Music & Art
Mixing & Mastering by Pierre Vervloesem
Record date: 2016-10-29 at 客家音樂戲劇中心  Hakka Music And Theater Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Photos by Yang Wenching, 孔子君

More about this performance, and the New Narratives Film festival 2016:
here and here.

special thanks to:
- Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office. 
- Taiwan Film Institute
- Hakka Music And Theater Center 
- Trees Music & Art

Digital release on the 23rd of February 2018.
Track listing:
1: Deng Nan-Guang, Pt. 1
2: Deng Nan-Guang, Pt. 2 ( Feat Luca Ciarla)

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