Eric Mandala and his world music fusion group, Mandala, play tonight at Bliss.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC MANDALA
|Eric Mandala and his “world music fusion” group Mandala start a tour of Taiwan with a musical performance tonight at Bliss in Taipei. The group, which is currently based in Kyoto, Japan, aims to “bring sacred styles of art together for a new fusion in this new multicultural world.” They play trance grooves and jam band music on many different instruments, in particular those from Africa, India and Indonesia.|
Mandala has also staged several multimedia and art performances, with past shows in Indonesia including a live painting performance mixed with jazz music played by a traditional gamelan ensemble. And the group is no stranger to Taiwan, having played at Spring Scream in 2004 and at several venues in Taipei in 2005.
One of Mandala’s musical themes is the search for a “universal language,” also the title of one of the group’s CDs. At the beginning of the song Jiliumonayo, Mandala says in a voice-over interview: “Universal language is hard to explain … because it is communication without any words, any talking … we live in peace … singing from our hearts … like a bird.” Mandala also performs tomorrow at VU Live House and in Taichung on Sunday and Monday.
▲ 10pm tonight at Bliss, 148, Xinyi Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市信義路四段148號); 10pm tomorrow at VU Live House, B1, 77 Wuchang St, Taipei City (台北市武昌街二段77號B1); 8pm Sunday at Retro Taichung, Wuchuan W Rd, Taichung City (台中市五權西路一段116號); 8pm Monday at 1-1, Chingcheng 22nd St, Taichung City (台中市西區精誠22街1-1號). The final venue is a private residence. Call (04) 2310-0836
▲ Entrance fee NT$200
▲ On the Net: www.myspace.com/ mandalaworldmusic
DV8 is back in business in a new location.
PHOTO: RON BROWNLOW, TAIPEI TIMES
|DV8, the popular bar formerly located on Jinhua Street (金華街) that closed in February of 2007 after two decades in business, is celebrating its reopening in a new location tomorrow night. Among the highlights: NT$100 draft beers; two-for-one tequila shots all night; and music from DJ Fish.|
▲ Tomorrow from 8pm until late. Entrance is free
▲ DV8, 385, Fuxing S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市復興南路二段385號), between Heping East (和平東) and Xinhai (辛亥) roads, a three-minute walk from the Technology Building (科技大樓) MRT Station
Boris Godunov by the renowned Catalan theater group La Fura dels Baus is a play that fuses an historical event, the attack on the Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater in October of 2002 by Chechen rebels, with Alexander Pushkin’s play, which takes its title from the Czar of the same name, who, according to the play, gradually sinks into madness after murdering the Czarevich Dimitri to usurp the throne. The production is about terrorism and what motivates those who commit acts of terrorism.
▲ National Theater, Taipei City
▲ 7:30pm tonight and tomorrow, and 2:30pm Sunday
▲ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing
Dharma Master Wu-Da’s Penance (慈悲三昧水懺) is a gezai opera (歌仔戲) by the Hsu Ya-fen Opera Company (�?熇q子劇坊). The opera takes place during the Tang Dynasty and tells the story of a humble monk, Wu-Da, who develops a fiercely arrogant personality after becoming one of the emperor’s spiritual confidants. A painful bodily affliction helps Wu-Da realize the errors of his ways and eventually find redemption.