Fri, Dec 24, 2010 - Page 13 News List

Christmas cheer

Hyperbole and boasting aside, read on for the biggest and best roundup of what’s on over the festive season

Staff reporters

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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Veteran Mando-pop crooner Tsai Chin (蔡琴), who is known for her sultry rendition of classics such as A Tenderness Like Yours (恰似你的溫柔) and The Last Night (最後一夜), performs the Tsai Chin 2010 Great Evening on the Sea Concert (蔡琴2010海上良宵演唱會) tonight and Sunday at the Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心). Tsai, with more than 70 albums under her belt, started out as a folk singer and veered into pop before focusing on golden Mandarin oldies for the past decade. Also a gifted theater actress, Tsai is acclaimed for her elegant presence and witty onstage repartee. Tsai is known to younger generations for her delivery of The Forgotten Time (被遺忘的時光), the theme song to Andy Lau’s (劉德華) acclaimed thriller Infernal Affairs (無間道). For this concert, Tsai will put her golden touch on various Mandarin oldies.

■ Tonight and Sunday at 7:45pm

■ 1, Xinyi Rd, Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義路五段1號). On the Net: www.tsai-chin.com

■ Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$4,200, available through ERA ticketing outlets or online through www.ticket.com.tw or at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks

— Andrew C.C. Huang

To mark its first its first anniversary, Legacy Taipei (傳音樂展演空間) will host a concert of remixed Mando-pop oldies tonight. Legacy Taipei One Year Anniversary (Legacy台北音樂傳記一週年) starts with an hour-long video about Mando-pop’s golden age and then takes the form of a non-stop dance mix by DJs Lim Giong (林強), Ciacia (何欣穗), Ah-kai (阿凱, vocalist of indie outfit 1976), Hao Er (好二) and finally a face-off between the venue’s resident DJ Ah She (阿舌) and indie band Sticky Rice’s (糯米團) former drummer Hung Chih-li (洪峙立).

■ Tonight from 9pm to 3am

■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號). On the Net: www.legacy.com.tw

■ Admission is NT$600 in advance or NT$800 at the door. Tickets are available through ERA ticketing outlets or online through www.ticket.com.tw or at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks

— Andrew C.C. Huang

Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), Mando-pop’s dancing diva, starts off her first world tour in four years with two concerts at the Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋). Tsai has pushed her trademark dance tunes to a new height with her electronica outing Myself 2010 Concept Album (Myself 2010概念專輯), which was released this August.

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ 2, Nanjing E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市南京東路四段2號). On the Net: jolin.info

■ Tickets are NT$800 to NT$4,200, available through ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw or at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks

— Andrew C.C. Huang

Singer/songwriter Peggy Hsu (許哲珮) leads her band The Circus in a performance at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) tonight. Hsu is acclaimed for her blend of folk and pop and is a hotly pursued songwriter who has collaborated with heavyweights such as Sandy Lam (林憶蓮). Trained in jazz vocals at Berklee College, Hsu is a magnetic live performer who regularly plays to full houses.

■ Tonight at 8:30pm

■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號). On the Net: www.peggyhsu.com

■ Tickets are NT$450 in advance, available from www.riverside.com.tw or www.tickets.books.com.tw, or NT$500 at the door

— Andrew C.C. Huang

Tonight, Riverside Music Cafe (河岸留言) hosts its annual A Jazzy X’mas Eve (經典爵士聖誕夜) party. Japanese pianist Kaoru Uno will share the stage with Riverside founder Geddy Lin (林正如), a professional guitarist who has played on albums for pop superstars such as Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹, better known as A-mei) and Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文). Uno graduated from Berklee College and is the resident pianist at Taipei jazz venue Blue Note. Uno’s 2006 studio album Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby was short-listed by Eslite Bookstore as one of the best jazz albums of that year. Bassist Kinya and drummer Toshi will join the two to perform Christmas classics by Oscar Peterson and Nils Landjren.

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