After endless songs about unrequited love, pop songstress Wan Fang (萬芳) reemerges to spread her new gospel of love, acceptance and spiritual equilibrium.
The Mandopop singer will perform in a concert titled Wan Fang 2012 Live Concert Love, After All (萬芳 2012 Live Concert 原來我們都是愛著的) at Legacy Taipei (傳音樂展演空間) on Wednesday to support her latest release. She will then tour China throughout September.
Wan is mostly known for her hit song New Endless Love (新不了情), which was released in 1993, but continues to reign as the most popular KTV song in Taiwan. Her latest effort, Love, After All (原來我們都是愛著的), expands on the theme of happiness, which she first explored on her 2010 pop-gospel album Let’s Not Grieve Anymore (我們不傷心了).
“Life is a river,” Wan told the Taipei Times. “This album is about what we encounter in life — the reminiscence, the departure of people, the love and the fear.”
The title track Love, After All boasts lyrics penned by Wan as an homage to her father, who is still alive. The poignant song features Wan’s vocals against a sparse acoustic guitar. Another track, Alzheimer (Silence by the Sea) (阿茲海默), contemplates the meaning of memories and forgetting. Wan’s emotionally drenched vocal hovers above a backdrop of piano and violin.
Wan also bravely goes against the commercial market formula by including only one song about romance, which is Forever (永遠).
Wan’s musical evolution was brought about by her foray into acting and the world music festival circuit since 2002. She has starred in 11 TV dramas, for which she has won two Golden Bell Awards. She is also a veteran theater actress whose latest stage outing was the acclaimed Taipei Dad, New York Mom (台北爸爸，紐約媽媽) in February this year.
What: Wan Fang 2012 Live Concert: Love, After All (萬芳 2012 Live Concert 原來我們都是愛著的)
When: Wednesday at 8pm
Where: Legacy Taipei (傳音樂展演空間), located at 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).
Admission: Tickets are NT$1,600, available through ERA ticketing outlets or online at www.ticket.com.tw, ibon kiosk, FamiPort (全家) kiosk and HiLife (萊爾富) kiosk.
On The Net: http://one-fang.com/
“Acting opens up possibilities for music. You enter into a character and the story in a song,” she said.
Formerly a chanteuse known for commercial ballads about unrequited love, Wan’s musical turning point came about when she plunged into the terrain of personal anguish, vulnerability and self-discovery in the acclaimed one-woman musical drama Wan Fang’s Solo in My Room (萬芳的房間劇場) in 2007.
“I turned down many opportunities to record albums of commercial love songs,” she said. “I wanted my music to reflect life as I experienced it — love, grief, acceptance and all.”
When asked about romance, Wan was circumspect.
“I don’t dwell on romance. There are many things in life. I’m more curious about what happens after it [life] ends.”
Despite the new album’s metaphysical slant, Wan said she will treat her fans to a lushly produced concert. “There will be a live band, projected images, videos, and lighting design,” she said. “I want my fans to be submerged into a total experience of music, stories, images and light.