Tickets are selling out fast for NSO Hero 30 Hero Reborn (英雄再起), a concert led by Australian composer Brett Dean, who is currently the National Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence. Dean’s Melodious Lay, A Hamlet Diffraction for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra will be performed tonight at Taipei’s National Concert Hall under the baton of Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉). Beijing-born pianist Wang Yuja (王羽佳), award-winning Taiwanese pianist Tang Fa-kai (湯發凱) as well as soprano Grace Lin (林慈音) are also set to perform a program that includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, D minor and Bela Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
■ Tonight at 7:30pm. Only NT$700 tickets, available through NTCH ticketing, remain as of press time
The Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna will begin a series of performances tonight at the Hsinchu Municipal Auditorium (新竹市文化局演藝廳). Conducted by Willy Buchler, the extensive program includes several works by Johann Strauss II and his brothers Eduard and Josef. The orchestra will perform tomorrow evening at Kaohsiung’s Chih-Teh Hall and on Sunday evening at Taipei’s National Concert Hall.
■ Tonight at Hsinchu Municipal Performance Hall (新竹市文化局演藝廳), 16, Dongda Rd Sec 2, Hsinchu City (新竹市東大路二段17號); tomorrow at Kaohsiung’s Chih-Teh Hall (高雄市文化中心至德堂) at 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號) and Sunday at the National Concert Hall, Taipei City
Photo courtesy of Elephant Gym
■ All performances at 7:30pm. Tickets for tonight and tomorrow are NT$800 to NT$3,000, and Taipei’s performance is NT$1,600 to NT$3,500 (NT$1,000 and NT$1,300 tickets are sold out); available through NTCH ticketing.
Tomorrow afternoon’s Piano Trio Concert at Taipei’s National Recital Hall features Chiu Shih-ping (邱詩平) on clarinet, cellist Lee Yi-pei (李宜珮) and pianist Wang Yun-peng (王允芃) in a program that includes The Marriage of Figaro, arranged for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Amadeus Mozart and Ludvig Beethoven’s Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello in B-flat Major, Op.11.
■ National Recital Hall, Taipei City
Photo courtesy of Iron Punch
■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm. Tickets are NT$500 and NT$800 (NT$300 sold out), available through NTCH ticketing
Luantan Ascent (亂彈阿翔), a group led by singer-songwriter A-hsiang (阿翔) of the beloved but defunct underground rock band Luantan (亂彈), will perform tomorrow and Sunday at Legacy Taipei, a venue that hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Ambient music artist Tycho from San Francisco performs on Thursday.
■ 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).
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$1,200 for each of the Luantan Ascent concerts and NT$1,800 for Tycho. Tickets available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Taiwanese math rock band Elephant Gym (大象體操) takes the stage tonight at The Wall (這牆), a prominent Taipei venue for indie rock artists. They will be joined by Japan’s Yasei Collective. Tomorrow it’s Japan’s OYAT, who combine funk, soul, reggae, disco, African music, punk “and alcoholic beverages.” Japanese band Y.I.M is also on the bill. Tonight at Korner, a venue for hip hop, house and trance heads located inside The Wall, Berlin’s Distant Echoes, Felix Fleer and Jonas Landwehr will perform techno and house. Al Burro, Umbra and Agustin are also on the bill. Tomorrow it is Deep Fried House with Nana, Initials BB, Minijay and Edgar Wang.
■ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1), tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net: thewall.tw
■ The Wall shows strart tonight at 7:30pm and 8pm tomorrow; Korner shows begin at 11:50pm
■ The Wall tickets cost NT$950 tonight and NT$1,000 tomorrow; Korner shows cost NT$500 tonight and NT$400 tomorrow, available through thewall.tw
Indie folk and rock band The Chairs (椅子) perform tomorrow at APA Mini (小地方展演空間). They will be joined by special guest appearance by Suming (約翰淑敏) and pop musician Liao Wen-chiang (廖文強). Indie rockers Pink Haze (平克孩子) perform on Sunday. Infancy (隱分子) blend jazz, classical with rock ‘n’ roll, and pop singer Nylon Chen (陳乃榮) will also perform.
■ B1,147, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市杭州南路一段147號B1), tel: (02) 2327-8658. On the Net: www.facebook.com/apamini
■ Shows start tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$450 tomorrow and NT$400 on Sunday, available through www.indievox.com
There are two concerts tonight at indie rock club Revolver. Mad Dog, DleihS and LateMan (遲到客) will perform their version of pop rock and indie rock tonight beginning at 8:30pm and DJs DD, Paula, Tricho NaNa and Elin will spin some psychedelic and dance beginning at 11:30pm. Tomorrow also features two parties, with metalcore outfit Greedy Black Hole (貪婪黑洞), rockers Mr. Unknown (小人物樂團) and shoegaze, noise pop and dream pop group Tut (杜爾與索克) taking the stage early. Later in the evening, Leo37, Disparity, LeeLek and Chill Bros offer up funk, hip-hop and house. Pop punk and modern rock outfit Go Go Rise (美好前程), the nu-metal sounds with The Future After a Second and Devil Assassin (惡魔刺客).
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678. On the Net: www.facebook.com/revolver.taipei
■ Shows start tonight at 8:30pm and 11:30pm, tomorrow at 8pm and 11pm and Sunday at 8:30pm
■ Admission is NT$300 for each show tonight, NT$300 for early show and NT$400 for late show tomorrow and NT$300 on Sunday
Soul/funk combo DC & the Funky Duds perform tomorrow at Bobwundaye (無問題), a small pub in Taipei.
■ 77, Heping E Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段77號), tel: (02) 2377-1772
■ Shows start at 10pm
■ Admission is NT$300
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Tz Chien performs tonight at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area. The Old Fashioned Guitar Trio perform tomorrow, while the Sea Journey Jazz Quartet takes the stage on Thursday.
■ 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號), tel: (02) 2362-5494. On the Net: www.witchhouse.org
■ Shows start at 9:30pm. Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist bookstore and large collection of board games, open 11am to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays, 11am to 1am Thursdays through Saturdays
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$350
Indie act Night Keepers (守夜人) perform tonight at Kafka by the Sea (海邊的卡夫卡), a coffee house-cum-music and arts venue.
■ 2F, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號2樓). On the Net: www.kafkabythe.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm. Cafe/bookstore opens noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, noon to 2am Fridays and Saturdays
■ Admission is NT$400, available online through www.indievox.com
Atayal musician Amuyi will take the stage tonight at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館). Mando-pop star Shadya (藍又時) performs tomorrow.
■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號), tel: (02) 2370-8805. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight and 8:30pm tomorrow
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and NT$750 tomorrow; available through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Studio and session guartist Geddy Lin (林正如) will team up tonight with Japanese guitarist Shun Kikuta to bring audiences a taste of the blues at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Alternative rock group Sweep Music (漩指) perform tomorrow.
■ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓), tel: (02) 2368-7310. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Shows start at 9:30pm tonight and 9pm tomorrow,
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and NT$400 tomorrow, available through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
The Flat Fives will play swing and R&B tunes from the 1940s and 50s tonight at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Thelonious Monkey fuses traditional jazz, middle eastern grooves and rock and roll tomorrow. The GypsyAge Jazz Band, a four-piece group that plays music originating from 1930s-era France, plays on Wednesday. On Thursday it is the Ikumi Koyama Trio with Japan’s Ikumi Koyama on piano.
■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段 102 巷1號 B1), tel: (02) 2700-5411. On the Net: www.sappholive.com
■ Shows start at 9:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$300 on Wednesday and Thursday
Veteran alt-rockers Backquarter (四分衛) take the stage tomorrow at Legacy Taichung, a spin-off of Legacy Taipei.
■ 117, Anhe Rd, Taichung City (台中市安和路117號), tel: (04) 2359-8780. On the Net: www.legacy.com.tw/taichung.
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$800, available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Sound artist and band leader Sipara Hesher and crooner Yusaka (淞雅) perform tonight at TCRC (前科累累俱樂部), a small venue for independent musicians and local artists in Tainan. Post-rock group Sun of Morning (晨曦光廊) will take the stage tomorrow. On Wednesday, it’s funk/blues/alternative band Iron Punch (鐵擊), with Noyandui9nei, who play core, punk rock and metal, also on the bill.
■ B1, 314, Simen Rd Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市西門路二段314號B1), tel: (06) 222 3238.
■ Show starts 8pm tonight and tomorrow and 7pm on Wednesday
■ Admission is NT$250 tonight, NT$400 tomorrow and NT$300 on Wednesday, available at www.indievox.com
France’s Avenue Z combines garage punk, Sci-Fi movie soundtracks with surf guitars tonight at The Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung punks Ape Apocalypse is also on the bill.
■ 46 Liwen Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市立文路46號), tel: (07) 550-8617.
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Entrance is NT$350, available at www.indievox.com
Indie act Night Keepers (守夜人) perform tomorrow at In Our Time, a restaurant-cum-gallery located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區).
■ 99, Penglai Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市蓬萊路99號), tel: (07) 521-0017
■ Show starts 7pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Mando-pop singer/songwriter Hsiao Hung-jen (蕭閎仁) croons tomorrow at Live Warehouse, a venue for indie music located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區).
■ 2-5 Dayi Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市大義街2-5號), tel: (07) 521-8114. On the Net: livewarehouse.tw
■ Show starts 7:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$1,000, available through tickets.books.com.tw
Metal heads Falling Black perform tonight at Sound Live House (迴響音樂藝文展演空間), an independent venue for music performances and art exhibitions in Taichung. Punk rockers Sadog hit the stage tomorrow. They will be joined by Dirty Candy (臭水溝軟糖) and Kanku People (甘苦人樂團). Power metal outfit Running Beast (裸奔野獸) will perform on Sunday. On Wednesday, all-women rockers Cradle Inferno (黑色搖籃) and Lost and Found (落山風) are set to perform.
■ B1-1, 429, Henan Rd Sec 2, Greater Taichung (台中市河南路二段429號B1-1), tel: (04) 2451-1989. On the Net: soundlivehouse.msmusic.com.tw
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight and Wednesday and 7pm tomorrow and Sunday
■ Admission is NT$300 tonight and Wednesday and NT$350 tomorrow and Sunday, available through www.walkieticket.com and www.indievox.com
Metal/hard-rock act Take Rock hits the stage tomorrow at Paramount Bar (百樂門酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung. Air Dolphins (海豚樂隊), who combine elements of R&B, reggae and psychedelic rock, is also on the bill.
■ 70 Minzu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市三民區民族一路70號), tel: (07) 389-0501
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Entrance is NT$300, available through www.indievox.com
Taking cues from R&B, reggae and psychedelic rock, Air Dolphins (海豚樂隊) will play tonight at Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村), an arts village in Taitung City. Puyuma rockers Savakan will take the stage tomorrow. Folk guitarist and singer Awvin owns the venue on Sunday.
■ 26, Ln 135, Sinsheng Rd, Taitung City (台東市新生路135巷26號), tel: (089) 343-393. On the Net: www.tiehua.com.tw
■ Shows start at 8pm. Music venue and crafts shops are open 2pm to 10pm Tuesdays through Sundays
■ Entrance is NT$250 tonight and tomorrow and NT$120 on Sunday, available at tickets.books.com.tw
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