By Yali Chen
Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
2012-03-19 10:43 AM
"It’s a big challenge for us because this is the first time we will perform at the Taipei Arena,” says Ju Tzong-ching, the artistic director for the March 24 concert.
A total of 70 performers including the Ju Percussion Group and Taiwanese tap dance troupe Dance Works will appear on stage. Pop singer Wan Fang will also perform as a special guest for the concert.
Ju has invited Koji Sakurai, musical director for the opening ceremony of the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung; Akibo Lee, curator for the 2011 Taipei World Design Expo; and the concert director Kuo Heng-chi to join his production team.
To allow the audience to enjoy the 135-minute show without intermission, the team will create a sumptuous audio-visual feast by combining music, dance, lighting, sound effects, visual arts, and digital technology.
"About 10,000 music lovers are expected to attend the concert. One-third of them are our loyal supporters and two-thirds will watch our show for the first time,” Ju says.
During the concert, performers on stage will interact with the audience, inviting them to swing their bodies, clap their hands and stamp their feet. To capture children’s attention, Lee has also designed two cute robots and produced a short film using Hollywood’s motion capture technology.
Ju founded his ensemble in Taipei in 1986 when the locals were unfamiliar with percussion. To promote percussive music, the group members brought their musical instruments including xylophones and glockenspiels to perform at schools, temples, and historical monuments in Taiwan.
Over the past 26 years, the Taipei-based drumming group has given over 2,400 performances here and overseas. Its album “Move On” has been nominated in the contemporary classical category at the 2012 Independent Music Awards in the US.
The group’s principal percussionist Wu Pei-ching also won a nomination for her marimba recital “Wonderland” last year at the 2012 Taishin Arts Awards.
Tickets for the March 24 concert at the Taipei Arena are now available at http://www.ticket.com.tw