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Musician named Taiwan’s first fellow of United Nations of Music

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 September 2015

Musician Tsai Hui-ya has become the first Taiwanese to be named a fellow of a U.S.-

sponsored program described by the New York Times as the "United Nations of

Music," the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced on Aug. 21.


Tsai, who plays a Chinese string instrument called the "liuqin," will join with 24 other

musicians selected from 16 countries and territories to participate in the OneBeat

2015 Program in the United States from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11.


The musicians will collaborate to create cross-genre works, record innovative music,

produce short form videos, engage with local communities and practice music as

civic engagement to promote resilient civil societies, according to an AIT Facebook

post. In the post, Tsai is described as a multi-instrumentalist and an educator.


OneBeat fellows are life-long ambassadors for their communities and cities, and

their combined voices create original works and projects that speak to audiences

across the globe, the AIT said.


Now in its fourth year, OneBeat, a music diplomacy program initiated by the U.S.

Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will return to

Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California for a two-week residency.


The residency will be followed by a two-week tour that includes stops at Caldera Arts

in central Oregon and venues in Portland, Oregon before culminating in Seattle.


Source: Focus Taiwan
Photo Credit: Focus Taiwan
Chia Chen Ho (h876@taitra.org.tw)

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