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NTCH Summer Jazz Project-Let's Mambo!

Time

2020/8/23(Sun.)5:00PM


Venue

國家音樂廳(National Concert Hall)

Foreword

Against all odds, the highly anticipated NTCH Summer Jazz Party will materialize as the only music festival this summer. Following the huge success of Harlem Legacy: Back to St. Nick’s Pub in 2019, this year’s festival is curated around three themes by Vincent HSU and Stacey WEI. As we celebrate, in 2020, the centenary birthday of jazz legend Charlie Parker, HSU brings us the spirit of Bebop, with concerts featuring three groups of musicians taking you closer to the historical hotspots of Parker’s style. In the second performance series, Jazzy Afternoon presents three legendary female jazz musicians. Finally, Stacey WEI will direct the NTCH Summer Jazz Project, bringing the groovy rhythms of Mambo to the crowd.

Meanwhile, the NTCH Summer Jazz Outdoor Party will turn the NTCH Main Plaza into your dance floor! This event, for which thousands of people gather every year, will be inviting Soul Diva 9m88, Rafael Lee with Parliament Big Band, and the NTCH Jazz Camp Orchestra. With the NTCH Summer Jazz Party’s three brilliant themes, from August 12 to September 13 jazz can be found everywhere from concert halls, local bistros, to outdoors. NTCH is inviting you to party with us all summer!

Profile

Stacey Wei, Curator & Trumpet

M. A. in Jazz Trumpet Performance from Queens College, the City University of New York, Stacey studied with Prof. Michael Mossman, the lead jazz trumpeter at Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Prof. Antonio Hart, the lead alto-saxophonist of Dizzy Gillepie All Star Big Band, and Dr. John Van Deurson, Assistant Conductor and trombonist of Taipei Philharmonic. Active in band performance and recording in New York. Stacey is currently an avid jazz musician in Taiwan, the director of arts center and assistant professor of National Dong Hwa University, in the first Jazz Studies of Taiwan, and teacher at several schools promoting jazz music, the director of National Concert Hall and Theatre Summer Jazz Camp since 2008, the endorser of Yamaha trumpet. Stacey has played with Michael Mossman, Antonio Hart, Alex Sipiagin, Brian Lynch, Harold Danko, Eric Miyashiro, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Cobb, Tootie Heath, John Riley, Cliff Almond, Tomonao Hara.

Rich Huang, Drums

Rich Huang has performed on tens of thousands of recorded singles and holds the national record for most song recordings. Due to his outstanding drumming skills, he is known as the “Drum King of Taiwan” and is the first Taiwanese drummer to sign with American brand Zildjian. In 2000, Rich made his first official performance at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall as part of the Jazz 30th Anniversary Concert, and also staged a solo concert as a “jazz drum solo artist”. This marked his highest personal achievement and once again set an unprecedented record for pop musicians in the country. He has continued to cross into diverse genres such as pop music, classical music, jazz music and traditional music, and actively participates in jazz education and promotion. In July 2020, he staged a special concert celebrating his 50-year drumming career. Rich remains devoted to promoting jazz music, facilitating international exchanges, and participating in various government-sponsored jazz festivals and university lecture tours, as well as cross-border and international performances with symphony orchestras, national orchestras and philharmonic orchestras.

Yu-ying Hsu, Piano

An award-winning Taiwanese jazz pianist, composer, producer and educator, Yu-ying Hsu has performed in legendary jazz clubs in New York City, such as Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, and with renowned musicians like Albert "Tootie" Heath, John Riley, Paquito D’Rivera, Michael Philip Mossman, Alex Sipiagin and the complete violinist Benjamin Schmid.

Hsu’s original composition CHAPTER III: INDIA, ITALY AND I from her fourth album PROJECT 3 won 2019 Golden Melody Awards for "Best Instrumental Composer". Her third album HAPPENED, HAPPENING won three 2018 Golden Melody Awards for "Best Instrumental Album Producer", "Best Instrumental Album" and "Best Instrumental Recording Album". Hsu’s previous albums Untitled and sentimotional had also garnered Golden Indie Music Awards for "Best Jazz Album", "Best Jazz Single" and "Best Musician".

Hsu holds a Master of Music degree from Purchase College, State University of New York. Her thesis focused on jazz piano legend Keith Jarrett and his style of improvision in piano trio and solo in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Shawna Yang, Saxophone

Shawna Yang is a Taiwanese jazz sax musician. She plays an important role in Taiwan Jazz Scene and played with great musicians like Alex Sipiagin, Eric Richards, Woody Witt, Eric Marienthal, Paul Haar, Krzysztof Urbanski, Simon Barker, Koichi Osamu, Daiki Yasukagawa, Naoko Tanaka, MusicMusicMusic, and Tuesday Microgroove. Shawna also has toured in Taiwan, China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Jakarta, Japan, Sweden, and Austria.

Her second solo album Simple Life recorded in New York has published in 2015 June and was nominated in 2015 Golden Music Awards and Golden Melody Awards. Finally Simple Life won the best instrumental album in 27th Golden Melody Awards, which is the most famous awards in Taiwan and Chinese music scene.

Cheng-yu Lee, Saxophone

A classical and jazz saxophonist, Cheng-yu Lee teaches saxophone and jazz history/appreciation/ theory/performance/big band in National Taipei University of Education and Fu Jen Catholic University. Mr. Lee directs Taipei Jazz Orchestra which is the most well-known big band around the area.

Mr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University in 1997. He obtained his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from University of North Texas in 2004 after receiving music certificate from Bowling Green State University in 2001.

Mr. Lee released his first classical album Fantaisie in 2010 and was nominated the Best Arranger Award in the 21st Golden Melody Awards, first jazz album New Moon in 2012. Cheng-yu Lee has been Antigua Saxophone Artist since 2013, D’Addario Artist since 2016, and the instrument promotional concerts, clinics, masterclasses have brought him to over 15 cities in China.

Nick Javier, Trombone

Nick Javier (USA) is an internationally in-demand trombonist and jazz educator. Nick studied at Michigan State University and The Royal Conservatoire where he found performance work with Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Gerald Wilson, Jim McNeely, and Jon Faddis.

His current body of work as a performing and recording musician has spanned the genres of Jazz, Soul/R&B, Taiwanese Pop, and film scores. Currently, Nick is focusing on his own group, The NJG (The Nick Javier Group), playing original music that is powered by hip-hop and modern R&B, yet observant of the jazz tradition.

As an educator, Nick is faculty at National Chiayi University, and Tunghai University, teaching different jazz courses, and directing the Chiayi University Jazz Orchestra as well as heading a Jazz Masters program. Nick also has the pleasure of mentoring the young generation of Taiwanese jazz musicians every year at the National Taiwan Concert Hall Jazz Camp and the Fu-Jen University Jazz Workshop.

Yohei Yamada, Bass

Yohei Yamada graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2001, majoring in Bass Performance. He studied with Anthony Vitti, Joe santerre, Barry Smith, and Minoru Yamazaki, among others. He had performed with Albert “Tootie” Heath, Michael Mossman, Antonio Hart, Alex Sipiagin and Benjamin Schmid. He joined in back band of Joanna Wang in July 2013 and toured to Malaysia, Hong-Kong, China and United States. Except jazz music, he also performed with Shun Kikuta who is a recognized authority on blues guitar several times. He joined in the band for the musical Anything Goes (leading actress is Evonne Hsu) with Shun Kikuta in 2011.

Cheng-chun Wu(Alex), Percussions

Having 13 years of the professional career in world percussion field and performed extensively with the most active musicians from Taiwan and Mainland’s art and entertaining scene, the 30-year- old Cheng-chun Wu is considered as the most acclaimed percussionist of his generation in Taiwan. Mr. Wu’s versatility in percussion art includes the style of Latin America, Africa, Middle East, India, and the most identical specialty from his Chinese background: the rhythmic art of Beijing Opera, Bei-Guan and Gue-Zi Opera. Mr. Wu’s outstanding expertise in both percussion and Chinese traditional music has brought him to the international scene in Europe, the U.S, Mexico, South East Asia and Mainland China along with Taiwan’s award-winning world music and jazz ensembles: A Moving Sound and Sizhukong, as well as some of the best-known celebrities such as Jiang Huei, Jay Chou, Amei Chang and Matthew Lien.

Michael Mossman, Composer & Arranger

Michael Philip Mossman has been active on the international scene since the age of 17. Michael arranged and composed music for the 2012 Academy Award finalist film Chico and Rita and appeared as trumpet soloist. He is featured as lead trumpet and arranger on Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra their Grammy winning album, Song for Chico, as well as on Un Noche Inolvidable and 40 Acres and a Burro. Solo releases by Michael Philip Mossman include Springdance, Mama Soho, and The Orisha Suite. Michael has toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, to name but a few. He has played lead trumpet with the Michel Camilo Big band, the Jon Faddis Orchestra, and the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra among many others.

Mr. Mossman has composed and arranged scores for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, Joe Henderson's Grammy winning Big Band album, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, to name but a few. Michael has performed classical and contemporary classical pieces with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Naumburg Orchestra and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic.

Credit

Curator & Trumpet: Stacey Wei

Drums: Rich Huang

Saxophone: Shawna Yang and Cheng-yu Lee

Piano: Yu-ying Hsu

Trombone: Nick Javier

Bass: Yohei Yamada

Percussions: Cheng-chun Wu

Composer & Arranger: Michael Mossman

Sound Engineer: Min-fu Kao

Production Manager & Text Editor: I-ching Lu

Program Coordinator: Shu-kai Kuo and Chien-yen Chan


Organizer: National Theater and Concert Hall

◆ Duration: approx. 90 minutes with an intermission of 20 minutes.


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