Taiwanese cellist Chang Tao-wen (張道文) and the Bunun Mountain Traditional Music Chorus(布農山地傳統音樂團) will be featured in three upcoming concerts and a workshop at the "Voices, A Festival of Song” organized by Singapore's Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
The festival is a new event launched in 2013 that aims to discover unique singingfrom chorus, folk music, and acoustic chorus around the world. It will take place on Dec. 6 and 7 this year.
The Bunun choir from the eastern Taiwanese county of Taitung preserves and promotes the Bunun indigenous people's traditional eight-part chorus singing by performing in Belgium, the U.K., Australia, Japan, and mainland China. The choir produced an award-winning album with renowned American cellist David Darling in 2003, and its album "A Village in the Mist” won Taiwan's Golden Melody Award for Best Ethnic Music in 2010.
To commemorate Singapore's unique heritage, in which Western and Eastern cultures are intertwined, the group will perform music written by U.S.-based Taiwanese cellist Chang and present a different style that fuses traditional Bunun music with Western classic music.