Taiwan's Ten Drum Art Percussion Group (十鼓擊樂團) will be live-streaming a 75-minute family-friendly concert themed "Drumming up Hope" on May 22, from 9pm to 10.15pm CST. The musical performance will be a feast of lights and sounds, with performing artists beating man-sized drums as the centerpiece showcase.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston is partnering with Discovery Green and Asia Society Texas Center to bring Ten Drum's performance to audiences in the United States. The 10-piece concert will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook, while the group performs in real time in Taiwan.
Director General of TECO in Houston Peter Chen emphasized that music has the power to heal and bring comfort, especially during difficult times, therefore they wish to dedicate Ten Drum's "Drumming up Hope" to the hardworking healthcare professionals, first responders, and essential workers whom have continued to keep everyone safe. They are the true heroes of this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.
"Drumming up Hope" will feature two Ten Drum subgroups performing dual roles to interpret darkness and brightness, in hope of bringing audience members through the dark night of challenging times and greet the first light of hope. Ten Drum aims to interpret the persona of this land that is full of culture, nature, and sheer vitality.
Troupe director Hsieh Shi (謝十) remarked that the rapidly spreading virus has sent the world into darkness, and even though the troupe is unable to perform live in the United States as originally planned, they aim to share their encouragement and good will with the American people and the global community through this performance.
Since its founding in 2000, Ten Drum Art Percussion Group has staged hundreds of performances around the world and been shortlisted by the Grammy Awards and Independent Music Awards. Now, following an outstanding performance at the Miller Theater in Houston in 2018, Ten Drum will once again bring a dazzling performance — starting tonight at 9pm CST for American viewers, and tomorrow at 10am NST for Taiwanese fans.