2011 Taichung Jazz Festival kicks off with a Guinness World Record
By John Evans
Translated by Angel Pu
Have you ever witnessed a thousand saxophonists playing at the same time? This summer, be sure to visit Taichung's Houli district and be part of this spectacular historical moment with us! Held by the Taichung City Government, 2011 Taichung Jazz Festival will open on August 7 in Houli –"Home of the Saxophone" – featuring one thousand top sax players in Taiwan. Enchanting vocal performance by the brilliant singer Mr. Xiao Huang-qi is also expected to be a highlight of the event. We would like to invite all saxophonists to join us to set a new Guinness record with your music in celebration of the nation's centennial. Let the world hear Taichung and take notice of Taiwan. For more information, please visit www.taichungjazz2011.com.tw. Online sign-up is now available.
2011 Houli Musical Instruments Carnival: Show your love for music and life on Chinese Valentine's Day
On August 6 (Chinese Valentine's Day) and 7, the Houli Instrumental Carnival will put on a wonderful musical feast. This event will feature all kinds of music genres, including classic jazz, romantic classical, charming Chinese traditional, powerful wind ensembles, lively percussion, and creative original melodies. Lots more fun activities are promised to make this an unforgettable Chinese Valentine's Day. For more information, please visit www.howlimif.com.tw.
Live on: Cultivating "musical seedlings" in Taichung
A series of lectures held at the 2011 Houli Instrumental Carnival are designed to boost a love for music. Well-known guest lecturers will include "Taiwan's King of Drums" Huang Rui-feng, Taipei Jazz Orchestra Director-General Li Cheng-yu, and radio program producer Shen Hong-yuen. These talks will help amateurs to enter the world of jazz music and enjoy the appreciation to the fullest. In addition, lectures for music professionals will also be offered. For more information, please visit www.howlimif.com.tw.
Showing off your musical talents at the contest
The 2011 Houli Instrumental Carnival will also include music contests judged by a panel of professionals in search for “jazz stars”. These competitions invite all jazz piano players, jazz drummers, sax players and new faces to come and show off their talents on stage. There will also be a jazz poster design competition and an interesting air-guitar contest. All comes with fantastic prizes. For more information, please visit www.howlimif.com.tw.