Music mixes up its
own brand of East-West fusion
--By James Su Translated by Cara Steenstra
In 1997, in a quiet corner of Taichung
city, a group of music lovers came together to work
diligently toward their musical dreams. The result of
their time and musical energies was Mosquito Music.
The five members of Mosquito Music
share a love of music and desire to spread its goodness
to others. Their talent gives the common impression
that they all perhaps graduated from music schools.
Surprisingly, however, none of their previous educations
have had any musical connections. Rather, Mosquito Music's
passion and persistence for musical studies over a long
period of time have gained them good results and recognition
among music lovers and other residents in their hometown
of Taichung city.
The group goes far beyond giving nice
performances, as what is most appealing about them is
their adventurous arrangements and combinations of Asian
and Western musical instruments and music. These include
the Chinese flute, Western flute, pan flute, piano,
keyboards and other instruments, creating refreshing,
lively, mostly-instrumental music that can best be described
as an East-West fusion. They play old songs with new
arrangements, as well as new songs that give listeners
a sense of warmth and familiarity as they enjoy the
bright notes of the Chinese flute, flowing melodies
from the Western flute, the natural-sounding pan flute
and ever-changing piano notes.
Their all-new 2005 album, "Unreachable
Love", is filled with poetic expressions and the
unlimited scope of imagination.
Mosquito Music is:
Leader Liao Wen-Ci, aka "Mosquito" (Chinese
and Western flute): Beneath her good looks is a rich
background in music that allows her to both write lyrics
and arrange music.
Yang Xin-Yi (piano): Yang hails from
the Atayal aboriginal tribe and was born with passion
for music. Not only is she a talented pianist, but also
an accomplished singer and an experienced choir teacher
Yang Rong-Qiao (flute): Previously
a teacher for Yamaha music classrooms and the Ming Dao
School of Management Piano and Flute Society, Yang is
proficient at the flute and the pan flute.
Wang Xiao-Han (keyboards): Once, Wang
almost gave up on music, thanks to tough experiences
while studying the piano as a child. However, a lucky
coincidence brought Wang together with the rest of Mosquito
Music and helped re-ignite her passion for music.
Wu Jia-Bin (pan flute): Still majoring
in Environmental Planning and Design at school, Wu became
interested in music when his mother gave him a pan flute
eight years ago. From his aptitude with that instrument,
one would never guess that he has never formally studied