If you like Chinese or Taiwanese traditional music, then you must not miss Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes. A favorite of many, this program is listed as one of the top ten shows in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009 by Passport to the World Band Radio, a leading shortwave magazine. A vast array of instruments are featured and it is a show that will satisfy your hunger for exotic music.
This week’s Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes features The Sky Builder composed by Phoon Yew-tiean from Singapore and the tune is about a famous Chinese myth as well as Poem of Neptune by Wang Ming-hsin from Taiwan which is an ode to Goddess Ma Zu that people in Taiwan and Fujian, China faithfully believe in.
Kang Qiao is a musician with great talents in art and since his college years, he had actively participated in the movement called “campus folk songs”, writing and singing his own songs. He continued to write after graduation from Chung Hsing University in Taiwan on a much wider range of topics including novels, verses and current affairs. His music is inspired by the true story of China’s greatest traveler Xu Xia-ke (Ming Dynasty 1586-1641) and this album will take you on a trip to experience the beauty of mountains and rivers.
Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in Taichung, Taiwan. She founded the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation in 1966 in Hualien, eastern Taiwan in 1966. Tzu Chi has then provided international humanitarian aid ever since and has become the first NGO in Taiwan to attain association status with the UN Department of Information in 2003.
This week’s Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes features Stories on the Lands of Ancient Yan (ancient Chinese state) and Zhao (one of the seven major states during the Warring States period in ancient China) as well as Jiang Nan Yu Si (Jiangsu Folk Songs).
National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO) changed its name in 2012 from National Taiwan Academy of Arts Experimental Chinese Orchestra (founded in 1984). NCO has performed in many countries in the world including in the US, Europe and Asia.