2018 Taiwanese & Canadian Musicians Series

7:30 PM, Sunday, October 28, Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Downtown Vancouver

The Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society (TCCS) presents a ground-breaking international collaboration crossing the east and the west at the Vancouver Playhouse on Oct 28, 2018. Taiwan’s award-winning ensemble Ka Dao Yin and Vancouver’s all-star band Proliferasian share many common interests. 


Both quartets combine jazz and Asian traditional instruments in their lineup. Both have mastered the arts to seamlessly switch gears between playing composed music and improvising on the spot. The ensembles have even drawn inspiration from the same folk materials, but have found distinctive directions to develop them into unique works. At this concert, these two bands will perform together for the first time. Come and join us on this adventurous journey

KA DAO YIN - mist and clouds

7:30 PM, Sunday, October 28

Ka Dao Yin of Taiwan

World music improvisation ensemble KaDaoYin, based in Taipei and London, returning to Canada in Oct 2018. The signature combination of C-saxophones / flute, piano, and the colorful traditional Chinese instruments sheng and guzheng stands at the crossroads of Chinese and Western music culture. 


The acoustic sound of KaDaoYin, loosely structured, but deeply felt, draws from Contemporary Classical Music, Chinese and Asian Folk Music, Free Improvisation and Jazz, and everything in between. Both of the band's 2 CDs have been awarded: Four Characters and Slow have won multiple prizes and awards for both contemporary music and traditional arts. The musicians are Klaus Bru C-saxophone, Li-Chin Lu sheng/Chinese mouth organ, Chun-Te Liu zheng/Chinese zither, Shih Yang Lee piano.

Proliferasian of Vancouver

Proliferasian performs cutting edge music rooted in Chinese music and avant-garde jazz, representing the merging of two genres. Encompassing both rhythmic intricacy in its compositions and the fluidity and spontaneity in creative improvisation, Proliferasian is a unique voice rising from the west coast of Canada. 


The musicians explore the contrasting, complimenting, and sometimes contradicting natures of multiple influences. The result is a new “musical species” that proliferates and transforms continuously. Proliferasian may take inspiration from Asian music, literature, landscape, legends, or paintings, but its music will definitely break any preconceptions of Asian cultures. Formed in 2012, Proliferasian consists of some of Vancouver’s most innovative musicians: Lan Tung (erhu/Chinese violin & vocals), JP Carter (trumpet and electronics), Colin Cowan (bass), and Kevin Romain (drums). 

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