JPG is invited to join and perform in two major arts festivals in Southeast Asia this August, namely SIPFEST and Bangkok`s International Festival of Dance & Music in Thailand.
Titled "Stunning Virtuosity," the performance yesterday was JPG`s signature concert, featuring renowned pieces such as "3 Epilogues," "J Effect," "Solar Myth," "Zhong Kui Marrying his Sister off," "Espiritu Libre," and "Drumming Fest." These are drawn from a repertoire of some 230 commissioned works for the ensemble.
At the end of the concert, JPG presented an encore of a Taiwanese special, combing the pop-music piece "You are the only one in my Heart" and Taiwan`s folk-song classic "Longing for the Spring Breeze" by Teng Yu-hsien together.
The audience at Komunitas Salihara Arts Center warmly received JPG, giving the concert a round of applause. The performers on stage even received standing ovations several times in the end.
In an interview with Antara after the concert, Tzong-Ching Ju, the founder and artistic director of JPG, remarked that it was the first time the ensemble traveled to Indonesia. The group enjoys introducing Taiwan`s percussion music to people around the world and hopes to visit southeast Asia`s biggest country again, he added.
Ju noted that the sound of percussion instruments is similar to that of the human heartbeat, which is why JPG`s performances can arouse echoes in people`s heart. Ju added that he aims at introducing Taiwan`s multi-culture to Indonesia through percussion music.
As a cooperation with Taipei City Government, the ensemble invited pipa player Pei-ling Chung from Taipei Chinese Orchestra to perform the piece "Zhong Kui Marrying his Sister off" together yesterday evening.
Yung-feng Chung, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City Government, accompanied JPG`s tour this time. Chung noted that JPG`s concerts highlight the beauty of Taiwan`s people and culture to Indonesia, which is an essential move for Taiwan`s New Southbound Policy in terms of cultural interaction.
Reporting by Chi Jo-yao
Editing by Elizwan Azly