Taiwan’s music industry is the leading hub for developing Chinese and international artistic talent for markets around the world.
Taiwan has an impressive reputation for introducing new creative talent in Mainland China who go on to become highly successful in that market. It is also successfully introducing Chinese creative talent to the international market.
Three Taiwan artists/bands who are contributing to Taiwan’s succes will be performing live at MIDEM for a showcase on January 24th at 21:00 at Majestic, Salone Croisette. The talent and diversity of these musicians will convince you that “made in Taiwan” isn’t applicable to just tangible goods, but music as well. They are three of countless good reasons to visit Taiwan’s booth at MIDEM.
Taiwan Nights @ MIDEM 2011 January 24, 2011; Majestic Hotel, Salon Croisette. Program
21:10 to 21:40 – SUMING, The Amis All-round Artist (world/pop).
22:00 to 22:30 – Deserts & Algae, Taiwan Premier Indie Singer-Songwriter (pop).
22:50 to 23:20 – 1976, Mandarin Rock Influenced by UK Post-punk & New Wave Music (rock).
SUMING is a young Amis singer-songwriter and vocalist for the Taiwan aboriginal bands Totem and Echo G.S. His music breaks boundaries by seamlessly combining a wide range of elements from electronic pop to traditional chanting, and from folk rock to world music. SUMING received the 2009 Golden Horse Best Newcomer Award for his stellar performance in the short film “Hopscotch.” The albums released when SUMING performed with Totem were both nominated for the Best Band Award by the Golden Melody Award Program. In May 2010, SUMING released his first solo album entitled “Over There Sing,” which was written and performed entirely in the Amis language and characterized by exotic aboriginal music that has proven to be an unforgettable experience for mainstream listeners.
Deserts (aka Chang Xuan), Taiwan’s premiere indie singer, has conquered both the alternative Taiwan music scene and the MTV Iggy offices. Her understated, stripped down folk-pop style acoustic guitar and light, transparent voice has enraptured mainstream audiences. A favorite of live music aficionados, Deserts Chang made the leap to a major record label in 2006 with her debut album “My Life Will” which received four nominations at the 2007 Golden Melody Awards, including Best Song of the Year and Best Mandarin Album. Staying true to her musical roots with an earthy selection of poetic, guitar-driven numbers resulted in her nomination for Best Lyricist at the 2008 Golden Melody Awards. In 2008, Deserts joined forces with the band Algae (bassist Sunho, guitarist Cent and guest keyboarder Hsu-Chang Chin), and in 2009, released her third album “City.”
1976 has created a unique sound with a dazzling and psychedelic atmosphere which was highly influenced by the 1980’s UK post-punk and new wave music, like The Smiths, New Order, and The Cure. After their fourth album, “Still the New Wave Flow,” was released in Beijing, 1976 hit the road on their first tour of Japan in 2006, with performances from Nagoya to Koufu to Tokyo. In 2009, they were invited to be part of OASIS’s tour in Taiwan. Their latest album, “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” received a nomination for the 21st Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan, and in 2010, 1976 won the Best Band award at the Golden Melody Awards program.