The 2015 Taichung Jazz Festival, hosted by Taichung City Government, began October 24 and will run until November 01, 2015.
With the main stage at Taichung Civil Square, the venue extends all the way to the J stage located in the middle of Calligraphy Greenway. The twin-stage design matched with multiple activities ranging from foreign cuisine, cultural and creative stands, a show performance area, record displays, and a hands-on musical instruments area offer the public a smorgasbord for the five senses. In addition, to broaden Taichung Arts Festival’s scope, three more venues were added this year: Taichung Municipal City Huludun Cultural Center, Taichung City Tun District Art Center, and Taichung City Seaport Art Center. The jazz atmosphere will permeate throughout Taichung!
Taichung Jazz Festival, a showcase of Taichung’s cultural branding prowess, has grown to be one of Taiwan and Asia’s most iconic musical festivals. To celebrate the Festival’s 13th anniversary, the organizer invited 12 prestigious jazz artists and groups from around the world; these include Cadence, Teen Spirit, Uriel Herman, Charles Pasi 5et, Jazzation Cadence, and Terumasa Hino, together with 22 Taiwanese jazz teams and 15 local groups from Taichung. This 9-day music festival is once again ready to see a record one million participants.
Taichung Jazz Festival aims to bring jazz to people’s lives and to create more jazz dialogues between Taiwan and the world. It is especially committed to the legacy of jazz and the foundation of the genre among young generations. In line with such dedication, the Taichung Youth Star Jazz Band was formed years ago; young jazz lovers are recruited and fostered to develop their talents. Many are devoted to the jazz world and become professional musicians. This year sees instrument restrictions being broken as Chinese instruments, such as the sheng (mouth reed organ) and Chinese flute, were added to the band and a jazz chorus founded for the first time heralding a jazz update for the public’s ears.
For more information, please check the website at www.taichungjazzfestival.com.tw.