Afternoon Tree10/07 ( Sat ) 15:00-16:00
Originally formed in 2006, the band Afternoon Tree consisted of three musicians with totally different backgrounds: harmonicist Toshi, guitarist Mountain, and cellist Annie. In 2009, erhu player Evon joined the band, increasing the depth and imagination of the band through the integration of the traditional instrument with jazz music. In 2014, violinist Wei-Jun Huang also joined the band, once again enriching the jazz image of Afternoon Tree.
Afternoon Tree has put efforts into the promotion in Taiwan by participating in various music festivals in different cities and campus concerts in at universities. They also went to perform in Tokyo and the Kansai area for several times, brining Taiwan’s beautiful music to a different country. In addition, after producing two EPs, they also released two instrumental albums, " Clover " and " Rosemary”, in 2010 and 2013.
Afternoon Tree has a unique combination of rare instruments. In every concert, the band brings a fresh and refined aesthetic experience through their music to the audience. They are always looking for the possibility of creating dialogues between different types of music, such as classical music, traditional jazz or fusion music, folk songs around the world, Mandarin and Western pop songs, and even traditional Chinese music and Hakka folk songs. They have been looking for inspiration from a variety of music types and also working with singers and musicians with different styles and types, making their music closer to their ideals through the exchange and cooperation.
In recent years, the band has been dedicated to discovering beautiful music from Taiwan, Japan, Asia, and even the rest of the world. They try to use a different arrangement of instruments or vocals in music to create a lot of melodious songs with full of imagination, characteristics of local culture, and a unique art atmosphere.
Nick Javier Group10/07 ( Sat ) 16:00-17:00
Jazz...Black American culture developed in the human gumbo of New Orleans. Preceded by work songs, field hollers, the church, military bands, ragtime, and the Blues. Hiphop...Black American culture developed in the decay of the Bronx in the 1970s. Preceded by jazz, Rhythm and blues, soul, and funk. So closely related, lines between them blurred.
Oli Baron Trio10/14 ( Sat ) 15:00-16:00
Oli Baron trio is Oli Baron on trumpet ( France ) , Tim Yeh on piano ( Taiwan ) and Cyrille Briegel on double bass ( France ) . Influenced by Miles Davis , Chet Baker , Oscar Peterson , their performance is a real feast for a jazz lover.
Yuan Quintet10/14 ( Sun ) 16:00-17:00
Yuan quintet is a creative jazz group around Belgian bassist-composer Martijn Vanbuel and Tai-wanese vocalist Wen-Hui Tsai. Martijn has been a resident of Taiwan since 2006, and has worked with Wen-Hui in different contexts. Wen-Hui has been living in Belgium since 2010. Thus, each of them now lives in the other one's country.
Nevertheless, Martijn and Wen-Hui take every oppor-tunity to play together. They developed an interesting set of tunes that always somehow relate to their beloved Taiwan. They are either re-arranged Taiwan folk tunes or composed originals with an oriental touch, and added lyrics in Mandarin or Taiwanese.
In this project, first they are joined by fabulous guitarist Tim Finoulst as a trio. Tim turns out to be the right guy for the job, playing rhythmically as well as melodically and harmonically perfectly in the style. After working together and playing concerts, they invited pianist Hendrik Lasure and drummer Matthias De Waele who bring a powerful, creative input to this quintet.
Yuan is an exciting new musical formation, which is finding its own direction between east and west, tradition and innovation, composition and improvisation. In trio or in quintet both bring out different characters and personalities.
Uriel Herman Quartet10/15 ( Sun ) 15:00-16:00
Uriel Herman graduated from Jerusalem College of Music and is a favorite modern Israeli pianist and composer. Herman's sophisticated playing techniques come out of a profound background in classical music. Classical music and classical playing are still very close to his heart, but what was missing was the freedom, so he breaks the limit by jazz, through it’s improvise, breaking form to pursue his idea music style. He brings special styles in his mind to life, mixing jazz, classical and rock, and sometimes incorporating original Israel-inspired folk songs as well.
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet10/15 ( Sun ) 16:00-17:00
Yuri Honing is a world-famous Dutch saxophonist with a very unique and experimental style that makes jazz more enriched. He has been regarded as a pioneer in the music circle by integrating trendy pop songs, American classic songs, dance songs, classical music and modern style with jazz music.
With a smooth flow of music and changing styles, Yuri Honing has achieved a great success in the music industry. He has covered many songs sung by famous singers, such as Abba, The Police, Bjork and Blondie, and received good reviews.
Besides, he has worked with a number of top jazz musicians, including Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock. He has so far 18 albums, among which " Seven " won " Edison Jazz Award " that is regarded as the Dutch Grammy. In 2012, Yuri Honing won the Dutch Boy Edgar Prijs.
Honing’s music has been introduced to a wide audience in more than 70 countries around the world. To him, jazz is not just a style, but a language. Currently, Honing is focused on leading two bands, which are Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet and an electronic band Wired Paradise.