C-LAB’s sound festival kicks off in Taipei, featuring cross-disciplinary works

The biennial C-LAB Sound Festival: Diversonics kicked off on Friday in Taipei and will feature close to 20 diverse and cross-disciplinary contemporary music and sound art works over the next two weeks, involving around 90 participating creators and performers.

The festival, which is being held from Nov. 12-28 at Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB), will feature 18 works categorized by "Contemporary Selection," "Concert Films," "Academy," "Sounds of Contemporary Dance," and "Installations and Performances," according to C-LAB.

At the opening ceremony on Friday, composer and renowned concert pianist Lu Chia-hui (???) performed her original composition, categorized in the "Contemporary Selection," Butterfly Orchid, an avant-grade production representing a fantasy about being trapped, transforming and sacrificing for love, C-LAB said in a statement.

The dreamy piano composition is accompanied by 3D animated contemporary artworks created by veteran artist Paul Chiang (???), whose career spans over 55-years, C-LAB said.

Chiang's works are often inspired by music, reflecting joy and confidence as it portrays both Chinese and Western elements, Lu said.

"Seeing Chiang's solo exhibition in an art gallery many years ago, I was deeply moved and like a seed, it was buried in my heart," Lu said.

The inspiration for Butterfly Orchid came from a dream she had after she visited an orchid garden in Tainan and saw a flower that looked like a butterfly and a dancer, according to Lu.

"I liked it very much, it can be said that I fell in love at first sight. The next day I dreamt of the orchid and the music, like as if a deity was helping me and I quickly wrote down the music when I woke up," Lu said.

Another performance was by NanaFormosa Percussion Duo, which comprised of two female artists who have been awarded in the Luxembourg International Percussion Competition.

The duo performed Born from Chaos, also from the "Contemporary Selection" category. The work comprises of two short compositions from percussion series Khaos by Brazilian composer Rodrigo Bussad.

Culture Minister Lee Yung-te (???) said the 2021 C-LAB Sound Festival: Diversonics is organized in cooperation with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in France.

IRCAM is very advanced in the field of sound art, and he believes it will bring the audience unique feelings and experiences, Lee said.

The C-LAB Sound Festival: Diversonics was established in 2019 to explore diverse dimensions and endless possibilities of contemporary sound art and technology applications through cross-domains, according to C-LAB.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel