"It was always a dream of mine to organize an
percussion convention," says Tzong-ching Ju.
This dream finally came true in 1993.
The triennial Taipei International Percussion Convention (TIPC)
was incepted in 1993 and is entering its sixth event in May 2008.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Tzong-Ching Ju, founder of the Ju Percussion
Group and the Ju Percussion Group Foundation, envisaged an event
that presented Taiwan¡¦s thriving percussion music to the international
music community while bring the best of the world¡¦s percussion
music to the island. The TIPC was thus first held in 1993 by the
Ju Percussion Group Foundation with the assistance of the musicians
in the Ju Percussion Group. The 1993 convention instantly became
a highlight of the percussion scene and marked the beginning of
the outreach of Taiwanese percussion music towards the world.
Over nearly two decades, the TIPC successfully fulfilled the
vision of continually introducing local musicians and audiences
with first-rated international percussion music and simultaneously
demonstrated the Taiwanese percussion music to the world. TIPC
has also served as a networking platform for musicians, composers
and music lovers to learn from and collaborate with each other.
Workshops and lectures were held for arts practitioners and the
general public, aiming at enhancing the development of percussion
OVERVIEW OF TIPC
1993-2002 Deep-rooted in Taiwan. Marching
towards the world
Bearing the idea of ¡¥presenting traditional Taiwanese
percussive culture to the world,¡¦ the hosting Ju Percussion Group
invited local and overseas percussion groups to join together
in Taiwan, each adopting a piece by a Taiwanese composer into
its program. During the events, local groups such as Hung Sheng
Lion Dance Theater, and Atayal Tribe Arts Troupe stunned the audience
with their dynamic representation of the traditional Taiwanese
percussive arts. The first three TIPCs established a prestige
for itself and enormously increased Taipei¡¦s importance as an
international hub of percussion.
2002-2005 Broaden the horizon and seek
The fourth TIPC in 2002 featured a diverse programme
of 21 concerts, consisting of collaborative performances such
as Percussive Music Across Asia, Jazz Percussion Concert, The
Night of Marimba and a joint concert of the Ju Percussion Group
and Les Percussions de Strasbourg. The 2002 TIPC was the first-ever
festival that had the honor to have invited the world¡¦s four major
percussion groups ¡V The Kroumata Ensemble from Sweden, Les Percussion
de Strasbourg from France, Amadinda Percussion Group from Hungary
and NEXUS from Canada. The 2002 TIPC is yet the largest convention
up-to-date with its 21 touring concerts in five cities during
the twelve-day festivities.
2005-2008 Stepping into the new era and
leading the trend.
The fifth TIPC in 2005 invited a new generation of percussionists,
all aged under thirty-five. These young and rising stars in the
percussion world employed a diversity of elements, technology,
art forms and delivered cutting-edge performances. They were to
be the pioneers of the new percussive music. The record-setting
100-person marimba orchestra, hosted by the Ju Percussion Group
premiered in the 2005 convention and became the highlight of this
2008 Drumming up the new era
The 2008 TIPC marks the sixth of this triennial event. Following
its past experiences, TIPC continues to deliver the excellence
of percussion music. This year, acclaimed groups from 10 countries
including Austria, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the
Netherlands, Spain, USA and Taiwan, will show the local and international
audiences the best of percussive music, while blending their innovation
with a touch of the cultural atmosphere from their home countries.
The 10 different styles and dynamics will surely challenge and
excite the audience both acoustically and visually.
For more information please contact Ju
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