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Dounouya: Global Sounds on the Hill welcomes Hello Taiwan 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hill Center is thrilled to welcome three acts from Taiwan as part of our Global Sounds series. Dounouya (DOON-EE-YA) is the West African word for “The Whole World.” This series of singular concerts, curated and hosted by Jim Thomson, features musicians at the forefront of the global music scene. Thompson will facilitate a brief conversation with the artists.
Golden Melody Award-winning musicians Biung and Sean Huang, as well as Gina Can, are performing in the U.S. as part of the Hello Taiwan 2017 tour! Hello Taiwan is an annual event bringing leading artists from Taiwan to the US to reach American audiences. Taiwanese aborigine people are renowned throughout Asia for their soulful vocal tone and heart-felt songs. This is a unique opportunity to hear these three artists at Hill Center!
Biung won the “Best Aboriginal Singer” Golden Melody Award. He lives in Taipei, but was raised in the mountains. He sings in his native language, Bunun, and is a member of the Bunun aborigine group. “Biung” means “pass the torch,” and his mission is to do exactly that, by sharing the peace and beauty of his songs across cultures.
Gina is a member of the Hakka ethnic group and sings in Hakka language. She’s influenced by jazz and soul, and leads a 5-piece band with serious chops. Her songs are full of passion, a fantastic vehicle for her powerful voice and magnificent range. Her band members are all deeply rooted in contemporary Hakka culture, and at the same time, they love artists like Stevie Wonder.
Sean sings his own original songs, with a great vocal technique and fun uplifting style. Winner of a Golden Melody Award, which is the Taiwanese equivalent of a Grammy. He writes songs about daily life in Taipei. His biggest hit was about environmental conservation, reaching millions of his fans with this message.
Jim Thomson owns and operates the Brooklyn/Washington, DC-based boutique record label-Electric Cowbell Records. He currently runs Multiflora Productions out of Washington, DC, a multifaceted, multicultural agency that specializes in expanding the reach of genre-bending roots-to-the-future music through artist management, event marketing and music releases.