An Angel from Formosa

Taiwan lost a national treasure yesterday when composer Tyzen Hsiao was overtaken by cancer.

The video below documents the first time I had the honour of performing a piece by Hsiao; the players belong to a community orchestra in Hsinchu. Entitled An Angel from Formosa, the work expresses the composer’s gratitude to a friend. Today, it may serve to express the gratitude all of Taiwan’s musicians feel for the experience of a distinct native voice.

蕭泰然 Tyzen Hsiao (1938-2015)


The Other Interview

Here is the real interview North Korea’s leaders don’t want us to see.

The experiences of Jihyun Park, shared here in fifteen minutes by powerful but simple means, do not soon leave the memory.