13 November 2009

Taiwan Colour Code

As we enter the winter season in the Northern hemisphere and we've all come down with viruses, flues and other boo-hoo's, eRenlai is still on full speed and we have our very own cocktail of vitamins to ease you through the freeze. This month's edition has an artistic and contemplative flavour as we introduce you three talented and original musicians. Yaping Wang is a young Taiwanese female composer who tells us how she discovered her vocation, Luo Chao-yun (AKA Pipawoman) likes to merge her experimental music with musicians from all over the world, including Erdem Helvacioglu, a Turkish guitarist and musical engineer with whom she has recently recorded an album in Istanbul. This music, together with Yaping's is provided in the printed edition of Renlai Magazine in Taiwan (email me for more info or to get the CD).

In the editorial section, Benoit Vermander comforts us with his own interpretation of Bodily Pains, before taking on the challenges of the Catholic Church in Taiwan. From Nick's travels in Java he brings you back sun and poetry in a video of Yoyo Jewe on the Progo River. Furthermore, Marcos Gava depicts the murky world of Buenos Aires in the surroundings of the Recoleta cemetery and Adam Materna rants against the absurdities of the world.

Our Focus invites you to a poetic and pictorial exploration of Taiwan through its 'colour code': if you had to express one feeling or one recollection with a colour, which tint would it be? You could stop one moment, close your eyes and think of a landscape or the immediate environment you’re in, what is the first image to appear in your mind? Is it only a picture? Could it be a sound, a smell, a feeling? Here, we would like to offer you a synesthetic experience through associations of colours, sensations and memories, starting for example with Grey and Pink.

We hope that you will enjoy this issue as much as we did preparing it and we wish you an excellent month of November.
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