Reviews of The Essence, Charity Art event, June 2017

Charity event 060417

Photos from the charity art event can be viewed above.
A great event enjoyed by all who came, painted, and viewed the work.

今天有很多自閉症的朋友來到畫展現場一起在畫布上留下了屬於自己的獨特記號還有可愛的學員們在台上唱歌表演超級盡興能與學員們再次同樂看到他們開心大笑的樣子主辦人、社工與志工們、還有自閉症朋友們的家長都非常的感動每一個人都用力的幫大孩子們大聲鼓掌鼓勵他們一起到台上作畫與互動。好欣慰現在這個社會其實一點都不冷漠因為你我的愛與關懷自從昨天開幕大成功開始世界變得不ㄧ樣了。 -from Ting Hsu


今天有很多自閉症的朋友來到畫展現場一起在畫布上留下了屬於自己的獨特記號還有可愛的學員們在台上唱歌表演超級盡興能與學員們再次同樂看到他們開心大笑的樣子主辦人、社工與志工們、還有自閉症朋友們的家長都非常的感動每一個人都用力的幫大孩子們大聲鼓掌鼓勵他們一起到台上作畫與互動。好欣慰現在這個社會其實一點都不冷漠因為你我的愛與關懷自從昨天開幕大成功開始世界變得不ㄧ樣了。


今天有很多自閉症的朋友來到畫展現場一起在畫布上留下了屬於自己的獨特記號還有可愛的學員們在台上唱歌表演超級盡興能與學員們再次同樂看到他們開心大笑的樣子主辦人、社工與志工們、還有自閉症朋友們的家長都非常的感動每一個人都用力的幫大孩子們大聲鼓掌鼓勵他們一起到台上作畫與互動。好欣慰現在這個社會其實一點都不冷漠因為你我的愛與關懷自從昨天開幕大成功開始世界變得不ㄧ樣了。 -from Ting Hsu


這次到自閉症基金會陪他們畫畫覺得幸福的是自己。由於是第一次與他們近距離相處一開始其實很不知所措但後來在陪他們畫畫的過程中從他們選顏色的喜好、畫畫的步驟、中斷的頻率偷偷慢慢認識他們能感受到雖然他們都在自閉症基金會上課但每一位都跟我們一樣這麽獨一無二。身為一個設計工作者能夠參與到這樣的藝術志工活動真的覺得收獲很多對於往後要進修設計的我也有了更多面向的思考。很謝謝這次的設計師主辦的這場活動讓我能夠有這樣的體驗與學習也因為看到這麼多人參與這樣的活動讓我覺得心真的暖暖呀。-from Manping Chen


在這個公益活動進行之前 其實我滿心的緊張 沒有和特殊的小朋友相處過 心理頻頻擔心著自己該如何與他們溝通以及互動
由於本身比較容易缺乏耐性 更是讓我在參加志工前與Eva Lo 聊了一下自己的擔憂
到活動現場 已經漸漸感受到基金會是個很有愛的地方
志工們一起布置現場 準備好畫具 在活動進行時 也看到了許多情況不同的小朋友們 雖然他們缺乏大部分人所擁有的 但是他們卻擁有大部分人所缺乏的- 那份純潔的心 簡單的心 尚未受世俗所感染的內在美。
與其說是我們對這些小朋友付出的愛 倒不如說 其實是我們去感受他們所擁有的那份心
看到他們做完的成品 發現每個小朋友都很有藝術天分 也能從作品中看出每個人不同的個性
雖然 他們可能沒辦法讓你了解他們所想要說的 或是想要做的
但是從創作過程中 卻可以感受到他們內心的感受
這次的活動真的很美滿 很簡單的 就是一個從愛出發的想法
謝謝EVA讓我有機會從這些孩子們身上學習
也讓我能夠學會更珍惜自己所擁有的
其實 簡單 就是生活最大的美學之一。
這次的畫展也將展出小朋友們創作的作品 希望大家能夠來一起感受他們那份單純的愛
-from Audrey Chen


 

I want to stay in this dream forever, June 2017

What is Red Room?
Red Room Guidebook Vol.1 is an new illustrated book that captures the journey of Red Room and tells the story of who and what we are.

首次認識紅坊時,紅坊就好像是一扇優雅線條的門、有著油亮的紅色油漆,四四方方的,門的各個角落都有好多小細節讓人去發掘,甚至有些要用心(感受)。如果不仔細看(觀賞),不仔細敲敲看(聆聽),或許對大部分的人來說,就只是一扇普通的紅色大門。

紅坊入門指南,就是一扇可以讓你直接通往紅坊(當然你也一定要來紅坊!),了解我們是什麼的一本插畫書。淺顯易懂,也可讓大家真正了解紅坊不只是一個平台,也是個可讓大家結識朋友,讓不可能變成可能的夢想舞台。

「如果你在夢裡見到了兩扇紅色的大門,你會好奇地打開去探索,還是站在大門前,等人開啟那扇門?」

紅坊就像是一場美麗又現實的夢。邀請你一起來紅坊,細細品讀紅坊入門指南,了解我們到底是什麼?也可藉由購買這本紅坊指南,支持我們。

Red Room Guidebook Vol.1 is an new illustrated book that captures the journey of Red Room and tells the story of who and what we are.

Imagine yourself in a dream: Beautiful, massive deep-red doors right in front of you. Would you be curious enough to turn the door knob or would you rather stand in front of the door, waiting for someone to open them for you?

I see my life as a dream or moving pictures in the cinema. Sometimes, I enjoy the moments of my dream so much that I would love to just live in that dream.
When I wake up, I always note to myself, “I want to stay in this dream forever.”

The Red Room experience is like a beautiful dream to me. Within the physical space, there are many corners or surfaces from which to where see and observe. You also need to feel with your heart and to knock on the doors with your ears. Otherwise, it will be like any ordinary red door to you.

Check out the new Red Room Guidebook Vol. 1

Support the Red Room – simply grab a book for 100NTD.
We welcome you ask us about the stories.
We welcome you to join our dream 🙂

Inspirations 創意發想 | Ayesha Mehta
Organisation 策劃 | Manav Mehta
Design 設計 | Roma Mehta
Illustration 插畫 | Grace Hsu

Red Room Guidebook Vol.1

by Grace Hsu

KIND OF RED X, June 2017

KIND OF RED X

06/30/2017
The last Friday of the month and the last day of June. The object of the evening: to savor wine in culture. The title of the event: Kind of Red X (the tenth edition)
It was a social evening for sampling wine, tasting tapas and relaxing with soul-soothing music.

Gourmet Plus provided delicious finger food and Sommelier Wayne Pu 步文鈞 from SZITY WINE CELLAR sported the wine for the evening.

The guests settled into a cozy café-style seating arrangement to enjoy the Kind of Red ensemble playing jazz standards, funk fusion, and swing music.

A tribute to Miles Davis Kind of Blue, Kind of Red at the Red Room is a unique experience in Taipei, and takes place on the last Friday of each month.

Photos from previous Kind of Red events:

Kind of Red VI

Join us at the next Kind of Red coming up on July 28 from 7pm to 10pm, at the Red Room.


KOR Ensemble
成立於2014年,團員們曾於2014年擔任政大爵士樂社社團分部指導老師。原先為Trio三重奏組合。而後因為曲風嘗試 與認識新夥伴,曾以Quartet、Quintet…等各編制進行演出。
演出足跡遍布中正紀念堂、享巷、日和公園、Legacy Taipei、TAV、Café V、The River、Uranium、Sappho等知名展 演場地演出深受觀眾喜愛獲得好評。
Facebook粉絲專頁: https://www.facebook.com/kindofredtaipei/?ref=bookmarks

Dream Day Concert June 24 2017

Dream Day Concert June 24
By Yi Ching Ku

Dreaming through Dance and Music-
A Celebration of our Indigenous Culture

The Dream Day is a part of a fund-raising project for a group of Fujen University students from 7 of Taiwan’s Indigenous tribes to attend the biggest festival of American indigenous tribes – Pow Wow in Oregon and San Francisco, California this very summer.

The event was hosted in Red Room, Taipei The night was a celebration of diversity, of different cultures, different roots.
The room was already buzzing with excitement, with performers in indigenous costumes amongst the crowd getting ready in vibrant costumes, with the unique patterns of their tribe. On the table lay a dazzling array of traditional food, such as sticky rice steamed in bamboo and wild boar rice dumplings. It was already a wild stimulation of the senses before the show even began.

Our Red Room Muse Tina Ma gave a spoken-word performance on the power of music, dance and story-telling to pass on the stories we’ve inherited from our ancestors. Barefoot, with a garland of green leaves on her head, Tina took the stage, looking like a nymph emerging from a mystical land. She began her performance by singing an old song from the Native Americans: “I am walking beauty, beauty is all around us.” In her piece, she praised the beauty and wisdom of nature and our deep connection with it. From the rattlesnake’s husk to the feathers of eagles from the east and the west, she reminded us that the stories of nature are ours to live and tell. These are the stories that have shaped our identity and our very being.

We also got a taste of India when our Red Room friends Tracy and Rajat performed two Indian folk songs (Bhawaiya nad and baul music). Rajat sang and Tracy played the moon guitar.
No sooner had they begun, their music found its way inside us. Every cell in our bodies was moving in unison with the rise and fall of the melody and our breathing became the very rhythm of the music.

The entire audience was transported to another realm.

There was something hypnotizing and sensual about the high orbiting notes that resounded like the purest yet most luscious form of language.
The melodious sounds seemed too beautiful for our mortal ears, yet they echoed deeply within us. It seemed to bear witness to the power of art and music that transcends time, space, language and culture.

Watch a clip from the show here

Undoubtedly, the music formed different landscapes in each individual’s mind, whether it be a pastoral scene, a distant memory or the face of a loved one – but there was a sense of serenity that permeated the room, putting us in a divine trance that transcended the inconsonance of reality.

The leader of the project and experienced performer Mulinung Taliladang graced the stage with her voice as strong and passionate as the sweeping wind that echoes through a deep valley; ethereal, as it lingered on every rock and tree. “Vuvu ataqedu” (Sleep Tight, my Grand Child) was a lullaby sung with such impact that moved us profoundly, like our hearts were suddenly awareness of something much greater than ourselves.

The evening was also an extraordinary concoction of traditional harmony and contemporary acoustics. The combination of a soaring a capella followed by band instruments infused the compelling indigenous Taiwanese music with the sound of the 21st century. It was a delight to see these young creative minds revitalizing their culture and making new sounds from the old.

The evening ended much too quickly. The last performance was a moving dance piece that told the journey of this very group of young students, finding their identity and connection with their culture. The dancers started by running on stage in regular T-shirts, looking lost and boggled down by an invisible pressure, until they each found a piece of clothing from their tribe, picked it up and hastily put it on. Each began to call out in their individual tribal tongue, and they moved together in one, like a wave determined not to be swallowed by the swelling ocean. It gave rise to the question of how to keep indigenous culture and identity alive in this big urban melting pot, where we are lost in the humdrum routine of everyday life, and where minorities became even more marginalized.

The night of music spirit culminated in the style of traditional indigenous communal dance where the entire audience got to their feet, held hands in a large circle and joined in the dance that symbolizes union and oneness. As we, the audience stumbled to our feet and struggled to keep up with the rhythm, we realized that we are in one with this beautiful culture that is so intrinsically a part of us and our land.

Photo and videos courtesy of 李庭萱 and other Red Roomers.

Stage Time & Wine XC June 2017

Stage Time & Wine XC June 17
By Addison Eng

Stage Time & Wine 90

Now,
the Red Room is full of glowing people.
Some I have seen before,
some I have not,
but the important thing is that all of them are here, now.

Somebody is reading an original poem into the microphone,
their words never before heard by others’ ears
and their left hand trembling honesty.

Somebody is listening and recalling
bittersweet days gone by with a former love,
funny how the brain does that without being asked.

Somebody is listening
and spontaneously whispers to their partner about cheese,
how they should get some sharp cheddar for tacos tomorrow.

Somebody is hearing
the poet without taking in a single word as they go over their performance in their head for the seventh time in the last 50 minutes, trying to make friends with their jitters.

Somebody is eyeing with nervous excitement
the acoustic guitar resting upstage,
suddenly considering if they still know “Blackbird” well enough to lay it down in the second half.

Somebody is helping a toddler take off their shoes,
a playfully guilty grin spreading across their face
as the Velcro rips faintly
despite every effort to be silent.

Somebody is refilling their cup of mulled wine because,
well,
it needs to be refilled;
we don’t call it Stage Time and Empty Cups.

Kristy is smiling, content at her post in the front.
Sharon is puttering about dutifully at the bar.
JJ is taking pictures with subtle flourish.
Roma has found her usual spot that’s somehow out of the spotlight but right in the action.
Constance’s dip and soup are already long gone, as is inevitable.
Chamber is camped out on the bed with a Michelob Special Dark in hand, beaming with such exuberance that even his new haircut seems to be smiling.
Yuean is sitting right in the front, devoting her full attention to the speaker, giving so much and asking for so little in return, as per usual.
Charles stands in the back, a rock-solid sentinel of love and support.
Mellow is of course everywhere and doing everything at the same time: backstage and on stage, to the side and to the front, listening and speaking, providing and consuming, leading and following, a master conductor of people and vibes.

Now here’s me
taking it all in from my perch in the sound booth off stage right
(and Lawrence, by my side,
is playing with the vocal effects ever-so-slightly,
so even though his eyes are closed I can still see them twinkling impishly).

I sense,
acutely,
that each of these somebodies is
so much bigger and nuanced and richer
than I can see in a single sweep of the room at a single Stage Time and Wine.

Of course,
their stories have taken all of them to places that I’ve never been. They’ve told secrets I’ll never hear to people I’ll never meet.
They’ve all gone through loses and celebrated triumphs that I’ll never understand,
or perhaps haven’t ever imagined.

But it’s ok,
because now we’re here.
And despite the many mysteries and unknown variables,
I feel confident that
we’re all much closer together than we are far apart,
more united than divided,
more similar than different.

Sure, life is meaningless and we all die alone,
but right now,
somebody has just finished reciting their original poem
and I need to go tell them how awesome it was,
because it really was.

Right now, we’re at Stage Time and Wine.

Next Stage Time & Wine is on the 15th of July, same time same place.

A Note from the Editor: June 2017

A Note from the Editor:

This month’s eNews includes (in no particular order): two peoples’ reflections on the most recent Stage Time and Wine experience, (one Taiwanese, one native English speaker), a poem by a departing Roomer, a link to the first edition of The Red Room Artists News PLUS a description of an R4 experimental workshop production presented at the most recent Stage Time & Juice. Special bonus: Juicers contributed reflections to share here, at the Red Room eNews. Read on…

Read the Artists’ News for June 2017 here.
The Red Room Artists’ News

BTW:
R4 Red Room Radio Redux is on summer vacation.