From the Editor, Red Room Reflections

by Ruth Giordano

Dear Red Room Readers,
Welcome to the monthly Reflections where we look back on events of the month just past.

This month, a piece from our collection of Red Roomers’ Reflections on their favorite memories of Red Room.

“The first time I went to Red Room, I remember seeing this guy on the subway on the way there. From the subway car itself, to the shuffling through escalators and exiting the station, stopping at crosswalks, and navigating Zhongxiao East Road’s sidewalks, we must have made eye contact five or six times as our paths crossed. At some point during these fleeting glances and would-be interactions, it occurred to me that this person might going to the same place I was going. But the city is busy. You don’t usually say hi to people when you’re in commute mode. We were both so focused on where we wanted to be that we had little to no time to consider where we presently were. What I loved was the night and day difference in our demeanors when we saw each other 20 minutes later in the space. No longer obeying the polite stranger etiquette, we instantly warmed to one another. That was you, you were that guy! Are that guy! It was a great feeling. Nothing had really changed about us from the street to the Red Room, but what a difference location can make. Just like that, we were suddenly together and not just alone in the same space. You gotta like the kind of place where strangers really are just friends you haven’t met yet.
 So come to the Red Room and keep on meeting people, am I right? “

Addison Eng, in ‘character’ for Red Room Radio Redux’s production of Dracula.

You gotta like the kind of place where strangers really are just friends you haven’t met yet.
 So come to the Red Room and keep on meeting people, am I right?

Addison Eng
Addison Engin ‘character’ for Red Room Radio Redux’s production of Dracula.
Playing for Change @ the Red Room

Stage Time & Juice has a lot to crow about this month: the focus for the September ST&J was to raise funds for Playing for Change, the global movement to bring music education to children in impoverished areas – and our event DID raise money and elevated the spirit of many of the attendees as well!

In the afternoon, the Stage Time & Juice crowd got together for fun sharing with music. Read on…

Playing for Change
by Christine Stokes (age 8)

“It was fun to play for change and help raise money for children.
I enjoyed singing and making music with everyone. It was fun playing musical statues. I was nervous singing in front of the crowd. The crowd was happy and that made me happy, too. At first, I was very shy. After everyone clapped I felt joyful. I want to go to the Red Room again and see the happy people.”

And in the evening, the monthly Stage Time and Wine, hosted by the stalwart and dauntless Reeves, was also dedicated to the Playing for Change movement.

Photos can be viewed here.

Red Room is so pleased and proud to support the praiseworthy Playing for Change movement

Hello Red Room Art Lover!
Welcome to the October edition of the Red Room Visual Arts news. Red Room is all about building a community and this news edition aims to keep you informed on how you can get involved. Here you will find all of our latest Visual Arts happenings – we would love to see you at the next event!
Read more here.

Kind of Red, September 29, 2017

Vicky Sun
Vocalist for Kind of Red Collective

The Jazz audience in Taipei is timid. More timid than one would hope. There are no guffaws of approval, no whoops of excitement, no whistles of affirmation. Still, there they sit, faces dimly lit by flickering candles, hidden behind the occasional sip of red wine. Was that a smile, maybe? A performer gets what a performer gets, and while the audience may not be interactive, they are engaged. Every once in a while, you get the brazen cheer from an outlying listener, someone who had just moved to town and “did not expect you to bring the funk.” Why thank you, I’ll take that as a compliment. And isn’t it complimentary enough when the audience is relaxed and entranced and claps after every song? It’s the electricity, it’s the light, it’s the heat of sound and the rumble of rhythm.

“They don’t make music like this anymore. This brings me back to my youth. This was the music that we listened to,” so proclaimed Red Room’s Keeper of the Faith. So, does this make me the Keeper of the Music? The Keeper of the Funk? Maybe. Maybe not. Something worth keeping in mind for next month, perhaps.

Red Room Radio Redux (R4)

On the Isle of Formosa, tune in to ICRTFM-100

on the web, go to www.icrt.com.tw and click on Tune In (left-side of the screen)

Thanks all for all your love and support and stellar performances!
R4 Director/Editor | Ruth Giordano