The Sio-po-kua, a requisite musical literacy to early-generation Taiwanese literati, is strange and unfamiliar to modern listeners. Famed flutist Chia-Fen Tsai was blown away by the brooding, warbling tunes of several elderly women when she visited Pinglin, an iconic tea production outpost in northern Taiwan. The music was decidedly rooted in community culture and traditions. And even the musical form is characterized by a scale of only three notes, the Sio-po-kua tells many long-forgotten stories buried deep in Pinglin’s vibrant tea gardens.
"The Sounds of Antigua: Classic Taiwanese Folk Songs for Flute", a collection distinctively characterized by Taiwan’s musical genes, that seeks to recover deep-buried memories of banter songs from Taiwan’s tea farms, for a bridge that connects the present, and the past. With "Pinglin’s Sio-po-kua" by Mr. Lîm Kim-siânn, a field researcher devoted to documenting banter folk songs, as the blueprint, composer Chun-Da Huang reinterprets the songs accordingly. This is the first album in the world that devotes to the timeless beauty of Taiwanese banter folk songs: it fuses Taiwan’s local soundscape with western musical instruments. The internationally-renowned classical guitaristm Rene Izquierdo, who has graced other musical collaboration efforts in the past, joined the recording with the Tabernacle's Women Choir to produce this milestone collection.
Every song, bearing Taiwan’s signature musical DNA, is the enchanting carrier of a love story from lifetimes ago. Time stands still in the caresses of air and strings; the earthy aroma of the tea garden beckons the listeners, like a siren’s song.
The melodious, silvery, and undulating flute music
dances with the full-bodied, smoky key of classical guitar.
The songs travel through the woods, the tea plantations, luxuriating in the atmospheric yet romantic soundscape of a Sio-Po-Kua.
In picking a tea leaf, the musical heritage of the folk ballads soaks up the spirit of the classical;
In making a deliberate sip, the tea drinker treats his taste buds to the fragrance of freshly harvested tea.
Time stands still in the caresses of air and strings; the earthy aroma of the tea garden beckons the listeners, like a siren’s song.
蔡佳芬CHIA-FEN TSAI｜長笛FLUTE、中音長笛ALTO FLUTE