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Kao Dao Yin

 

  • Chinese Name: 卡到音
  • Year of Establishment: 2009
  • Founder(s): Lee Shih-yang (李士楊), Klaus Bru
  • Did You Know That …?
  • The band name “Ka Dao Yin” is a transliteration of a Taiwanese term meaning “to get caught up in” a supernatural incident. The band chose the phrase to express their levels of uncertainty and trance-like feelings during improvisation. 
  • Facebook: Ka-Dao-Yin-aka-Caught-Up-In

 

 

Ka Dao Yin is a world music band that takes contemporary classical music, Chinese folk music, and jazz to a new level. Specializing in incorporating Chinese and western music elements with improvisation, the band’s debut album “Four Characters (四字成語)” won the Best Jazz Album at the 3rd Golden Indie Music Awards.

As a band focused on utilizing cross-cultural instruments, Ka Dao Yin consists of pianist Lee Shih-yang, German saxophonist Klaus Bru, zitherist Liu Chun-de (劉俊德), and sheng player Hung Shao-huan (洪紹桓). Each of them brings different music influences and cultural backgrounds to the ensemble.

The band produces avant-garde and indefinable acoustic sounds that express the simplicity of folk music, the rigorousness of classical music, and the beats of jazz. Their music is equally well-received at concert halls, jazz music festivals, world music festivals, art galleries, museums, and experimental music scenes.

In 2009, Ka Dao Yin participated in the filming of documentary “The Man Behind the Book (尋找背海的人)” upon invitation by director Lin Jing-jie (林靖傑), creating dialogues through improvisational music with author Wang Wen-xing (王文興), who recited his works for the documentary.

In 2011, the band released its debut album “Four Characters,” which covers thirteen tracks all named after Chinese four-character idioms. Telling stories through music, the track “High Spirits Great Thrill (神采飛揚)” was selected as Best Jazz Track by the 3rd Golden Indie Music Awards.

To continuously develop different styles, the band often collaborates with various musicians from France, Germany, Italy, and Japan to make new music. Kao Dao Yin was also invited to join the Foreign Culture Week in Paris for conducting cultural exchanges through musical performances in 2013.

The band released its second album “Slow (慢)” in 2014. Taking inspiration from the road sign “slow down,” the album seeks to create a relaxing meditation state for listeners to embark on a soulful journey. It was named Best Crossover Album at the 25th Golden Melody Award for Traditional Arts and Music.

In addition, the band has actively participated in interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, “Long River (長河),” which was produced by Taiwan troupe WC Dance (林文中舞團) and lauded by the Taishin Arts Award, had its music designed and recorded by Ka Dao Yin.

In 2017, the band was invited to join the San Francisco International Arts Festival, and received acclaim with its outstanding live performance and unique improvisational music. 

 

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