This weekend Cheer Chen, Taiwanese indie singer-songwriter went to Beijing’s Exhibition Theater for her first concert in the mainland. At the same time that the Chinese-speaking world is testing the idols/boyband waters, it has also begun to increasingly embrace indie, like at the Music Media Awards and at the last Golden Melody Awards (basically the Chinese Grammys) which heavily favored indie where she won best album producer and was nominated for best album and best female singer. The elegance of the picture below is beautiful. No theatrics, the appeal of the concert is just a woman’s voice and her acoustic guitar.
Pics, music more of my talk about mainland-Taiwan music cross culture exchange below.
I really think, although I have no solid proof on changes in Taiwanese government regulations in my hands, due to my failure at reading simplified and more importantly, my failure at navigating bureaucratic websites, that after Ma Ying-Jeou stepped into power in Taiwan in May 2008, cultural exchange between the two places has become so, so much easier. Not only is travel easier in general due to direct flights, but there’s less of what I’m now officially calling red-tape crap that artists must up. Whether you are blue or green, for or against Taiwan’s complete political separation from the mainland, I think embracing culture and entertainment can’t be bad. So it is really nice to see Cheer Chen doing concert in Beijing and not only Beijing but Hong Kong as well (which was earlier in the week). I will next, on the flipside be covering Anson Hu’s concert in Taiwan, which is quite something of a breakthrough.
For now just enjoy pretty pictures of Chen doing what she does best.
To listen to her songs and get an introduction to them, China Beat has a edition on her.
This is probably my favorite song by her. It represents a bit more of her recent work which dabbles more into rock.