The Sound of Antigua—Duets for Flute and Guitar
【褒．種茶】Sio-po-kua: Music from Taiwan's Lush Tea Gardens
Redolent with a traditional flair foreign to many ears, these songs were almost lost in the flotsam and jetsam of history. The Sio-po-kua banter songs were sung as a heritage music form to the early-generation Taiwanese literati. Yet now, only a handful of silver-haired singers are able to recite a few verses and a few tunes. These songs, created on a musical scale of just three notes, are a vessel of many wistful tales from the tea gardens in Pinglin.
This album is a continuation of "The Sound 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.
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
01 探訪 The Visit
02 遠看 Looking At You From Afar
03 茶園相褒 Sio-po-kua in the Tea Garden
04 一蕊好花是金菊 A Beautiful Golden Aster
05 挽茶苦The Travails of Tea Leaf-Picking
06 一叢好花栽落湖 A Cluster of Flowers Falling into the Lake
07 思念 Missing You
08 一遍種茶十外叢 Ten Newly Grown Tea Trees
09 阿嬤講相褒 History of the Sio-po-kua
10 初見 At First Sight
11 回首 Looking Back