Lâm-hun-koh Nanguan Music and Theater Troupe is devoted to preserving the tradition and essence of Nanguan music while also connecting the art with contemporary society. This performance at Asia Society Texas will inaugurate a series of performances across the United States including additional performances in Texas, Michigan, Illinois and California. The performances will also include live oral presentations by ethnomusicologist, Ying-Fen Wang, who will introduce the rich history of Nanguan music to American audiences.Schedule6:00 - 7:00 pm | Workshop7:00 - 7:30 pm | Reception7:30 - 9:00 pm | Performance
About Lâm-hun-koh Nanguan Music and Theater Troupe
Gang-a-tsui Nanguan Music and Theater Troupe was originally founded by Chou Yih-chang. After his passing, Mei-Hui Wei, along with many of the original members of Gang-a-tsui, founded the group Lâm-hun-koh to carry his legacy forward into the next generation. Gang-a-tsui Nanguan Music and Theater Troupe was commissioned by the Taiwan National Center for Traditional Arts to be cultural ambassadors for the Nanguan Opera Transmission Project, a cultural preservation project. Lâm-hun-koh aims to preserve the essence and spirit of Nanguan music and opera, while at the same time experimenting with various practices to connect Nanguan with contemporary society.In 2002, Gang-a-tsui was featured at the Asian Traditional Arts Festival held in South Korea. That year, they also toured the U.S. for the first time, giving performances in New York, Washington, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Since then, they have performed in Japan, Poland, and Indonesia. Their presentations have been highly acclaimed and combine the traditional with the contemporary. Lâm-hun-koh represents the hope of carrying the tradition of Nanguan music into the future by many in Taiwan.