Happy New Year

We played at a big Chinese New Year bash held by a number of local Taiwanese organizations last weekend. We did a couple of Taiwanese folk songs arranged for a string quintet (violin, viola, cello, bass, piano) and voices, and Yingwen had a couple more piano accompaniments for the choir. It all actually sounded really good, which was a nice surprise considering all our prior rehearsals were – “a bit off.” At the very end of the last choir piece, the string players went and held up these signs with various slogans generally in favor of Taiwanese sovereignty. (No R.O.C. red white and blue flags in that place – all green party here.) I was holding the sign that said “Gong Tou,” which refers to Taiwan’s referendum measure. Nope – no sublety here – this was a full blown political event. It was a lot of fun, and it felt great to show some support.