As an internationally known musician and violin maker who has attracted the interest of musical instrument collectors and the Japanese Imperial Family, Tsai Ming-chu attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts show in Tainan City in southern Taiwan on March 12.
After seeing the performance, whose purpose is to revive 5,000 years of the traditional Chinese culture, Tsai said:
“Shen Yun’s program has in-depth contents with meaningful social significance. It conveys the traditional Chinese culture, virtue, and literature, so it can resonate with its audiences. Being a musician, I truly admire Shen Yun’s music. From the conductor to those who play different instruments, all of them are top-notch musicians.”
“In fact, music is beyond borders. Shen Yun music is a blend of traditional Chinese and Western music. It has profound and interesting significance. The music itself conveys the aesthetics of sound. Shen Yun touches human’s soul through the aesthetics of sound.
“The most precious part of Shen Yun is that it successfully synchronizes various fields of arts. As Shen Yun presents an all-new program and provides the audiences with a refreshing experience every year, we can see the Shen Yun production team’s great devotion and hard work.”
Fascinated by the magnificent performance with 3-dimensional animated backdrops that can make the audiences have the miraculous feeling of transcending time and space, Tsai acclaimed the devotion of the artistic director to the performance. He noted that it was very creative to adopt the animated digital backdrops, which makes the performance more comprehensive, meaningful, and interesting.
The musician and instrument maker, with production studios in Vietnam and Italy, was moved by the performance depicting famous legendary and contemporary stories of loyalty, filial piety, compassion, and justice:
“Shen Yun’s performance is perfect from the very beginning to the end. It proves the old saying that one minute on stage takes ten years of practice. Shen Yun always makes its global audiences look forward to its next performance [in the following year]. I’m grateful to the Shen Yun’s production team for bringing happiness to its global audiences and enriching their souls.”
Talking about the dancing piece “Tibetan Drum,” he felt that it was precious to see the fast-paced dance with various delicate movements performed flawlessly by so many dancers with a bowl on the top of their heads. He thought that their coordination is amazingly good.
Deeply touched by the overall performance, Tsai emphasized:
“I hope that Shen Yun can carry forward its artistic spirit continually. I am really proud of it.”
Tsai is breaking convention by painting his stringed instruments, which has attracted the interest of famous collectors. Tsai is world famous for his production of violins and traveled to Italy to learn the craft.
With a crisp sound like a silver bell, Tsai Ming-chu performs on one of his a mandolins. However, this is no ordinary mandolin, as a girl’s face is painted on the backside.
The girl’s image was specially selected by the founder of violin maker Chi Mei. It’s chairman, Hsu Wen-lung, has a collection of paintings and was so passionate about one in particular that he asked Tsai to reproduce it on one of his mandolins.
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