As part of a special Taipei-Cape Collaboration, made possible by the Spotlight Taiwan Project, visiting Taiwanese jazz musicians Chi-pin Hsieh (jazz violin) and Kai-ya Chang (piano) join forces with Cape Town jazz musicians Amanda Tiffin, Shaun Johannes and Kevin Gibson to present a series of gigs in Cape Town from 15 to 22 October 2017.

Taipei-Cape Collaboration
Kai-ya Chang and Chi-pin Hsieh

The music of Chi-pin Hsieh and Kai-ya Chang is a blend of jazz, classical and traditional Taiwanese elements. They have created their own distinctive sound which traverses a wide selection of musical styles: swing, bop, fusion, funk to which they love to add “Taiwanese flavour” into their original music – childhood memories, life scenes, local landscapes and customs, even tasty snacks are all integrated into their compositions and improvisations, resulting in a kind of oriental jazz style.

Audiences can also expect to hear the velvet voice of Cape Town jazz vocalist Amanda Tiffin, blended with the soulful violin of Chi-pin Hsieh, backed by the dynamic rhythms of Gibson, Johannes, and Chang, woven together with the very special sounds of Africa from award winning maestro, Dizu Plaatjies.

The Spotlight Taiwan initiative is facilitated by the Taipei Liaison Office, Cape Town, through the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.

Taipei-Cape Collaboration
Amanda Tiffin

Concerts and booking

Sunday 15 October, 12pm – 2pm

Open Rehearsal with Chi-pin Hsieh (jazz violin), Kai-ya Chang (piano) and Cape Town Jazz musicians Amanda Tiffin, Shaun Johannes and Kevin Gibson

Venue : SA College of Music at UCT

Free admission.  As seating is limited please make a reservation via Quicket

Sunday 15 October, 6.30pm – 8pm

Concert : Special Performance with Dizu Plaatjies

Venue : Chisholm Recital Room, SA College of Music at UCT

Tickets: R120


Wednesday 18 October, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Free public lecture with Chi-pin Hsieh & Kai-ya Chang –Creating new with old: Incorporating Taiwanese traditional music influences in the Contemporary Jazz Compositions of Hsieh and Chang

Venue: Room S4, South African College of Music at UCT

Free admission, but limited seating: first come, first served.

Saturday 21 October, 7pm – 9pm

Concert: Taipei-Cape Jazz Connection

Venue : Kronendal Music Academy

153 Empire Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Tickets: R130, limited seating



Call: 021 790 4457

Sunday 22 October 6pm – 8pm 

Concert: Taipei-Cape Jazz Connection

Venue : Olympia Bakery, cnr Clairveaux & Main Rds, Kalk Bay

Tickets: R150