Last night a Taiwanese friend of mine invited me to join her at the Ten Drum concert at the Luxembourg Gardens. It was a lovely night, temperate with a few shapely clouds in the sky. I wasn’t exactly sure what a Taiwanese drum concert would be like, but I thought, ‘why not?’ So we went. It was a rather short concert, maybe 30 minutes long, but with a great outpouring of passion from the performers. As with all music that I enjoy, I managed to almost completely tune out the performance and got lost in my own thoughts. But I think there’s a real value to that! So all in all, I very much enjoyed it.
And after the concert when I asked my friend if this was a typical Taiwanese form of music, she said, “no, I think of it as Japanese.” Hmmm…. Anyway, this group is good – they’re touring France before performing at the Avignon Festival, which runs from July 6-25.
Happy Friday + 4th of July weekend!