Erenlai - Daring to Take Risks 勇於冒險
Daring to Take Risks 勇於冒險

Daring to Take Risks 勇於冒險

True wisdom helps us to take risks… True wisdom weighs the risks and shows us how to face them.Here is advice and experiences that will help you to decide when to take risks and how to survive them. An alternative cookbook for success!

有趣的人生不是多少冒點險的呢?我們活在這世上的短短數十年裡,你是隨時迎向挑戰,還是躲在安全的框架中希望人生就此一帆風順呢?帶著冒險精神生活是需要智慧跟勇氣的!

 

 

 

週二, 17 一月 2012

Studying or working: a choice always to be renewed

Is it better to further one’s study or to immerse oneself in a job? This question often haunts the new graduate. On the one hand, they are thrilled by the opportunities that their freshly acquired diploma brings with it: entering adulthood, earning an income, testing their skills at something concrete, exercising responsibilities, even if such responsibilities are modest in scope… On the other hand, they realize that they do not know much yet, that they may earn a bigger salary within a few years if they master extra knowledge and become more competent, that holding a job might soon appear to her more boring or stressful than remaining a student…  Deciding between Present and Future, between different kinds of gains and losses, and between different lifestyles is never easy, and can generate a lot of anxiety.

The new graduate may be comforted by a few thoughts:

-  First, this choice is much less final and binding than was the case in the past. Today, there are a variety of bridges that allow one to go from study to work and from work to throughout one’s professional path. Therefore, it is practical and beneficial to keep one’s intellectual curiosity always intact, and to remain ready to sacrifice one’s immediate interest at some point in order to re-enter the path of study and research.

- Work can reactivate one’s thirst for knowledge and investigation. Often, students lose interest in knowledge and research because of the way they were taught in high school or in university. Their drive towards practical and intellectual knowledge is reactivated through the problems and challenges they meet in real life: the very fact of being surrounded by technical wonders, complex social mechanisms, injustices and moral dilemmas makes one formulate anew questions that have been agitating the human mind since it undertook to both understand and master the world (while doing so through very diverse knowledge systems…).

-  New graduates may also be somehow comforted by the fact of knowing that finding the balance between study and work is a problem that plagues everyone until very late in life – till the end maybe: “Is it better for me to invest my energies into doing what I know I can do, and thus to be of immediate help to the people I care for and my family – or should I challenge myself to once again embark on the road of professional and intellectual improvement? And should I not chose to study and research just out of gratuitousness, whatever the advantages that come out of it?” Fortunately, the choice is not always so drastic, and professional life may offer time and resources for learning the trade and embarking on a progressive program of study.

So, finally, how is one to decide when confronted with such a choice? Basically, ask yourself how you feel about it. Is there in your heart a strong longing to go ahead on the road towards knowledge and research? Or does the idea of becoming someone active in society and receiving recognition for what you do reveal itself to be the most appealing choice for you right now?  If you can answer this question peacefully and without too much hesitation, just follow the desire of your heart. If not… let the answer formulate itself within your inner self. It will do so naturally, if you can avoid to be too overtly anguished by it. But always remember: when working, protect and nurture the flame of intellectual curiosity. When studying, do not close yourself in an ivory tower, and remain burnt by the desire to share with others what you are researching. And do remain aware that life will often renew the challenge, and will ask you again and again to come up with your own answer…

Illustration by Bendu

週二, 18 十月 2011

Jam Apotheosis

After producing the CD of contemporary world music, eRenlai magazine facilitated three concerts with the participating artists in the compilation. A dozen or so different bands performed their music live to the joy of the audience. For this third and final performance, on September 16, the Tien Educational Center opened its doors to world music for the second time, and it was fitting surroundings, with sound system and lights ready to create an unforgettable night.

Viba and Claire Juan (Photo: C. Tuduri)

From the outset we were embraced by the presence of Viba, previously introduced to me as Paul, I didn’t recognize him and thought he was part of Orbit Folks since we were all on stage doing the sound setup before the concert. It was then I realized that the night was going to blend of different musical styles until the lights went out.

Viba presented his chillout-electronic-world beat on stage with singer Claire Juan. Doing this live requires a lot of talent and knowledge since Viba has a daunting setup of synthesizers, drum machines and one computer. A one-man band triggering crazy ambient samples and loops of smooth rhythms, more than appropriate to open the evening.

Orbit Folks were next on stage, with Martijn Vanbuel (double bass), Toshihiro Wakaike (Indian tabla) and Mike Zeng (piano) combining elements of jazz and tabla to bring us some outer space rhythms. There was an interesting contrast between the Folks and Viba, since their ensemble is completely acoustic whereas Viba is mostly electronic. The band's performance was impressive, all of their members have a strong musical background that was gently delivered to the audience. As in any other jazz concert they included a lot of improvisation showing their mastery of the instruments and preparing the ground for the next band. They played some of their songs like Anouar, Santur and Serenade composed by Martijn Vanbuel and Caravan (by Juan Tizol, arr. by Martijn Vanbuel) and Rahu (by Toshihiro Wakaike, arr. by Martijn).

Comprised of Louis Goldford (soprano sax) Lio Pinard (accordion), Martijn Vanbuel (piano), Kelvin Chuang (bass) and Weichung Lin (drums), Flâneur Daguerre were the next surprise, further raising the excitement in the same hall that once held Taiwan’s first absurdist theatre troupe. Their performance developed finely. I felt like there were fireworks shooting from the stage. The immersion of their music in complexity enabled the band to grab the attention of the audience at all moments. I would love to see this band again; in fact as I write this paragraph I am listening to the track Harvest Drums included in the CD.

The next performance was from Minkoku Hyakunen (Yingfan Huang and You-Sheng Zhang). These guys come from the school of noise and improvisation. They use sounds of all sorts as their source, in stark contrast to the previous bands' use of musical notes. Minkoku's highlight is their stage performance, full of gestures and symbols that are close to a theatrical set and bursting with interesting atmosphere. Their instruments come from temples, such as bells and cymbals in addition to other sound objects. The audience clearly expressed their gratitude at the end of their performance.

Up next was Fao, playing his "Mamba in Solitude" including sampled Chinese flutes, guqin (古琴), Indian tabla and electronic sounds permeating through the crowds. Fao is a Colombian composer searching for new sounds in Asia. We thoroughly enjoyed his piece since it is a mixture of Latin rhythms (such as cumbia) with Chinese instruments around an Amazonian ritual.

To close the night Fao, Louis Goldford and myself quickly schemed together a few guidelines to improvise on for the grand finale with the rest of the participating musicians. On stage we had tabla, two saxophones, guitar, electronics, piano, drums, double bass and more. This was the first time we had played together and it erupted into an explosion of excitement rippling through the whole theater, the perfect was to close this celebration of the meeting of cultures and music.

Overall the CD and the concerts were a success and this was an admirable gesture from Renlai to provide the infrastructure and vision to put this idea together and hopefully provide the building blocks for future world music development in Taiwan. I just hope this is not the last time it happens. Thanks to all the musicians who participated in the CD. And thanks too to the enthusiastic public who embraced this mixture of music.

Renlai Concert #3 - Part 1

Renlai Concert #3 - Part 2

Videos filmed and edited by Pinti Zheng


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Photos courtesy of Paul Moysan

 

 

週二, 02 八月 2011

Listen to The Moment: Minkoku Hyakunen

You-sheng Zhang and Da-wang Huang met each other in 2010. Both of them had their own noise sound works circulating among their friends and on the internet. They got tired of most political news, especially those about so-called “100-year-old ROC”, so they decided to organize a duo and to disband it after this year (2011 is the hundred year of ROC). 百年, pronounced in Japanese “Minkoku Hyakunen”, doesn’t talk about politics but performs with some ideas of politics. No stable tempo and pleasant melody, only fools playing fool noise.

週一, 01 八月 2011

Usi AJ: From the Ganges to the Pacific Coast of Taiwan

Usi AJ has apparently been called "The biggest protogenesis fusion artist" (We're not so sure what that means either). He says that he got familiar with traditional Indian sitar music and World Fusion Music when he accidentally bought the wrong CD, and so it was by this random chance that he immersed himself into the research and development of Asian music. He hopes to continue the legacy of Taiwan's Kebalan tribe's culture and music. In order that people can get in touch with his music, Usi AJ assembled many Taiwanese musicians to form "Siyu Sitar", and through continued creative projects and performances, he hopes that everyone can come to a deeper understanding of the charm of Asian culture.

 

週三, 22 六月 2011

At the Confluence of World Music

Meet Fao, one of the instigators of the Renlai World Music Compilation released in July 2011 with the issue #84 of the magazine.

I hail from Bogotá, Colombia and have been living in Taipei for two years now. I compose music in which I like to use contemporary elements, electronic generated sounds and traditional music from South America and Asia.

After teaching sound engineering in Colombia, I was able to save enough money to fulfill my goal to travel and learn traditional instruments from other parts of the world. I went first to Japan, where I did several collaborations with contemporary noise musicians and also got initiated to traditional Japanese music. Then I moved on to India to learn classical Indian tabla music, before finally arriving in Taiwan where I practice the guqin and Taichi.

週三, 22 六月 2011

A Journey in Music: Contemporary World Music in Taiwan

Dear friends,

We are very proud to finally present you with a CD that can be seen as a milestone in the production of world music in Taiwan. This collection of 12 songs is a wonderful, euphonic sample of the creativity and hard work of the bands and musicians who stepped forward to be a part of the project. We congratulate and give great thanks to all the gifted participating musicians.

週四, 28 四月 2011

留法專訪:以人類學經驗法國

文化人吳坤墉先生以自身社會系背景觀察自己留學法國的經驗。除了對有志留學法國的朋友提出實際建議外,吳坤傭先生對兩方教育觀念及做法上的不同,也提出相當深刻的見解,值得深入思考。
 

週三, 09 三月 2011

The National Palace goes digital!

This article has been adapted from S. Bozzato's research project on the National Palace Museum, "Like City Lights Receding: An assessment of the National Palace Museum Digitization Project."

 

週三, 19 一月 2011

談談e人籟:人生總有意外

人生最怕意外。措手不及的事件總讓人欲哭無淚。而網站最怕的是駭客,對身為e人籟管理者的我來說,駭客就是一個最令人害怕的意外。


週一, 03 一月 2011

社區小農綠夢成真

到底要吃什麼?人生離不開吃,不是吃飯就是吃藥,況且再傻的人也知道,吃昂貴的飯菜勝過吃便宜的藥囊。

台灣主婦的精明幹練可謂聞名遐邇,可是盤算著讓全家吃到健康的飯菜是一回事,在傳統市場、連鎖超市或網購宅配能否買到無毒的飯菜,則是另一回事。體貼、愛家、聰明又賢慧的主婦,妳真能確定買回家的是無毒的健康食材嗎?其實,妳能百分百確定的,只是包裝上的說明及標示!主婦聯盟日前抽驗疏菜的硝酸鹽含量,發現遠遠超過歐盟規範;農委會也表示我國完全沒有制定蔬菜中硝酸鹽含量的標準。

週五, 03 九月 2010

朝夢想蠕行前進的大蟲

有段時間,我曾經每週固定參加一個團體聚會。參與的人大概有廿個,多半是不到四十歲的夫妻檔,感情和睦,有份穩定收入。有一回聚會,我們玩了一個小遊戲,談論大家的夢想

週五, 30 四月 2010

带着琴声走向人籁——专访《人籁》新总编江汉声

假日时分,如果打从辅仁大学後门走过,或许会看到医学院综合大楼前,人群三三两两结伴往大楼的方向走去。他们或许是附近社区的民众,或许是学生,也可能是从他处来访的音乐爱好者,为了一场在大楼国际会议厅举办的慈善音乐演奏会,正慢慢踱步,准备在繁忙的生活中,抽出一小段时间,沉淀心情欣赏一段精采的表演。

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