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Taipei Jazz Festival to flaunt local, foreign performers

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American composer Andy Jaffe (left) conducts the members of Taipei Jazz Collective at a press conference on October 23.

By Yali Chen
 
Now in its 13th year, Taipei Jazz Festival kicks off with local and foreign musicians this weekend at the Daan Forest Park Amphitheater in Taipei. Outstanding jazz musicians from Brazil, Austria, Norway, Japan, and Taiwan will bring three nights of wonderful music to jazz lovers.
 
On Friday night, Brazilian guitarist Mateus Asato took the stage first. The 26-year-old has been hailed as a guitar hero. He is rising to fame without releasing any music. How? On Instagram. His unique guitar playing has attracted nearly a million followers.
 
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Taiwanese drummer Rich Huang performs during the press conference on October 23.

The Austria-based Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet is set to appear on the stage tonight. Rabitsch is one of Austria’s most popular jazz trumpeters and vocalists. She was called a modern day female Chet Baker by the U.S. magazine Jazzscene. Her ingenious partner Pawlik is a composer and incredible fluid guitarist. They will also share their experiences and performing skills with local amateur musicians at jazz workshops between October 27 and 29.
 
Inger Marie Gundersen, a vocalist from Arendal in Norway, is slated to perform tomorrow night. Since the autumn of 2005, she has been performing concerts, playing festivals, and participated in TV shows in various locations.
 
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Japan-born jazz pianist Kaoru Uno shows off her keyboard skills.
 
The grand finale of this year’s jazz festival on Sunday night is the show given by Japanese jazz musicians “H ZETTRIO.” The piano jazz trio distinguish themselves in clown-type fashion by appearing on stage with blue, red and silver-painted noses. The festival will climax with their antics as the three jump around on stage and perform explosive, upbeat renditions and originals.
 
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Left to right: Taiwanese guitarist Geddy Lin, Japanese jazz pianist Kaoru Uno, Taiwanese drummer Rich Huang, and Taiwanese double bassist Vincent Hsu.
 
During the three-night event, Taiwan’s jazz bands will also perform with international jazz musicians, such as Japanese guitarist Eiji Kadota on Friday night and American pianist Andy Jaffe with his Jazz Big Band tonight.
 
Followed by the Austrian quartet tonight, Taiwanese drummer Rich Huang will appear on the stage with jazz musicians from Hong Kong and Japan to show their amazing skills.