Sounds of Taiwan
by Wooonta Trio
Venue 82: Zoo Southside (Studio) / Time: 20：45 (40 mins)
Dates: Aug 7-27 (excluding Aug 10)
Aug 7 preview: £6. All other shows: £10.
★★★★SCOTSMAN 4 STARS REVIEW
Musicians Hugues Vincent, Ryohei Kanemitsu and Chang Chin Lo – known collectively as the Wooonta Trio – are a real find. The show’s title, Sounds Of Taiwan, is based more on the fact that’s where the three men met, rather than the work they play. Vincent hails from France, Kanemitsu from Japan and Chin Lo from Taiwan, each bringing a flavour of their homeland to the table. That said, their repertoire extends even further, with flavours of Eastern Europe also in the mix. Personable and friendly, the three men introduce each work before proving themselves true masters of their chosen instruments of sitar (Kanemitsu, who trained in India), cello (Vincent, a real driving force) and the Chinese erhu (Chin Lo, who produces more depth of emotion than seems possible from a two-stringed fiddle). A truly sumptuous hour of sound.
Wooonta Trio’s innovative combination of Eastern and Western instruments – cello,erhu and sitar – distinguishes this small but choice international ensemble. In Sounds of Taiwan three expert musicians (Hugues Vincent from France, T.S. Lo from Taiwan and Ryohei Kanemitsu ‘YO’ from Japan) blend the sounds of three of the world’s most distinctive string instruments. Those who embark upon this unique musical journey will sample the enticing aural flavours of several cultures. Wooonta Trio is a band your ears cannot afford to miss.