Our second session for the Santa Jia-Xin Music Jam took place at our familiar haunt in Taoyuan with the kids at MuHsiang! I was absolutely blown away by the four musicians in our lineup – from Brian Lin with the didgeridoo, Angus and the handpan, Papi Bucket with his slew of percussions, and street fiddle performer Ah-Tay (Tiger). ENGLISH BELOW
林慶洲 Brian Lin : https://brightside.tw/helping-hands-brian-lin/
黃泰元 Tiger Huang: https://brightside.tw/helping-hands-tiger-jango/
李承宇 Angus Li : https://brightside.tw/helping-hands-angus/
巴奇先生 Papi Bucket : https://brightside.tw/helping-hands-papi-bucket/
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Our second session for the Santa Jia-Xin Music Jam took place at our familiar haunt in Taoyuan with the kids at MuHsiang! I was absolutely blown away by the four musicians in our lineup – from Brian Lin with the didgeridoo, Angus and the handpan, Papi Bucket with his slew of percussions, and street fiddle performer Ah-Tay (Tiger).
Using the five senses, we first had kids guess the music instrument that musicians had lined up – trying to determine the material, the size, and if they had ever seen it before. The individuals were unveiled, introducing the background and culture of their peculiar items.
Kids were enthusiastic, asking questions and wanting to give a go at tackling some of the instruments they had never seen before! We had a bigger purpose for the kids and session today – everyone would form a band and perform a jam from everyday objects. Musicians each headed a group of kids paired with Big Friends, walking around MuHsiang Children’s Home, picking up and selecting knick knacks, pans, brooms, desks, and everything imaginable!
There was more after the first performance – they were to prep to get dance moves ready with the second music and dance session. However, we first moved onto another important part of the day with our plant-based lunch. Tying music and culture together, we also wanted to give the kids (and ourselves) a chance to eat some of the cuisine where the instruments originated. One of our volunteers spent the entire night before making damper bread, a traditional Australian soda bread, historically prepared by swagmen, drovers, stockmen and other travellers.
After lunch we went back to the music and the dancing – absolute joy! We even had the groups shoot potential “cover albums” with their band members. After the jam and even break dancing, the four musicians began their jam and silenced the entire children’s home with the amazing melodies. Kids were in rapture and disbelief that their teachers for the day were so amazing but we were also in awe of the them!
Kids creating music and seeing their joy was the biggest gift to us this holiday season. We are so excited for you to hear the impromptu jam of kids, big friends, and our musician teachers. Look back to our space for the video we are editing and please support us and the children for more amazing days like this day!