New York-based Taiwanese percussionist Sayun Chang will be on campus on Wednesday, February 17th to perform a duo percussion recital with Dr. Joseph Van Hassel, Director of Percussion Studies at UNCP. The performance is in Moore Hall Auditorium at 7:30 PM, and admission is free!
Sayun Chang’s musical interests range from traditional and contemporary classical to many diverse disciplines of world music.
As an active musician, she has performed in festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Mise-En Music Festival, Hartford New Music Festival, and has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and Roulette. She was also a visiting artist at many schools including Brown University, University of Connecticut, Ohio University, University of Richmond, Stony Brook University, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Her collaborations with Taiwanese Indigenous dance groups has brought her to countries such as Canada, Turkey, Greece, Hungary, and Spain.
Formerly a member of Ju percussion group 2 (Taiwan) and Kaleidos, she is now a member of NE-O ensemble, a Brooklyn-based ensemble inspired by Japanese music.
As a teacher, she has served as an assistant director of the Hartt Percussion Ensemble, the Hartt Steel Band, a music director at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in partnership with Make Music New York, and a teaching artist for Midori & Friends in New York City.
She holds degrees from The Hartt School and Taipei National University of the Arts. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at The Hartt School. Her previous instructors include Joe Galeota, John Amira, Rogerio Baccato, Ted Piltzecker, Shane Shanahan, Benjamin Toth, Pei-Ching Wu, and Tzong-Ching Ju. Additionally, in 2008 she studied West African Xylophone with Bernard Woma and Ewe drumming in Ghana. Currently she studies Japanese Taiko drumming with Kaoru Watanabe.