Sunday, January 2, 2011
Recommendation: Cicada (Taiwan, chamber music)
I honestly don't remember I found out about this neo-classical/chamber outfit, but I'm glad I did.
If you like subtle chamber music and Yann Tiersen-like melodies, you may very well enjoy the EP offering by this group.
All info I've come across is in, surprise, Chinese, so I can't be of much help except provide links and a video and their English bio form their Facebook:
"Formed by cello, violin, acoustic guitar and piano at the end of 2009, Cicada is a chamber music band from Taiwan. The band was named after Cicada because people are aware of cicada's existence by their sound
but not their forms.
Over the Sea / Under the Water is the debut EP of Cicada. Recorded live in the living room, the EP was hand crafted by Jesy Chiang. Narrative is one of the subjects in Cicada's music and inspiration normally came from daily life. The opening is a tribute to the Morakot typhoon victims as well as an expression toward Taiwanese political standing. The last three songs tell a story from a couple's separation to reunion. Throughout the naming, orchestration, and the composition, Cicada's music creates delicate images for audiences."