Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group / Drum Music Land





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Published on Dec 21, 2009

Grammy nominations for the Best Traditional World Music Album and the Best Recording Package.

This is indeed a glorious year for Wind Music, with two Grammy nominations for the Best Traditional World Music Album for Ten-Drum Art Percussion Groups Drum Music Land and the Best Recording Package for Tathāgata.

Wind Musics General Manager, Ken Yang, expresses that since the establishment of a branch office in the United States in 1995, for many years, Wind Music has been devoted in promoting Taiwanese music to the international market. Finally, for the first time, Winds works are nominated for this prestigious international music award; this is certainly a tremendous honor for the Mandarin music industry!

A Splendid First-Ever International Award Recognition for Taiwan,

As the Beats of the Ten-Drum Resonate Around the World

In 2008, Wind Musics producer, Judy Chin-tai Wu, invited internationally renowned recording master, Kavichandran Alexander, to record Ten-Drum Art Percussion Groups Drum Music Land. The recording took place inside the historical Rende Sugar Refinery Plant located at the Ten-Drum Culture Village in the city of Tainan, Taiwan, where the resonating drum beats echoed inside the elevated building. The unique sounds created for the record has allowed the Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group to be nominated for Taiwans 2007 Golden Melody Award, and now it has also gained internationally recognition.

The core structure of Drum Music Land is based on Taiwans historical Legend of Lu Er Men - Door of Taiwan, with the accompaniments of music based on the country-side life in Bragging Cock; spiritual composition in Rebirth of Four Seasons; and the nature inspired Riding Winds and Breaking Waves and As Fast As Wind and Lightning. Each piece illustrates the historical significances and life in Taiwan.

The group leader of the Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group, Hsieh Ten, hopes that Ten-Drum could use its percussion music to continue to compose for the stories of Taiwan, and to keep putting forth efforts in promoting Taiwan as a Drum Music Land.

Following the three-time Grammy Nominee Qing-Yang Xiao, this year, Taiwanese Designers, Szu-wei Cheng and Hui-chen Huang, are too nominated for a Grammy Award

The album cover of Tathāgata is adorned with an eye-catching bodhi leaf, which is a hand illustration by the husband-and-wife-design-duo, Szu-wei Cheng and Hui-chen Huang. The process took an entire week of drawing out each intricate detail on the pattern of the leaf. Hui-chen Huang smilingly said, The process of the illustration was like a meditative training, where I gradually recognized a more profound sense of meaning throughout the entire process!

Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group

The Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group was established in the spring of 2000. The groups motto is to preserve local Taiwanese culture, and to promote and pass-down the art of drum music. The character Ten in Chinese 十 symbolizes the crossing of the drum sticks, and where energy is garnered from all around to form a sense of unity. Additionally, the Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group stands firm in its goal of preserving local drum music; making the art of drum prevalently available to all; solidifying the education of humanity; opening up a more diverse wisdom; promoting the foundation of unique education and to appreciate and understand global cultures. The groups main goal, in other words, is to work towards the promotion of the art of drum music. The hope is to awaken peoples awareness for traditional drum music, and also to bring together drum enthusiasts to join together in creating a distinct style of drum for this land. The groups ultimate goal is to turn Taiwan into a celebrated Drum Music Land of the world.



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