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Hope Talk: Forgotten Legend: Bunya Koh

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The heartbreaking tale of Bunya Koh is the story of a young musician and composer, a rising star in the midst of the Second Sino-Japanese War, forgotten in the annals of time and a testament to what might have been for an artist of that era. Born in 1910 to Chinese parents in a Japanese-colonized Taiwan, Bunya Koh represented Japan at the art competition of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Koh’s grand orchestration “Formosan Dance” was awarded second place, and received a hero’s welcome in Asia and appointed professor of musical arts at the Teacher’s College in Beijing. A victim of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, many of Koh’s compositions disappeared along with his status, and he passed away as a custodian of the very halls in which he once taught. Biographer and historian Mei Lian Liu has chronicled Koh’s life, and will present his story alongside voice recordings of the 1936 Olympic Award Ceremony and her efforts to restore Koh’s recognition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


是什麼樣的理解與熱情,驅動著致力於台灣音樂教育的劉美蓮老師,花費三十年的光陰,研究一位台灣主流文化圈鮮少提及的名字 - 江文也。隱藏在台北舊書店的二手樂譜,開啟了台灣與日本文化曾經錯過的樂章,牽起一條跨越時空惜才相知的緣份。 江文也,一位熱情、浪漫、執著、靈魂純粹的台灣音樂家,曾代表日本參加柏林奧運的藝術競賽,足跡遍及台灣、日本、廈門、北京,家人散居台、日、中三地。畢生致力採集地方民謠,把握每次閃現的作曲機會,紛亂的年代卻推著江文也與他的樂曲,航向難解的命運習題;不可遏止的創作之火,卻受到國際角力與政治鬥爭影響,讓江文也背上漢奸、右派的罪名,失去生命中最寶貴的鋼琴、大學音樂教授的教職。 聆聽劉美蓮老師述說江文也的音樂、人生與自我認同的掙扎,從過去的故事看見現在與未來。

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