Sharing Perspectives on Work and Life to Stay Connected: Belle Chen & Stephen Ying

23rd March 2021

Half a world apart, two musician friends and collaborators share their experience of living and working through the vastly different realities currently facing two cities - Taipei and London.

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Half a world apart, two musician friends and collaborators share their experience of living and working through the vastly different realities currently facing two cities – Taipei and London.

Presented in conversation, Stephen Ying and Belle Chen will discuss the realities of being a creative in today’s landscape. They will reflect on lessons learned from creating ‘post-covid’ interactive live shows, creating projects featured by BBC, how they are modifying the standard music ‘release cycle’ and engaging the audience in the writing process and the ways in which they are keeping inspired during this time. They will also share a sneak peek on their exciting upcoming projects, welcome audience questions, and why when performing a concerto for turntable it’s best to have a trapeze artist nearby.

Currently in Taiwan, where the pandemic is under control and there are no lockdown measures, Stephen has performed and presented ground-breaking live audiovisual shows, parties, a first-person game cyber-immersive theatre experience, and online shows on Twitch (including performing Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables) since the Covid-19 outbreak.

On the other side of the world, located in London and currently in their third national lockdown, Belle has caught worldwide media attention with her innovative #SoundsFromHome project, taking to YouTube to share her writing process and releasing EPs, and adapting her multi-sensory solo show to online livestream experience at home.

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Belle Chen

Belle Chen Es Lilin (Official Music Video)

Belle Chen's music often brings an element of surprise. While retaining the tonal aesthetic of classical and neo-classical piano, she draws upon textures from experimental, avant-garde, and world genres. "A revelation" - Max Reinhardt of BBC 3 Late Junction "Hugely impressive - have a listen, she's terrific" - James Rhodes

DJ QuestionMark

DJ QuestionMark

DJ QuestionMark is a London-based musician, producer, entrepreneur and esteemed flutist whose energetic, top notch productions mix scratch DJing with live flute and beat-boxing solos. He has been named DMC Taiwan Champion, 3x Red Bull Music 3Style National Finalist and received a Golden Melody Award for Best Producer Nominee, to name a few. His success has taken him to perform at festivals and venues around the world including Glastonbury, Boomtown and Taipei Arena. Apart from music, in 2015 he founded Spinbox, a DIY turntable in order to promote vinyl culture. The innovation of Spinbox has been supported by many world-renowned artists such as Beat Junkies, Skratch Bastid and DJ Mr. Switch. DJ QuestionMark’s journey with Spinbox has been featured by press like The Guardian, NME, GQ, VOGUE, Discogs, Fact Mag

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