In 1994, the famed music composer Bao Yuankai, who was based in Beijing, was invited to a music conference in Taiwan. This would be the start of a decades long journey, as he became immediately enamored with the sights, sounds, and unique culture of the island nation. Bao would spend years on various compositions including “Sketches of Taiwan,” which is considered his magnum opus and love letter to Taiwan.
Director Heather Tsui (LONG TIME NO SEA, HIFF38) follows Bao over the past decade, tracing Bao’s creative journey on this symphonic piece that is very much a musical sketch of what makes Taiwan unique. Built on a collection of local sounds, the all inclusive nature of Bao’s composition is inspired by his many travels to destinations around the island, including Lukang in the central county of Changhua and eastern Taiwan, where the composer is introduced to indigenous music. SOUNDS OF TAIWAN chronicles a composer’s masterful work, inspired by the wonders and beauty of Taiwan.