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Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe

Introduction

Valjungkis refers to the smallest particulate element of water in the language of Paiwan, an indigenous tribe in Taiwan. When you stand still in front of the waterfall, Valjungkis will slowly moisturize your hair and skin and give you inner happiness. What you feel is different from being soaking wet; instead, it is a pervasive sensation of happiness enveloping you. When you stand in front of a singing waterfall, you can still hear the beautiful sound of water along the creek as you gaze from afar.

All the members of Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe come from the Paiwan tribe located in Taiwu Township, Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. The Paiwan people often express their rich emotions and tell stories through singing. With the joint efforts and guidance of its music director Camake Valaule and other tribal seniors, the troupe can now sing up to 100 Paiwan ancient chants. The choir’s singing offers listeners a glimpse into the beauty of traditional Paiwan tunes and has become a symbol of the inheritance of Paiwan songs.

As a world-renowned choir of Paiwan ancient chants, the group has already accumulated rich experience in cross-over productions. It has traveled to Austria under the invitation of the Vienna Boys' Choir. It also left its footprint in the US, Germany, France, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Switzerland to present their ancestral songs. The group has worked with pipa master Wu Man and world-known ukulele player Daniel Ho on various occasions. It has also appeared with Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO), as well as other musicians and groups. The albums published by the choir have received both critical and public acclaim. Where the Songs Begin (2011) was nominated for five awards of the 23rd Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music and received the Best Interpretation Award for Traditional Music. To and from the Heart (2013) was nominated for two awards of the 25th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music and was awarded the Best Indigenous Album Award. 

 

Music director: Camake Valaule

Camake Valaule comes from the Danlin Tribe of Laiyi Township in Pingtung County. He was dispatched to Taiwu Elementary School, also in Pingtung County, in 2003 to be a teacher. Since then, Camake Valaule started to collect ancient chants that only the Vuvus, the grandparents, knew how to sing, in order to teach his students. This was how the troupe began to shape itself, and started to be invited for various performances.

Camake Valaule said, “Each ballad is tightly related with the tribe and each family’s history. Even love songs and chants used during ceremonies follow strict rules. Singing ballads is a way to let children learn about themselves.”

During years of practice, the choir improved itself through the efforts of the conductor, and of endless rehearsals to give their music even more gradation. Members of the troupe also integrated personal style and adopted more color to their technique. This made traditional Paiwan ballads stand out from the common.

2010 Invited to Japan to take part in the NHK program “Amazing Voice”.
2011 Performed in a concert at the Main Plaza of the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei.
2011 Recorded the album “Where The Songs Begin”.
2012 Cooperated with pipa master Wu Man at the National Concert Hall.
2012 Invited to perform at Taiwan’s National Day banquet.
2012 Obtained the prize of “The Award for the Best Interpretation for Traditional Music” at the 23th Golden Melody Award.
2013 Performed at the Oriental Music Festival in Estonia.
2013 Recorded the album “To and From the Heart” with well-known producer Daniel Ho.
2014 Nominated for two awards at the 25th Golden Melody Award, and obtained “The Award for the Best Indigenous Album”.
2013 Performed “To and From the Heart” in Los Angeles with Daniel Ho.
2014 Performed “To and From the Heart” in Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei with Daniel Ho.
2014 Performed of “Muliyav! Where are you?” at the National Concert Hall.
2015 Performed in Fukuoka, Japan.
2015 Performed of “To and From the Heart” in Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, with Daniel Ho.
2015 Performed of “To and From the Heart” in Dalian, China, with Ara Kimbo and the Tamaluan Cultural Arts Group.

Contact

Telephone: Camake Valaule 0910-829-763
                   Administration Chang Li-hsuan 0963-200-438
E-mail: ljavuras@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaiwuAncientBalladsTroupe/
Address: No.7, Ln. 37, Sec. 2, Zhongzheng Rd., Sandimen Township, Pingtung County 901, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

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