Where Is the Path? I Am Listening…
“Ayi-yanga,” in Paiwan language, means “missing very much” with a connotation of greeting, yearning and a sorrow sentiment. This work is a trial to find the path for traditional folk songs as well as a pilgrimage of searching for both the past and the future.
The program is performed by Djanav Zengror of the Paiwan tribe and Umav Balalavi of the Bunun tribe. Surrounding the traditional vocal performance are Paiwan traditional music instruments, such as nose flute and bamboo xylophone, Taiwan Holo and Hakka’s suona horn, Mongolian Morin khuur (aka. horsehead fiddle) as well as western bassoon and cello in combination with natural sounds from water, wind and percussion of stones and wood. With the collection of essences from traditional culture, it re-interprets traditional folk songs from both Paiwan and Bunun Tribes, rearranged ancient songs, and brand-new compositions.
Beginning from the past, Ayi-yanga also looks ahead for the future and leads us to find the path for Taiwan’s indigenous music.
Djanav Zengror of Paiwan Tribe is now the producer of PTS program Walking TIT, director of Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography, and deputy chairman of board of directors of Taiwan Indigenous Cultural Industry Development Association. He has great creative energy, and his works strictly follows Paiwan onomatopoeia and lyrics. He won the first prize of the First Indigenous Popular Music Award and his 2012 album Rhythm of Path was nominated for the 24th Golden Melody Awards.