朱宗慶打擊樂團

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大事記

In 1986, the Ju Percussion Group met at a hot pot restaurant in Taipei and announced to the world that Taiwan’s very first professional percussion band had been born. When the Ju Percussion Group was first established, most people in Taiwan were unfamiliar with its percussion music genre. Thanks to the group’s activities, however, the Ju Percussion Group soon became a household name throughout the island.

1982
Ju Tzong-ching returned to Taiwan from Vienna, and combined performance, teaching, research, and promotion, and embarked on the promotion of percussion music in Taiwan.

1986
Established at United Hotel on January 2 as the first professional percussion ensemble in Taiwan, the Ju Percussion Group (JPG) gave a debut performance “Connection” at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Chung Hsin Hall in Taichung, and Jhide Hall in Kaohsiung.

1987
Performed in the National Concert Hall for the first time during the grand opening of the National Theater & Concert Hall.

1988
Created the Concert for Kids and started the annual tour around Taiwan which continues to the present.

1989
Founded the Ju Percussion Group Foundation and was one of the first pioneers in Taiwan to introduce professional arts administration management.

1990
Went on the first overseas tour at the invitation of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Attended the PAS Convention in the US and performed at 5 renowned universities.

1991
Established the Ju Percussion Music School. By using percussion music as the medium, and through the human instincts of beating and striking, the students were instructed to go through the five stages of touching, feeling, liking, learning and training. Thus, an off-campus music education system was established.

1992
Performed its first musical theater, “Four Seasons of Taiwan,” at the National Theater Hall.

1993
Hosted the first “Taipei International Percussion Convention (TIPC, originally titled Taipei International Percussion Convention)”. Based on the spirit of bringing the world to Taiwan and taking Taiwan to the world, the JPG invited world-class percussion ensembles and performers to Taiwan.

1994
Invited the top 3 drummers from mainland China: An Zhishun, Lee Zhengui, and Lee Minxiong to establish the first professional “traditional percussion center” across the Taiwan Strait.

1995
Organized the first mainland China tour. Performed in Xi’an, Beijing and Shenzhen. Performed at the Japan Percussion Festival in Tokyo.

1996
Celebrated the JPG’s 10th anniversary and hosted the second Taiwan International Percussion Convention (TIPC). Performed at the Valencia Percussion Festival in Valencia, Spain.

1997
Performed at the Lincoln Center Out-Of-Door festival in New York, Inroads/Asia at UCLA in Los Angeles, and Twin Oaks in Washington D.C. in the US.

1998
Launched the “Arts Circle” magazine. Performed at the Paris Quartier D’ete in France.

1999
Founded Ju Percussion Group 2, the Jumping Percussion Group. Hosted the 3rd TIPC. Held the first Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp (TIPSC) and invited world-class performers to give lectures to the students interested in learning percussion music in Taiwan.

2000
Founded the amateur Juvenile Percussion Ensemble, composed of students aged 10 to 18. Concerts were held every year regularly, and it has become the largest musical club in Taiwan. Attended the PAS Convention in the US again. JPG’s Founder and Artistic Director Ju Tzong-ching was presented the National Award for Arts.

2001
Celebrated the JPG’s 15th anniversary. Performed at the Printemps Des Arts De Monte-Carlo in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Performed at the Asia Music Festival in Seoul, Korea. Performed at the 40th anniversary of the Les Percussions de Strasbourg from France, and worked with the ensemble at the Le Festival 38e Ruagissants in Grenoble, France.

2002
Attended the Budapest Spring Festival in Budapest, Hungary and performed with the Amadinda Percussion Group. Hosted the 4th TIPC. Performed at the Beijing Music Festival in Beijing, China.

2003
Performed at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russia. Performed at the Journees de la Percussion in Paris, France.

2004
Performed at the Lincoln Center Out-Of-Door festival in New York, and the 39th Huntington Summer Festival in Long Island, New York in the US. Performed at the China Arts Festival in Hangzhou, China.

2005
Performed at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. “Jumping Percussion Group” was rechristened “Ju Percussion Group 2”, and “Jumping Percussion Group” was repositioned as the JPG’s third branch. Performed at the Seoul Drum Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Hosted the 5th TIPC, and the event marked the first time 100 people had played marimbas together in Asia.

2006
Celebrated the JPG’s 20th anniversary. Launched the “Listening, Smiling” performance to show concern for recent immigrants from the Southeast Asia.

2007
Performed in Russia for the third time at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow. Established the Ju Percussion Music School with the headquarters and teaching center in Shanghai, China.

2008
Performed at the opening of the National Theater for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Hosted the 6th TIPC. Performed at the Festival Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada.

2009
Visited Central American twice with Taiwan’s President. The performances combined traditional and modern elements and were well-received by audiences.

2010
Worked with GuoGuang Opera Company on “MuLan,” the first instance of percussion theater. The JPG combined percussion and Peking Opera in a creative and sophisticated crossover performance. Performed at the International Percussion Festival in Seoul, Korea.

2011
Celebrated the JPG’s 25th anniversary. Toured New Delhi and Mumbai in India at the invitation of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hosted the 7th TIPC.

2012
Organized the “Ju Percussion Group Super Concert” and performed at Taipei Arena for the first time, setting a record of over 10,000 audience members.

2013
Launched the new version of “MuLan.” The performance was brought up to international-tour standards and created a brand-new form of performance by merging percussion and Peking Opera. Has been selected in the Taiwan Brand Project by the Ministry of Culture since 2013. The First Lady of the Dominican Republic invited the JPG to perform in the Dominican Republic through its embassy in Taiwan. Established mainland China headquarters in Shanghai to serve both the ensemble and the Ju Percussion Music School.

2014
Performed “BoUnCe, Taiwan” with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO) as one of the few examples of percussion music plus symphony. Hosted the 8th TIPC with the largest number of performances ever. Toured Europe. In addition to performing at the Bruckner Festival in Linz, Austria and the Budapest Spring Festival in Budapest, Hungary, the JPG also performed at the Vienna Concert Hall in the music capital of the world. Established the JUT Percussion Group, composed of teachers of the Juvenile Percussion Ensemble, so that the students and teachers could grow together and learn from one another.

2015
Hosted the concert “The Joy of Music Making” to show Taiwan’s profound craftsmanship in making musical instruments. Performed with mainland China’s two major symphony orchestras—the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra the two ensembles’ host cities with percussion concertos.

2016
Celebrated the JPG’s 30th anniversary and the Ju Percussion Music School’s 25th anniversary. Participated in the Taiwan International Festival of Art (TIFA) hosted by the National Theater & Concert Hall (NTCH) and performed “The Fifth Sound of Beats”. Toured Southern California, US. Toured Europe and performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK for its 30th anniversary. JPG’s Founder and Artistic Director Ju Tzong-ching was the first ethnic Chinese to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

2017
Participated in the TIFA hosted by the NTCH again and performed “Our Percussion Music”, marking the first chapter of the trilogy for commissioned works. Hosted the 9th TIPC and the first Taiwan International Percussion Convention Competition (TIPC Competition). Invited to the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russia and performed the percussion theater “MuLan”.

2018
Participated in the Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts in Singapore and performed at the Esplanade. Participated in the International Dance Festival Bangkok and Salihara International Performing Arts Festival and performed in Thailand and Indonesia for the first time.

2019
Hosted the 10th TIPC, which evolved from a triennial event to a biannual one. Toured Canada for the first time and performed in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and participated in the TAIWANfest in Canada. Worked with director Lee Hsiao-ping and composer Hung Chien-hui to launch the brand-new percussion theater “A Tale of Clay”. The crossover of percussion music, clay arts and the family story of Luzhunan in Miaoli received critical acclaim.

2020
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the JPG canceled the performance in the first and second quarter and other important activities, including the Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp (TIPSC), which was unprecedented over the past 3 decades. JPG’s Founder and Artistic Director Ju Tzong-ching was presented the National Culture Award of the ROC (Taiwan).

2021
Celebrate the JPG’s 35th anniversary and perform the percussion theater “A Tale of Clay” at the National Concert Hall. Celebrated the Ju Percussion Music School’s 30th anniversary.