From Hungary to Taiwan

We invite you to hear our new album celebrating the folk traditions of Hungary & Taiwan in commissions by Dana Wilson, Lei Liang, and Wei-Chieh Lin plus Bartók's Fourth Quartet!


From Hungary to Taiwan was released worldwide on January 4, 2019. Order your copy today!




Album title: "From Hungary to Taiwan"
Date of sessions: Oct 16-20, 2017
Venue: Nichols Hall, MIC, Evanston, Chicago
Engineer: Christopher Willis
Producer: Clancy Newman

Our new album contains the following music:

Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs
Lei Liang: Song Recollections*
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4
Wei-Chieh Lin: Five Taiwanese Folk Songs


*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund


Why "From Hungary to Taiwan"? 

In this recording we bring you music born of Hungarian and Taiwanese soil — much in the spirit of Béla Bartók, the ethnomusicological father of us all. We present the music in two parallels:

1) Taiwanese folk music in both a more raw "folk" form (Wei-Chieh Lin's Five Taiwanese Folk Songs) and a more stylized treatment (Lei Liang's Song Recollections


2) Hungarian folk music in both a more raw "folk" form (Dana Wilson's Hungarian Folk Songs) and a more stylized treatment (Béla Bartók's Fourth String Quartet).



Our sincere gratitude to the following sponsors whose support made this project possible:


Art of Élan
Agnes & Ben Castillo
Amy & Steve Sun Kuang Lin
Angie Douglas
Ariana Kim
Barnabas Helmajer
Benjamin Xu
Beth Wenstrom
Bo Lee
Ginny & Bob Black
Catherine Dinnean
Che-Hung Chen
Chichi & John Guy
Cynthia Wang
Dana Wilson
Daniel Anastasio
David Griffin
Dawn Gingrich
Dory & Larry Machtinger
Eric Boyajian
Eric W. Lin
Gail & Jim Addiss
Gary Casper
Hannah Collins
Jennifer Cho
Jeremy Crosmer
Jill & Richard Watson
Jo Wang
Joanna O'Leary
John Chalik & Susan Chamberlain
John Kirk
Joseph Curtin
Juliana Han
Kevin Hsu
Lei Liang
Louise Smith

Lu Rehling
Marcia Baylin
Maria de Diego
Marilyn Haring & Kathy Chambery
Marilyn Huang
Mary Ann Benson
Mary Woolever
Matthew Nix
Maura May
Mia Pak
Michael & Grace Chen
Mike Cho
Milana Strezeva
Miles Cohen
Mort Castle
Nami & Si Pae
Nicholas Yasillo
Nina Chen
Patsy & Bill Chen
Patricia Chang
Phyllis Davidson
Rachel Odo
Robert Cinnante
Saundra Saperstein
Shu Cheng
Meng-Chun Tu
Sophia Knight
Steve Li
Sue Nowak
Tore Brede
Cynthia & Walter Flor
Harriett & Wendell Harris
Wyatt Dowling


Did you know…?

The FROM HUNGARY TO TAIWAN letters we’re holding on the album cover were made by collage artist Yinling Lin. The letters were cut out of cardboard for a rough-hewn, rustic look. They were then wrapped with various shades of green tissue paper and pasted on background pieces small enough to fit into our suitcases, which were in turn pasted onto larger pieces once we arrived in NYC for the photo shoot.

Here we are, rehearsing our positioning: