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American musical journey

The sound of bluegrass music will fill the rolling hills of Daan Forest Park (大安森林公園) this weekend, as trio Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road appear thanks to the support of the American Institute in Taiwan (美國在台協會).

At a press conference to announce the concert, Dillingham described bluegrass as high-energy American music that tells a story. He added that it can only be played on acoustic instruments. While widely (and wildly) appreciated at home, occasionally fused with country and gospel, bluegrass continues to be relatively unknown to foreign audiences.

In Dillingham, bluegrass has found a willing ambassador. Before arriving in Taiwan, he took the time to learn the violin melodies of traditional Chinese songs, which he hopes to interpret and perform in bluegrass style.

He has even invited local erhu musician Chang Bei-yu to accompany him, playing a type of "twin fiddles in harmony," which is popular in western swing music. Later in the concert, Dillingham's trio will broaden their musical range even further, sharing the spotlight with the sprawling Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

This spring concert should be a real treat for anyone lucky enough to be in the vicinity of the outdoor auditorium at Daan Forest Park. Considering the excellent forecast this weekend with nary a hint of rain, it should be a picnic-worthy event for the whole family. For those looking for an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy a spring evening with wonderful music, this is one concert experience you definitely don't want to miss. ■

'Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road with TSO' (凱爾迪林漢與馬蹄路樂團) ► 7 p.m. March 23 (Sat.) ► 4:30 p.m. March 24 (Sun.) / Da-an Forest Park Amphitheater (大安森林公園), near the corner of Xinsheng S. Rd. & Hsinyi Rd. / Free Admission /

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