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March 25, 2012

Summer Lei’s Gently Eclectic Spectacle

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:36 pm

Taiwanese songstress mixes music, poems and images onstage. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger, Mar. 22 2012

It’s not just her music that’s eclectic, but her very inspiration. The JUE Fest’s climactic weekend features Taiwanese ‘musical poet’ Summer Lei, who blends intimate lyrics with gentle backing piano and searing violins on recorded songs like “Homeland.” Her live performances are a hodgepodge of sonnets, melancholy harmonies, and flickering slide shows. Below, Summer Lei details the value of her shows’ assorted components and her music’s mixed muses – drawing on everything from simple changes in weather to the political tensions between China and Japan, Israel and Palestine.






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