Four Characters

Date: Thursday June 1, 8:00 PM
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: 90 minutes, with intermission

Additional Performance: TICKETS

Date: Friday June 2, 7:00 PM on Shared Bill with Edward Schocker & Shih Yang Lee
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: 2 hours, plus intermission & 9PM Post-Performance Q&A with Audience

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 

Festival Pass

If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00


Li-Chin Li - Sheng (Chinese Mouth Organ)
Chun-Te Liu - Guzheng (Chinese Zither)
Klaus Bru - C-Saxophones, Flute
Shih-Yang Lee - Piano

Artist Information


Work Sample


World music improvisation ensemble KaDaoYin, based in Taipei and London, play their U.S. premiere at the SFIAF. The signature combination of C-saxophones / flute, piano, and the colorful traditional Chinese instruments sheng and guzheng stands at the crossroads of Chinese and Western music culture. The acoustic sound of KaDaoYin, loosely structured, but deeply felt, draws from Contemporary Classical Music, Chinese and Asian Folk Music, Free Improvisation and Jazz, and everything in between. Both of the band's 2 CDs have been awarded: Four Characters and Slow have won multiple prizes and awards for both contemporary music and traditional arts.


Li-Chin Li is a young sheng player and composer from Taichung who graduated from the National University of the Arts in Tainan. Li's rendition of the Super Mario Theme for her instrument has gone viral on Youtube with over 4 million hits and world-wide media coverage. She is active both as a soloist and a chamber musician, and after being a member of the HongKong Chinese Orchestra, lives now in Taipei. In 2014, Li staged her own recital in Taipei's honorable National Concert Hall with the addition of Djs and multimedia.

Chun-Te Liu, Guzheng player, is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese music. He graduated from the Chinese Music Department at Tainan National University of arts, majoring in guzheng. Later he studied composition at Chiao Tung University in Hsin-Chu. He now works as a dancer for Taiwanese dance companies, while often contributing the music scores and his outstanding guzheng skills to their productions.

Klaus Bru, previously based in Taipei, now in London, has worked with an abundance of artists in dissimilar musical contexts, covering the spectrum from Experimental Noise and Electronica to Mainstream Jazz and Pop Music. Bru is possibly the only saxophonist who specializes in the rare C-saxophones, which he likes to electrify. He has performed and recorded with Marc Ribot, Sunny Murray, Franz Hautzinger, Peter Herbert, Michael Moser, Bilal Karaman, Li Jian-Hong, Sabu Toyozumi, Eddie Prevost, Orphy Robinson, and many others.

Shih-Yang Lee, from Taipei, has performed and recorded in Asia and Europe, among others with illustrious names like Sabu Toyozumi, Fred van Hove, Sainkho Namtchylak, Carlos Zingaro, Umezu Kazutoki, Tobias Delius, Luc Houtkamp, and many more. In addition, he has made himself a name as a composer and performer in some of the best drama and dance companies in Taiwan. His live album “Galactic Alignment” with Fred van Hove won the “Honorary Mention of the New Releases of the 2014 of New York City Jazz Record. “Music Non Stop” won the “Best Musician” of 6th Indie Music Award. He is also the founder and music director of “Taiwan International Improvised Music Festival”.
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