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A Moving Sound

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Genres  World music
Labels  Motéma Music
Genre  World music
Albums  A Moving Sound
Years active  2000–present
Origin  Taipei, Taiwan
Record label  Motéma Music
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Members  Mia Hsieh Scott Prairie I-Tung Pan I-Fang Chen Po-Tsen Yeh
Similar  Violons Barbares, Jana Herzen, Meredith Monk, National Chinese Orchestra, A‑WA

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聲動樂團 (Sheng Dong) or A Moving Sound is a Taiwanese music act consisting of vocalist/dancer Mia Hsieh, vocalist, bass guitarist and zhong ruan player Scott Prairie, erhu player I-Fang Chen, and zhong ruan player I-Tung Pan.


In A Moving Sound’s music traditional Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian music forms are fused in new original song compositions. Instruments such as the Chinese erhu (fiddle), the zhong ruan (lute), and the transcendent vocals and dance of lead singer Mia Hsieh, transport listeners on a journey that Global Rhythm magazine described as “...delicately balanced between many worlds…an entryway to Eastern music and artful expression of the human condition."

A Moving Sound has attracted international attention for opening doors to the under explored territory that is Pan-Asian music. The group is intensely passionate about how it presents the use of traditional instruments in its contemporary sound. Their approach is to be holistic – combining art, spirituality, social awareness, and a universal love of humanity play key roles in the creative process.

According to Tom Pryor, music supervisor for National Geographic, "A Moving Sound is one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today, an inspired marriage of Taiwanese traditional sounds and Western pop experimentation that forges an important new musical dialogue." The Public Theater called their work “an exciting new development in the progression of Chinese music, joyous, evocative and enchanting.

They have performed all around the world, including well known festival WOMAD(BBC Radio3 stage), Kennedy center etc.. Their music was featured on Lonely Planet's program, Six Degrees, and on BBC, NPR, PRI. After releasing three albums in Taiwan, the group made their US debut on Motéma Music with a self-titled release in 2011, .

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The group was formed in 2000, while Mia Hsieh was on a trip to New York City to study with Meredith Monk, Lynn Book. She met Scott Prairie, and began the group in Taiwan. Prairie was sent to Carnegie Mellon University to study horn, but changed his major to psychology. He returned to music via bass guitar while visiting Europe. The two began an ensemble fusing Taiwanese traditional music with other musical styles found in Taiwan and music from surrounding Asia synthesized through their own unique artistic and spiritual vision.


Kennedy Canter, US 2013 Albequergue World Music Festival, US 2013 Flushing Town Hall, NY, US 2013 University—George Whashington, Vanderbilt、Dartmouth、Seton Hill、North Arizona, 2013 WOMAD BBC Radio3 stage, England 2012 Itinerari Festival, Trento Italy 2012 Small World Festival, Toronto, Canada 2011 Towson University, Towson MD US 2011 University of California at Berkeley, CSU, Monterey Bay World Theater, US 2011 STADT Contemporary Arts Center, Munich Germany 2010 Shanghai World Exposition, China 2010 RichMix Arts Center, London, England 2010 Satellit Café, Paris, France 2010 World Village Festival, Helsinki, Finland 2010 Festival of Cultural Diversity, Costellon Spain 2010 Culture Del Mondo, Cuneo, Italy 2009 Fest Der Kulturen, Augsburg, Germany 2009 Dunya Festival, Netherlands 2008 Global Sound Healing Conference, LA, US 2008 Grand Performances, Los Angeles, US 2007 Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada 2007 The Rubin Museum, New York City, US 2007 Ollin Kan Festival, Mexico City, Mexico 2007 The Quebec City Festival, Canada 2007 Grassroots Festival, Ithaca NY, US 2007 WOMEX, Music Exposition, Spain 2006 MOFFOM Festival, Prague, CZ 2006 The New York Public Theater, US 2005 Chicago World Music Festival, US 2005


  • Little Universe (2004; repackaged 2009)
  • Songs Beyond Words (2007)
  • Starshine (2009)
  • A Moving Sound [compilation] (Motéma Music, 2011)
  • Songs

    The Market SongA Moving Sound · 2011
    HarvestA Moving Sound · 2011
    Ghost LakeA Moving Sound · 2011


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