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Small Island Big Song LIVE

Our Island tour 2022/23/24

2022 JAN' to APR' USA

2022 MAY Italy

2022 DEC' Taiwan

2023 Mar' Australia

2023 APR' Taiwan

2023 JUN'  Europe & UK 

2024 JAN' to APR' USA

Framed in a theatrical narrative amongst panoramic visuals of the artist’s homelands, the audience experiences a musical journey across the breadth and into the soul of island nations of Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean, meeting an ancient seafaring ancestry and confronting the impacts of climate change head on, as the performers and youth ambassadors share their island's voice supported through the cinematic sequences. 

Drawing on a roster of respected first nation artists, the concert features musicians performing irresistible oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads engaging audiences from huge festival stages to intimate theatres. Combining music, spoken word and live cinema with AV projections featuring footage collected during a 3-year film trip across 16 countries guided by the artists on their homelands.

Moving beyond the concert experience, Small Island Big Song offers a variety of opportunities for students and audiences to investigate the environmental, political, social and cultural contexts on our oceans’ islands.

Photos from our performances at Bing Concert Hall/ Stanford Univ', Symphony Space/ Broadway, Randolph W. Bromery Center/ UMASS,

Centennial hall/ Univ. of Arizona, Penn State P.A.C./ Penn State Univ. & Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Taken by Kimmi Cranes in 2022

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PERFORMANCES

 

- Full concert 90 min' with intermission -

- Matinee show 60 min' no intermission -

- Artists' solo performances -

PRE-TOUR ENGAGEMENT

- Film screening + Virtual Q&A -

Small Island Big Song - An Oceanic Songline

IN-PERSON OUTREACH PROGRAM

- Panel, Multi-media Lecture & Demonstration -

History from an Indigenous Perspective

Climate Crisis - Our Response As Artists

Indigenous Women Making Traditional Culture Relevant

The Genesis of Small Island Big Song

- Workshop -

Dance workshop / party

Trash to Music workshop

- Community Engagement -

Land acknowledgement

Food sharing

A walk with SIBS in nature

Inviting local guest musicians

Youth voice for local environmental issues

Toured to 17 countries across four continents, 200K+ audiences have seen it live since its premiere at SXSW 2018. It has become a feature of SIBS concerts for encore to spontaneously erupt into a shared celebration, with instruments, voices and dancing bodies rising from the seats. Moving beyond the concert experience, Small Island Big Song offers a variety of opportunities for students and audiences to investigate the environmental, political, social and cultural contexts on our oceans’ islands.

Contact

Mar-Apr 2023 Asia/Pacific

Jun-Jul 2023 Europe

BaoBao Chen baobao@smallislandbigsong.com

Jan-May 2024 North America

agent SRO Artists Inc.

Featured Touring Artists

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Sammy
Merina, Madagascar

Sammy has led an extraordinary life as a Madagascan musician, at a time when most picked up guitars over the traditional Valiha, Sammy followed his passion for Madagascar’s musical heritage, by mastering and learning how to make most of Madagascar’s instruments.

His efforts coming to the notice of the UK’s world music scene as his group ‘Tarika Sammy’, gained international recognition, becoming a regular on major festival stages and being acknowledged as one of the world’s best 10 bands, by TIME Magazine. Sammy has been much in demand since, and we are proud to have him at every Small Island Big Song concert.

Photo: Kimmi Cranes

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Emlyn
Creole, Mauritius

Featured on CNN, songwriter, musician and dancer, Emlyn is leading a wave of performers across the Indian Ocean proudly reclaiming their unique rhythms and cultural mix.

Written with a reactive pen and sung in Creole, her songs rebelliously express her concerns for her island’s environment. A cause she has taken up as co-founder of ‘Enn Losean Vivab’, a Mauritius based organisation educating school students about plastic pollution.

Emlyn brings the infectious grooves of Sega with its soul from the African slave trade to the stage played on the Ravann, Triangle and Kayamb.

Photo: Kimmi Cranes

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Putad
Amis, Taiwan

Powerful, entrancing, unapologetic all words used to describe Putad’s engaging stage presence. In the proud spirit of her Indigenous Amis heritage Putad unites ancient vocal traditions with raw energy of grunge, rock and punk as her and her brother Wusang’s band Outlet Drift express. Their bold, uplifting and uncompromising shows place their Amis heritage on centre stage at 100db & 100mph as they confront prejudices taking the audience on an unforgettable sonic ride.

In the Small Island Big Song ensemble, she brings this energy, her soaring voice, rock bass along with her coastal Amis ancestry and love for the ocean. A regular surfer, Putad’s connection to the ocean will be brought onto stage and into the outreach program.

Photo: Kimmi Cranes

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Vaiteani
Tahitian, Tahiti

Vaiteani is the lead singer songwriter of the Polynesian group bearing her name, with her partner and gifted multi-Instrumentalist Luc, they perform songs as captivating and beautiful as her homeland Tahiti which inspires them. Vaiteani are one of the most popular acts in Polynesia today, a standing they have been able to use to draw awareness to environmental issues.

They sing for her people and nature, with one foot in the world of contemporary music styles, Soul, Folk and the other, exploring the timeless music traditions of her Polynesian heritage. People get moved by the captivating tone of her voice while their songs bring us all to some hidden place where we can discover a deeper substance to the subject.

Photo: Bruno Drouot

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Yoyo Tuki
Rapa Nui & Australia

The world sees Easter Islanders as the people who foolishly depleted their natural resources deforesting their island, Yoyo Tuki confronts that image as he stands strong in his Rapa Nui ancestry steadied through a deep respect for his land and traditions as nurtured by his grandfather ‘Mana Roa’ (Great Wisdom).

A mana (Substance of presence) ringing out through his singing, music, art and performance, lifting us above our prejudices. Pioneering fusions of reggae, folk and funk with his mastery of Polynesian ukulele styles, Yoyo Tuki sings out for one of the most remote islands on Earth.

Photo: Small Island Big Song

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Selina Leem
Marshallese, Marshall Islands

Selina is among the global faces of climate change, representing her country in the film ‘Before the Flood’ produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and as the youngest speaker at the COP21 for Paris Agreement, making a passionate plea to global leaders for stronger action on climate change.

Selina can push her audience into a place of understanding and care for her homeland, whilst making them look into the future and see the repercussions of current global actions. Her spoken word pieces have been heard across the globe, and will form the narrative of the show, at times delivered by Selina in person.

Photo: Kimmi Cranes

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Sauljaljui
Paiwan, Taiwan

In 2009 a typhoon devastated Sauljaljui’s village and community, her response was to write “Lament of Colored Cloth” a song which enabled the village to unite their tragedy and recover, winning a prestigious songwriters award in Taiwan.

Two albums and countless international concerts later, Sauljaljui is just as dedicated to her Paiwan community, directing a yearly cultural festival, being the first female leader in her community youth group, and contributing to the community's cultural canon. Recently with her elders, she created a Paiwan warriors song, now regularly performed, the first time a woman has taken this role.

Photo: Kimmi Cranes

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Richard Mogu
Magi, Papua New Guinea

From Amazon Bay on the south coast of Papua New Guinea, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Richard Mogu has been a feature musician in PNG for many years as a solo artist and session musician.  Excelling in both traditional and contemporary style. ​ Whilst bass is his feature instrument, he is also adept at mambu (bamboo flutes), garamut drumming, guitars and percussion.

He was taught by legendary Sanguma founder Tony Subam. Mogu has also been involved as a producer of other PNG artists and toured internationally inc' London Olympic cultural festival, Australia and the USA.

Photo: Kimmi Cranes

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"Honestly [Small Island Big Song] was one of the best, most wonderful projects I have worked on in a presenting career that is going on 30 years!"

- Amy Vashaw - Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Univ'

“Small Island Big Song was definitely worth the wait! Such a pleasure to get to know each of you and see what can be created from deep, extended collaboration such as what you have engaged in.”
- Laura Evans - Bing Concert Hall / Standford Live!

"We had a wonderful experience with Small Island Big Song. The entire team was warm and great to work with and the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of Tim and BaoBao and the entire artistic collective was felt by all who participated in the residency activities. The class visits, discussions, and workshops were superb and engaged our students and community in meaningful ways. The performance was enthralling for everyone who attended - we received so many wonderful comments from audiences as they were leaving the theater."

- Shannon Hooker - Modlin Center at Univ' of Richmond

“I think I speak for everyone at MDC Live Arts when I say that we loved working with SIBS - they have been great every step of the way!”

- Kathryn Garcia - Miami-Dade College / Live Arts Miami

2022       Italian Capital of Culture, Procida Italy

2022       Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro CA

2022       Univ. of California in Santa Barbara, Santa Babara CA

2022       James Madison Univ. & Forbes P.A.C., Harrisonburg VA

2022       Zeiterion Perf. Art Center, New Bedford MA

2022       Dartmouth College & Spaulding Auditorium, Hanover NH

2022       Lehigh Univ. & Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem PA

2022       Penn State Univ. & Penn State P.A.C., State College PA

2022       Moraine Valley community college & Dorothy Menker Theater, Palos Hills IL

2022       Univ. of Massachusetts & Randolph W. Bromery Center, Amherst MA

2022       Symphony Space & World Music Institute, New York City NY

2022       Univ. of Richmond & Camp Concert Hall, Richmond VA

2022       Univ. of Illinois in Urbana & Foellinger Great Hall, Urbana IL

2022       Fox Cities P.A.C., Appleton WI

2022       Miami-Dade College & North Beach Band Shell, Miami FL

2022       Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale AZ

2022       Univ. of Arizona & Centennial hall, Tucson AZ

2022       Stanford Univ. & Bing Concert Hall, Stanford CA

2022       Pantages Theatre, Tacoma WA

2022       Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham WA

2022       Vashon arts center, Vashon WA

2022       Town Hall Seattle, Seattle WA

Album 'Our Island'

Concert Tour 

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2019       Colors of Ostrava Festival, Ostrava Czech Republic 

2019       Rudolstadt Festival, Rudolstadt Germany 

2019       MTC Southbank Theatre, Melbourne Australia

2019       Verona Palace, Sydney Australia 

2019       Kaohsiung Container Arts Festival, Kaohsiung Taiwan

2019       Torba Arts Festival, Mota Lava Vanuatu 

2018       Legacy, Taipei Taiwan

2018       Taoyuan Music Festival, Taoyuan Taiwan

2018       Førde World Music Festival, Førde Norway

2018       EtnoSur Festival, Alcalá la Real Spain

2018       Pllek, Amsterdam Holland  Prachtwerk

2018       Prachtwerk, Berlin Germany 

2018       Peace Boat, Copenhagen Denmark to Reykjavik Iceland

2018       Indigenous Celebration, Bali Indonesia  

2018       South by South West, International Day Stage, Austin USA

2017       World Stage Design (Work in progress), Taipei Taiwan

Album 'Small Island Big Song'

Concert Tour 

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2020-     Theatrical cinema release, 14 cities in Japan

2021       See you Sound Music Film Festival, Turin Italy

2020       LUCfestTainan Taiwan

2020       Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Melbourne Australia

2019       Antenna Int' Documentary Film Festival, Sydney Australia

2019       Ânûû-rû Âboro Int' Film FestivalNoumea New Caledonia 

2019       Jeju Film Festival, Jeju Island South Korea

2019       Ishigaki Film Festival, Ishigaki Island Japan

2019       Torba Arts Festival, Mota Lava Vanuatu 

2019       Landjuweel Festival, Amsterdam Holland

2019       Kino x MoMo Fest, Rotterdam Holland

2019       Watershed, Bristol UK

2019       Castle Cinema, London UK

2018       Bali Indigenous Film Festival, Bali Indonesia 

2018       Okinawa International Film Festival, Okinawa Japan

Film 'Small Island Big Song - An Oceanic Songline'

Screening Tour 

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