The violinist, percussionist and keyboard players spend 10 days in Rome
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Red Hippo Band (紅河馬) is looking for success by
performing free of charge on the streets of Rome for ten days, reports said Tuesday.
The three-man band, which consists of violinist Ken Hsu (許茗鈜), keyboardist Sma Wei (魏一傑) and percussionist Rus Ho (何強), sees street performances as a failsafe way of making new international friends and establishing far-ranging contacts.
The biggest problem, according to Wei, was to adapt their music to the audiences, which kept changing as new groups appeared and walked by them or stopped to enjoy the music.
When they saw young people around, they would start playing rock or dance tunes, but when they noticed groups of Asian tourists, they would turn to Chinese-language popular classics. [FULL STORY]