"Chipin & Kaiya" is a very special combination. Violinist Chi-pin Hsieh and Pianist Kai-ya Chang are two musicians that majored in classical music, then went to Europe to study jazz music for years and graduated with master's degrees from the Jazz Department of Royal Conservatory Brussels (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel), Belgium. After they went back to Taiwan in July 2002, they earnestly and enthusiastically performed in different places with various themes, and invited special guests to join their performance. They revealed an elegant music style with breadth and depth, and interacted with the audiences in a humorous way to present the relaxing aspect of jazz music.

Their compositions also reveal the broad vision of the new generations of jazz musicians. They not only integrated the Taiwanese traditional music into their music, but also merged the music elements from all over the world to present a kind of music which full of the life scenes and landscapes in Taiwan.


Chipin & Kaiya's Duo Project

Violin - Chi-pin Hsieh
Piano - Kai-ya Chang

The most celebrated Duo Project was developed when Chipin & Kaiya went back to Taiwan in July 2002, the idea is stretching the boundary of a violin-piano duet, besides more than 60 fruitful thematic performances, we composed our original music on "Impressions of Taiwan" album by this Duo Project as well. This refined format is one of the most-requested program of Chipin & Kaiya.

Worth to Note

2003 "Taiwan New Jazz" Concert at the National Recital Hall in Taipei
2003 Debut album "Impressions of Taiwan" (Sunrise Records 68551) released
2005 Represented Taiwan to perform in the Java International Jazz Festival in Jakarta
2003-2005 60 Thematic Concerts at Corridor Cafe, National Taiwan University, Taipei
2006 Annual Campus Tour in Taiwan
2007 Performed in Fukuoka, Japan Plus numerous performances



Chipin & Kaiya Jazz Quartet

This is the working band of Chipin & Kaiya located in Taiwan, besides fixed members, we worked & invited other best Taiwanese or International jazz musicians in town to perform together. The style of Chipin & Kaiya Jazz Quartet contains more straight-ahead feel, we not only perform our original compositions but also make arrangements on jazz tunes.

Violin - Chi-pin Hsieh
Piano - Kai-ya Chang
Bass - Hou-chin Lin
Drums - Wen-yu Lin


Worth to Note

Very active in various festivals, concert halls, colleges & jazz pubs

2009 Third album "Kai-ya Chang - Jazz Promenade"(Ewise Digital 1112622) released
2010 Fifth album "Kai-ya Chang - Jazz Promenade 2"(Ewise Digital 112722) released


International Quintet

Chipin & Kaiya International Jazz Quintet

The idea started with the Taiwan-Belgium Jazz Recording Project which we went to Europe in March 2007 to record our second album "Mr. BeBu" with the world class jazz masters, this transnational production reveals the new level of Taiwanese Jazz, and the album was well-received then became one of the most popular jazz albums of 2007 in Taiwan. In the album we invited fabulous Belgian jazz guitarist Fabien Degryse and American Saxophonist/Clarinetist John Ruocco to feature on several of our original compositions.

Violin - Chi-pin Hsieh
Piano - Kai-ya Chang
Bass - Bart De Nolf (Belgium)
Drums - Mimi Verderame (Italy/Belgium), Bruno Castellucci (Italy/Belgium)
Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet - John Ruocco (USA)


Worth to Note

2005 Concerts at Da Ann Forest Park, Family Theater in Taipei & Splendor Hotel Taichung
2007 Second album "Mr. BeBu" (Ewise Digital 112492) released
2008 "Mr BeBu" Taiwan Tour in Taipei, Taichung & Nantou
2009 Third album "Kai-ya Chang - Jazz Promenade"(Ewise Digital 1112622) released
2010 Fourth album "Mimi Meimei" (Ewise Digital 1112632) released



JACK Project

A very special musical project to fuse JAzz & roCK music together!

Violin - Chi-pin Hsieh
Keyboard - Kai-ya Chang
Guitar - Geddy Lin
Bass - Hou-chin Lin
Drums - Toshi Fujii

Worth To Note:

Regular Concert Performances & Special Features

2012 "JACK Project - Freedom Voyage"(Ewise Digital 112756) released
2012 Performed at Taipei International Jazz Festival

Chipin & Kaiya - Noted Jazz musicians from Taiwan just released their 6th album within 10 years, this time a special project called "JACK" - which means JAzz+roCK - is launched. 11 tracks were all music you seem knew, but sound brand new! This special project was initiated from one of the regular pub thematic concerts they organized from 2009 in Taipei City, and now the original members gathered together to make it into an album called "Freedom Voyage"! Aside from the lead violin by Chi-pin Hsieh & keyboard/Synth/Main-Arranger Kai-ya Chang, the JACK bassist is Hou-chin Lin, guitarist is Geddy Lin and Toshi Fujii is in charge of the drums.

If you checked out out the song titles you might find some clues but JACK had adapted everything into a natural way so that you can only sense the musical creativity! To make some tracks much fruitful, Some international jazz greats were featured such as US trumpeter David Smith, trombonist Alan Ferber & saxophonist John Ruocco, plus the Belgian bassist Bart De Nolf & drummer Mimi Verderame, who all featured on the last album of Kai-ya Chang - "Jazz Promenade 2". Actually, 2 albums were recorded in the same 4-day session but by well-production it turned out to be completely 2 different musical results!

The all-live recording session was finished at Platinum Studio in Taipei and the mix was done by the famous Belgian recording engineer Pino Guarraci and mastered at Foon Mastering Center in Belgium, which maintains the high level and great quality of Chipin & Kaiya's Jazz's production.

"JACK Project - Freedom Voyage" is in stock from June 8 at local & online music store in Taiwan, check out the official website for more clips and info.

Regional and International booking for performance is available for second half of 2012 to 2013, check the website for contact into too!




When Taiwanese Opera Meets Jazz

A Unique musical encounter of the two art forms! 2"Guahee" (Taiwanese Opera) performers - the famous singer/actress Mei-yun Tang & Ur-hu player Wen-liang Liu gathered together with 2 Taiwanese jazz musicians - pianist Kai-ya Chang & violinist Chi-pin Hsieh, by utilizing the traditional Taiwanese music and drama elements, the four improvised and interacted with jazz concept.

Worth to Note

2005 5 Concerts in Taipei and Tainan (all sold out)
2007 2 Reunion Concerts in Taipei and Taichung (all sold out again!)



Educational Activities


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