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U.S. one-handed guitarist Tony Memmel and band to perform in Taiwan

2017/11/18 18:16:28

Image taken from Tony Memmel's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tonymemmel/)

Taipei, Nov. 18 (CNA) One-handed U.S. guitarist Tony Memmel and his band are coming to Taiwan in December as part of the 2017 American Music Abroad program to promote U.S.-Taiwan cultural exchanges, according to a press statement released by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Saturday.

Memmel, an American Music Abroad program alumnus, is scheduled to perform three concerts in Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, as well as a charity recital at National Taiwan University Hospital in early December.

His "Sing For Love" Concerts, will run from Dec. 1-3, starting in Taipei on Dec. 1, followed by Tainan on Dec. 2 and Kaohsiung on Dec. 3.

Each of the performances will feature a special guest Taiwanese musician, with blind pianist Hsu Che-cheng (許哲誠) joining Memmel and his band for the Taipei concert.

All concerts are free and open to the public, as part of the American Music Abroad program which, according to AIT, is intended to promote American music across the world.

Memmel was born without a left forearm, but "he taught himself to play the guitar by building a homemade cast out of duct tape that secures a guitar pick to his arm, and allows him to pluck and strum the strings," the AIT statement read.

He is an award-winning singer-songwriter, counting amongst his awards singer/songwriter of the year at the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards

(By Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu)
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