JADE MUSIC FEST

Van Lefan

Van Lefan

樂凡

Van Lefan樂凡 is a Taiwanese multidisciplinary artist with practices in music, sound art, visual media, written works, theatre, northern Shaolin kung fu, dance, and aerial hoop.

Composing using field recordings, feedback, self made instruments, electronics, voice, and acoustic instruments, her work continues to explore new ways interweaving mediums can create immersive spaces for healing, processing emotions, ideas, and reflection on personal and collective experiences.

Her works include debut album “What Holds Us Together?” (2022), SFU Theatre Production of Susanna Fournier’s “next time i die” (2022), “Space is Made” (2023, in Residency with Media Arts Committee), “Julius Caesar” at Bard on the Beach (2023, Assistant Sound Design), and completed technician apprenticeship at Lobe 4DSOUND Spatial Sound Studio in summer 2023.

Lefan is currently developing “Unsent Letters: To Whom It May Concern “, an experimental play/installation, intimately diving into the cyclical nature of interpersonal relationships, attachment patterns, memories, and the subconscious.

"As a Taiwanese artist with my first languages being Mandarin and Taiwanese, using these languages in my work are an extremely important part of my expression and connection to who I am. My first experiences singing have been in those languages, I have so many childhood memories of singing with my family, and when I sing those songs now, it brings me back home. This experience seems to be shared amongst many people of the diaspora. There's been many instances when I perform in these languages, people from Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, come up to me afterwards expressing how rare and special it is for them to hear these songs."
- Van Lefan

Jade Music Fest is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to operate on these lands, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose music and culture encourages us to better listen to each other.

Jade Music Fest is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to operate on these lands, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose music and culture encourages us to better listen to each other.

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OCT 18 - 20

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