Sayun Chang

Composer, Percussionist

Taipei, Taiwan

Sayun Chang is a classically trained percussionist from Taiwan who is deeply connected to her aborigine lineage and has worked tirelessly in researching and performing her culture’s folk music traditions. Sayun’s work frequently explores the intersection of contemporary classical music and the indigenous rhythms of Taiwan and she is also proficient in a number of world percussion traditions including Ewe drumming from Ghana and matsuri taiko drumming from Japan. She has collaborated widely with artists across a broad range of musical traditions from folk and contemporary classical to experimental, improvisatory performances. Sayun’s practice is grounded in the belief that music breaks boundaries and unites people of different races and backgrounds with hope and empathy and her cross-genre compositions aim to inspire connection between often disparate cultures. She has led a number of educational music workshops, including a percussion course with prison inmates at Rikers Island in New York City.