O-Kai Singers is an aboriginal Taiwanese vocal group whose outstanding vocal ability has brought them immediate success. Only two months after its establishment they managed to take home first place in national category at the Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival. Since then, they have shattered records in the Taiwan a cappella scene, winning more than 20 different awards including category of “Best Jazz Album” with their first album for Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), 3 times for Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, 4 national champions, runners up at an international competition, and scoring third place twice in international competitions in Europe. While sharing the stage with top international groups including The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, and The Idea of North, they pushed the total number of performances to more than 600 within eight years.
Aside from singing, O-Kai Singers also arranged and produced music in different genres. The Children’s songs albums from the Council of Cultural Affairs of Taiwan featured over 200 songs written, arranged, sung by O-Kai Singers.These albums have also been nominated for the Golden Melody Awards, the best-known music awards in Taiwan.
O-Kai Singers has been active in the music education area as well. They held several workshops and tutorials nationally and internationally, inspiring and leading new vocal groups to win international awards. After a performance at National Taiwan University of the Arts, one of the group members, Jia-Ching Lai, was invited to teach in the university, holding the first professional a cappella course in Taiwan history. Moreover, he was often invited as the judge in international competitions, such as Taiwan International A Cappella Competition, Taiwan Contemporary A Cappella Competition, The Sing-off China, Hong Kong A Cappella Competition, Shanghai A Cappella Competition, and the first A Cappella Competition in China.
See also: Festival Orient, Orient 2013, Orient 2011, Orient presents in 2010, Orient 2009, Orient presents in 2008, Orient 2007, Orient presents in 2006, Orient 2005, Festival archives Orient in Palmyra (Voices from the Stars Above the Desert), The Path to the Heart of Asia (CD recorded with featuring musicians of Orient 1992)
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Special thanks: EAS, Alar Metsson, Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia, His Excellency Gary K. Y. Ko, Gustavo Chu, Hedi Palipea, Meliisa Marianne Palipea