Original Score & Soundtracks

All the soundtracks of OMW were originally composed and written by Michele Cheng, except Track #2, #5, and #7 which incorporated melodies from two Taiwanese folk songs. The compositions in the album were inspired by Taiwanese folk songs, indigenous peoples tunes, Japnese folk music, and jazz-- all of which have deeply influenced the culture and history of Taiwan. The album was recorded with a string quartet, piano, vocal, and guest Taiko artist Shih-wei Willie Wu.

Tracks:

01- Playful Kids  4:27

02- Song of Magic Birds- Queena's Theme  5:30

03- Kokoro- Willie's Theme  4:53

04- Urban Romance- Michun's Theme  5:49

05- Taiwanese Lullaby  4:45

06- OMW Theme Song  2:36

07- Lullaby of Nostalgia  3:53

08- On My Way Piano Improvisation I  5:31

09- On My Way Piano Improvisation II  6:55

10- OMW Theme Song (Chinese Version)  2:36

Performers:

Piano, vocal, improviser: Michele Cheng

Violin & Improviser: Anna Savery

Violin & Improviser: Nina Kang

Viola & Improviser: Hui-yi Kao

Cello: Cynthia Tsai

Taiko: Shih-wei Willie Wu

Production:

Producer & Composer: Michele Cheng

Recording Engineer: 

  Hassan Estakhrian: #1,3,4,5,7

  George Wheeler: #2,8,9

Sound Engineer: 

  Hassan Estakhrian: #1,3,4,5,6,7,10

  Jordan Watson: #2,3,8,9

About the project

OMW is a commission project that promotes and speaks to the diversity of Southern California, by means of creating musical work and generating community activities. The project is commissioned by DECADE Program of Graduate Division at University of California, Irvine. 

Synopsis

Four young 1.5 generation Taiwanese-Americans living in Southern California find themselves balancing between two contrasting cultures. As emerging artists in their mid-twenties, Queena, Willie, Michun, and Michele discuss their intergenerational, personal, and honest stories and how these emotional and goofy, yet insightful, experiences shape their art and personal identities.

Queena, metalsmithing artist, was born in the U.S. and raised in Taiwan; Willie, taiko performer, was born in Taiwan and raised in the US; Michun, multifaceted artist who was born in the U.S. and raised in Taiwan, was born to European American father and Taiwanese mother. Michele, composer and the director of this film, was born in the U.S. and raised in Taiwan. She was the childhood sweetheart of Michun in Taiwan, and was the colleague of Willie in the U.S. Hear the stories of these young Taiwanese American artists, about their cultural journey, about how those experiences become part of their arts and identities, and about how their life stories were connected.

Artworks © designed by Yu-jung Chen

Director Statement

I am 1.5 generation Asian American. That means I experience and identify local cultures from both Asia and America. The identities of Asian and Asian American are different, but my identity lies somewhere in between because I have existed in both cultural environments. I moved to the United States in my early twenties after growing up in Taiwan. Then I realized the definition of home became an obscured concept. The eagerness of finding the puzzles of who I am drove me to make this documentary after unexpectedly receiving a Diversity Awards from my graduate school, while I had just begun my new life at my foreign yet familiar hometown, the United States. I spent months field researching, interviewing people from Taiwanese communities in SoCal, and it eventually took me two years to finish the whole production. This documentary not only presents the cultural identities, experiences, and transformation of the young artists I interviewed with, but also reflects the diversity of immigration, relations between globalization and individuals, and who we are."

- Michele Cheng

Copyright © 2019 Michele Cheng.