Radio Rose, aka Rose Goossen, is a lifelong musician and committed explorer of time and space. Raised in rural Manitoba, she spent the long winters grappling with the puzzle of the piano in the basement of her family home, and the summers garnering exposure to the sonic wonders of the world at outdoor festivals and concerts. When she came of age, she took her chances on the wind and lived out of a backpack for a period of five years. During that time, she circumnavigated the globe once and performed as a busker and home concert artist in many handfuls of countries across North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Since arriving on the island of Taiwan in 2014, Radio Rose has written and performed as a solo artist and a member of many musical collectives. She has been a participant in presenting cumbia, klezmer, reggae, country, rock ‘n roll, jazz, indie pop, and folk music around the island. At her home in Taipei, she has amassed the components of a functional recording studio known as Simple Minstrel, which now allows her to produce music on her own time and her own terms.

In her own songs, Radio Rose seeks to incorporate elements of many different influences, drawing on her experiences in bands to transcend borders of genre and style. Her recent writing is focused on the exploration of the human experience, especially the emotional and relational elements of life on Earth. In every song, she presents at least one version of the truth, and her lyrics are pared and polished to tell the story clearly, with conviction. Some compositions have their roots in her classical piano training, others are emulations of the wide-open-sky music of her prairie home, others reproduce the pop format of standard radio hits. The common thread across her body of work is her voice, sometimes whispering, sometimes wailing, changing with the seasons, always and never the same.

Asked to describe her relationship with music and intentions for the future, she answers: “First and foremost, music is a method through which I can interpret, understand, and experience life in a way that is honest, honorable, always joyful and occasionally beautiful. It is a useful processing system for complicated emotions and a frame that makes the world appear more orderly, more manageable.

Secondly, music is a discipline. One is always seeking to be let in, and there is always another level of understanding and craft worthy of striving for. I’ve been playing for my entire life, and I know I can continue for as long as I live without ever arriving at the perfection of the practice. It’s a never-ending story.

Thirdly, music is a career. In Taipei, music has become a line of business. There has been a lot of measurable growth and development over the last four years, and I hope that it will become possible to expand that business and give more time to it in the future.”

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We are Marta and Ben, a Polish-German couple currently traveling the world. We’ve met last year, both with specified and fixed plans, following two different paths. And even though it seemed impossible, we decided to be together against all (so many!) odds. Since then we travel together, share big and small dreams, live great moments and face troubles. We laugh loud and argue loud, we cry, smile, party and have fun together each day. We live in constant need to visit new places. We share the urge to discover, learn and understand new cultures, traditions and customs. We crave to see all world’s wonders. We want to meet beautiful people and get to know their stories. We would like to listen to local music, taste delicious food, swim in different seas and sleep under different skies. We wish to speak various languages but sometimes just stay speechless. We want an adventure. Our dream and plan is to travel from Argentina to Alaska on a tandem bicycle and visit all the countries of South, Latin and North America. This means that we are going to cover the distance of 30 000 km in three years time.

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