Small Island Big Song

A music for climate project collaborating with artists of the Indo-Pacific. Now booking 2023 EU Summer tour

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Small Island Big Song is a multi-platform project uniting the seafaring cultures of Indo-Pacific through songs, a contemporary and relevant musical statement from a region at the frontline of the Climate Crisis.

Co-founders BaoBao Chen (Taiwan) and Tim Cole (Australia) quit their jobs after hearing the IPCC report in 2014, and have been recording & filming with musicians on their custodial land across 16 island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The outcomes include two award-winning albums, a feature film (WOMEX 15 film), edu' programs, and a live concert that has toured around the world to 20 countries reaching over 200K+ live audiences since the world premiere at SXSW 2018.

A theatrical concert feat. 6 musicians performing live backed by film footages from a 3-year filed trip to 16 island nations.

In 2018/19, we performed in Førde, Rudolstadt, Colours of Ostrava, and EtnoSur festivals. In 2022, we launched our second album 'Our Island' with 36 shows & outreach program across 26 p.a.c., inc' Bing concert Hall/Stanford live, Penn Stage PAC, Krannert center, as well as opening the 2022 Italian Capital of Culture with the show and a week-long co-curated community program.

We're now booking
2023 JUN / JUL - EUROPE & UK

BaoBao Chen
Tim Cole

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Winner - Songlines Music Award UK 2019 - Best Asia/Pacific album
Winner - The Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Awards) 2019 - Album of the Year
Nominated - Independent Music Awards US 2019 - Best Concept Album & Best Website

'Album of the Week' - "It's not a usual thing!" - Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6
★★★★★ "Simply Brilliant!" - Seth Jordan, Songlines Magazine, UK
★★★★★ “For too long the term ‘world music’ has applied overwhelmingly to music from Africa, the Indian subcontinent and South America. Asia and the Pacific have been the Cinderellas at the party. Not anymore!” Sydney Morning Herald AU

A Fair Trade Music Release - 50% of net profit goes back to the artists & NGOs.
All physical albums come with a 56-page full-colour booklet, no single used plastic.

( ( ( Free copy of our latest album 'OUR ISLAND' at our stand ) ) )

participating in

  • WOMEX 2022
  • WOMEX, Digital Edition, feat. Budapest Ritmo
  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015


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Online) A Musical Journey to the islands of Asia, Pacific & Indian oceans.

Small Island Big Song - Musicians united by...

Video) Small Island Big Song project trailer

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Live) Small Island Big Song Cinematic Concert at World Stage Design 2017

Small Island Big Song is an ambitious world music...

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