聲動劇場 (Sheng Dong) or A Moving Sound is a Taiwanese music act consisting of vocalist/dancer Mia Hsieh, vocalist, bass guitarist and zhong ruan player Scott Prairie, erhu player Wei-Jun Yeh, and zhong ruan player I-Tung Pan. In A Moving Sound's music traditional Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian music forms are fused in new original song compositions. Instruments such as the Chinese erhu (a vertically held, bowed instrument), the zhong ruan (Chinese guitar), and the transcendent vocals and dance of lead singer Mia Hsieh, transport listeners on a journey that Global Rhythm magazine described as "...delicately balanced between many worlds...an entryway to Eastern music and artful expression of the human condition." A Moving Sound has attracted international attention for opening doors to the under explored territory that is Pan-Asian music. The group is intensely passionate about how it presents the use of traditional instruments in its contemporary sound. Their approach is to be holistic - combining art, spirituality, social awareness, and a universal love of humanity play key roles in the creative process. After releasing three albums in Taiwan, the group made their US debut on Motéma Music with a self-titled release in September 2011, which was compiled from their second and third albums.
According to Tom Pryor, music supervisor for National Geographic, "A Moving Sound is one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today, an inspired marriage of Taiwanese traditional sounds and Western pop experimentation that forges an important new musical dialogue." The Public Theater called their work "an exciting new development in the progression of Chinese music, joyous, evocative and enchanting.
Their music was featured on Lonely Planet's program, Six Degrees.
The group was formed in 2000, while Mia Hsieh was on a trip to New York City to study dance with Meredith Monk. She met Scott Prairie in the last month of her trip, and they began the group. Prairie was sent to Carnegie Mellon University to study horn, but changed his major to psychology. He returned to music via bass guitar while visiting Europe. The two married and began an ensemble fusing Taiwanese traditional music with other musical styles found in Taiwan and music from surrounding Asia synthesized through their own unique artistic and spiritual vision.
In 2011, Sheng Dong kicked off their North American tour on September 17 in Townsend, Maryland and continued on throughout October. This concert tour follows the recent release of its first North American album, in time for the 100th anniversary of Taiwan.
In 2013 they return to the U.S. with performances at the Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, Globalquerque World music festival in New Mexico and a number of universities including Vanderbilt, Dartmouth and George Washington University.