About the Blog
What can you find here?
Notes of Jo is where I share my experiences to help my readers exploring local culture at world destinations through my biggest passion – music, travel, and my lifestyle as an expat.
The Blog focuses on:
- Expat Lifestyle: Having lived in Taipei, New York, and Shanghai, I share my story living as an expat and my adventures.
- Unique Concerts and Music Related Performances: From orchestra to local musicians, from ballet to EDM, from festivals to street performances, or maybe it’s a restaurant or a club/bar that plays good music – I look for music when I travel, especially the kind I haven’t heard.
- Musicians & Travel Stories: Not just my stories, but other musicians of my generation around the world – What they listen to, their favorite travel destinations, and more.
- Food & Music: Sound can affect the way we taste food, often dramatically. I find restaurants, coffee shops, food & music festivals that feed good music to your ears besides good food.
Joanne, the voice behind Notes of Jo.
Hey there! I am Joanne, and I began playing the piano since I was 3.5 years old – Just like most of the other Asian kids of my generation. It cannot be any more stereotypical than this, but I sticked with it until today! As a trained classical pianist, music has taken me to places and inspired me to travel. My first trip to Europe was for participating a summer music festival in Burgos, Spain back in 2008!
I am originally from Taiwan, and I moved to New York when I was 14. Alone. Currently, I live in the heart of Shanghai and work as a piano teacher teaching children of local and expat communities. I hold a bachelor and a master’s degree in classical piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and New York University.
When I have time off, I travel. I love exploring new places by feet, but I don’t mind cycling and taking road trips either. I also love food, coffee, fitness, camping, and hiking. Going to exotic beaches and discovering local cuisines, visiting museums and music-related exhibitions, and seeing concerts are some of my favourite things to do.
Why Following My Footsteps to Discover Music Around the World?
If there’s music playing, no matter where I am, I listen.
Music is not just a passion – it’s my profession. Heck, I moved all the way to NYC to pursue my studies in classical music when I was 14. Over two decades of training to become a professional musician, I have developed a critical and sensitive pair of ears. New York City also gave me the chance to meet great musicians and friends from all around the world.
I listen to all kinds of music (except death metal. Sorry, death metal fans.) When I travel, I look to connect with locals to learn about the music of their culture. When I arrive a new city, I find places to see a concert if possible. I am always seeking new ways to experience music!
- Localgrapher: 11 New Year’s Travel Resolution That Will Inspire You (2017)