The Blog

Notes of Jo is a blog that aims to help people to discover the connection between travel, music, and soul-searching at destinations around the world.

Created in a 35m2 apartment in the heart of Shanghai, the blog has been constantly evolving since then. 

While we strive to offer helpful travel information, exploring humanity is our core value. 

Through travelling and experiencing local music around the world, we seek to inspire our audience to travel deeper and to learn different ways of life through arts and humanities.

I value experiences –
Connecting with locals and learning about their beliefs;
Asking about the kind of music they fancy;
Learning about their favourite local cuisines are important components to my travel.

Find traditional music performances in Hanoi, Vietnam and get the insider scoop on where to find cheap & free concerts in NYC

I love researching relative information when it comes music and arts.
I share my discovery of local arts, music, and architecture around the world through writing, videography, and photography.

And to learn different ways of life …
I interview musicians and artists of all genres in the theme of traveling and soul-searching.

Read my interview with musician Adrian Freedman

Who’s Jo?

Hey, I am Joanne, the voice behind Notes of Jo.

Hey, I’m Joanne, the voice behind Notes of Jo. I am originally from Taiwan, and I left home to moved to New York when I was 14 to pursue music studies. After spending 10 years in the states, I acquired a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in classical piano performance from conservatories in NYC.

Currently, I live in the heart of Shanghai and work as a piano teacher.

I’ll be location-free beginning from February 2019!

I love exploring new places by feet or on the two wheels.
I also love food, coffee, fitness, and camping.
Going to exotic beaches and trying out local cuisines,
visiting museums, seeing concerts are some of my favourite things to do.

Let’s work together to make the world a better place!

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 on my own will.
That should tell something, right?

I am a proud ambassador for Backstreet Academy
A peer-to-peer impact travel platform offering on-demand unique travel experiences crafted by local experts in developing countries.

Read my Backstreet stories:

For collaboration inquiries, please visit my media kit page, or send me an e-mail: joannetchen@gmail.com