words can’t describe how awesome this is. such talent!!!
Hahn-Bin, who uses only his first name, said that defying genres in this manner is an intrinsic part of his personality. “I have never identified as Asian or American, boy or girl, classical or pop.” “What I choose to wear or how I choose to express myself visually is equally important as the music itself.” “Fashion teaches spiritual lessons. It has taught me who I am and showed me what I didn’t know about myself.” Hahn-Bin said that his use of fashion is part of an attempt to make classical music relevant to a younger generation, a modern day Naomi Claus one would say.
For his 2010-2011 concert season Hahn-Bin introduced The Renaissance of Classical Music, an umbrella title for his performance projects which aim to bring classical music to a new generation. Thus far The Renaissance has included Soliloquy for Andy Warhol; his first solo performance series at The Museum of Modern Art, The Five Poisons; the recital project inspired by Tibetan Buddhism at Rubin Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Morgan Library and Museum and Konzerthaus Berlin, and Still Life; the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s new violin concerto, written and commissioned for Hahn-Bin by New York Youth Symphony, a performance which marked Hahn-Bin’s mainstage debut at Carnegie Hall.
There is nothing I don’t love about Ben Folds, even when he does music by that transphobic jerk Ke$ha. PS the song he did is not a transphobic one, because he would never do that, because he’s Ben Folds, aka awesomely socially conscious by default. He did a cover of Bitches Ain’t Shit a couple years ago and when I downloaded it I was like “…what’s this, Ben Folds?” cause I don’t know anything about pop culture, and therefore had never heard of the original song (& still haven’t). But when Ben Folds sings it, he turns it into a super feminist in your face piece cause he’s amazing like that… kinda like Richard Cheese… but better because it’s Ben Folds. I love you forever, Ben Folds, in a borderline creepy way…
Silent disco has become a common name for a disco where people dance to music listened to on headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via an FM transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participators. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. Often two DJs compete for listeners. (via Crosby)