Music & Sound
Posted on August 29, 2016 by Toothpicker
Do Londoners ever get tired of 'immersive' shows? There are immersive theatres, exhibitions, cinemas and installations... the list goes on. If you are bored of the traditional forms of entertainment, then these multi-sensory performances are likely to stimulate your senses in every possible way.
Last week, I attended an immersive concert performed by [...]
Posted on July 5, 2016 by Toothpicker
Amidst the Brexit storm, a Japanese company of 25 performers brought chaos and frenzy to the Pit at the Barbican; nonetheless it was still more predictable and endurable than the political turmoil that was unfolding during the week.
Part of LIFT Festival 2016, the sold out 45-minute show Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker pays [...]
Posted on July 25, 2015 by Toothpicker
Although I have heard a lot about the biannual Hyper Japan festival, a celebration of the Japanese culture, music, food and entertainment, I have never visited this event before. This year, after spending one year learning Japanese, I made friends with a group of people who are interested in the Japanese culture [...]
Posted on October 24, 2014 by Toothpicker
I have always had a fascination with the Sahara. I think what appeals to me is its mystery, beauty, danger, scale, harshness, unpredictability and 'nothingness'. In my early 20s, I read Paul Bowles' novels, listened to his music and embarked on an adventure with a companion to the Sahara via Morocco. It [...]
Posted on October 18, 2014 by Toothpicker
Recently I have been contemplating sounds and silence a lot.
My relationship with the sounds and silence changed when I started practising meditation; and as a consequence, my senses have been heightened significantly. Yet I had to go through a transitional period initially because I was overwhelmed by my increased sensory sensitivity. I [...]
Posted on September 21, 2014 by Toothpicker
Deloitte Ignite 14 at the Royal Opera House
I have attended the Royal Opera House's annual contemporary arts festival Deloitte Ignite for a few years now, and I think it's a highly successful event that reflects the company's ability to constantly evolve itself.
This year, the co-curator is Minn Moore Ede from the National [...]
Posted on February 17, 2014 by Toothpicker
Street artists performing in Granada
Flamenco is originated from the Romani people ( also known as Gitanos) living in Andalusia centuries ago, with influences from the Moors, the Jews, and the Mozarabic. Many foreigners do not realise that the essence of flamenco is not the dance itself, but rather the cante (song), one [...]
Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker
When I was a teenager, I became obsessed with everything 'French' because of their immaculate taste in art, fashion, design, culinary and cinema. I indulged in French cinema ( esp. Eric Rohmer ) and even spent 7 months living in Paris trying to improve my English-accented French learned from school here. During [...]
Posted on July 14, 2013 by Toothpicker
I missed Barbican's Rain room installation earlier in the year because there were always long queues outside ( 12 hours was the record!) and I lack the patience for queuing... Luckily, the new outdoor installation supported by Barbican is most accessible, and it is perfect for this hot July!
Dalston House is an [...]
Posted on June 16, 2013 by Toothpicker
I rarely write about music on this blog but in fact, music has always been essential in my life. I don't buy many CDs now ( like everyone else, I have switched to downloading online) because I am running out of space for them; having bought over 700 ( a rough estimation) [...]
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