I’m not a big fan of the television, unless it helps me to distract the girls for a bit. Some shows I do actually like, I just forget when they’re on. Not gonna happen this time. I am counting the days until April 26th. That’s when the American version of my favorite Dutch show premieres on NBC: “The Voice“. Another talent show… But this time it’s different. Really!
It’s a vocal competition featuring four musician coaches, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. The first stage of the show is called the blind auditions, where the coaches are turned with their backs to the contestant. If they want “the voice” on their team, they hit the button to turn around. If more than one coach turns around, the power shifts to the contestant, who will then get to choose which coach they want to work with throughout the competition. The second stage in the competition is called the battle, where each coach has the members of his team battle each other. Only four per team remain and will compete with each other during the final stage, the live shows.
Unlike American Idol and other talent shows, these contestants are not new to the industry. Most have been performing for a while, play instruments, and write their own songs. Together with their coach, the contestants pick the songs to perform on the show that suit them best. To make it to the top, the coaches help them grow by providing feedback. For some it may be a singing or dancing coach, for others a makeover.
Enjoy the show!
Maybe we should be more grateful for the Tiger Moms in this world. Big chance one of them raised this kid. Meet Hahn-Bin, 22 years old, violin player.
“I’m Viagra to classical music and Aspirin to pop culture”, he said on Twitter, which is, on his website, translated to: “This dynamic violin virtuoso embodies the renaissance of classical music, fusing his highly evocative repertoire with pop performance act in the extraordinary, intelligent, and beautiful performances of his inspired, innovative and bracing programs.”
His stages aren’t like those of the typical classical artists either; he performed at The Standard Hotel for V Magazine, at the Louis Vuitton store for Fashion’s Night Out, at the MoMA in conjunction with the Andy Warhol exhibit, and he performed ‘The Five Poisons’ at the Hammer Museum.
If you have seven minutes, do watch this video. Not only will you hear the most beautiful violin music, he’ll also tell you about himself, his music, and his style.
Have a happy Sunday everyone!
Last night, we went to see Nicholas Payton Big Band at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. We both love jazz. Did you know jazz is the reason we’re together? Yes, it is… We actually met at North Sea Jazz, the biggest jazz fest in the world.
Anyways, it was a perfect night out, with amazing solos and delicious food. Also, I was surprised to see so many women in his band. Isn’t it cool to see a girl rock the sax? I would love for our girls to play the saxophone, just like their daddy. So, inspired by last night, I just called Jazz at Lincoln Center to sign Mia up for their jazz class for kids, Webop. Maybe she’ll be the next Candy Dulfer…