*Update: links to the full episodes available on Toggle HERE*
Edited a few short videos of my scenes in the City Buskers: Ode To Asia series to share with everyone. Travelling and playing music to strangers from 8 different cities in Asia; that was one helluva experience which I would never forget.
This is the debut episode where we travelled from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to start our 1st busking plus song writing experience on the road. Thank you so much Mr Zainudin for the crashcourse on the rebana and the awesome jam!
I met Art in the 2nd ep of the series in Bangkok, he is someone I’ll never forget. Art and I both believe in sharing our joy through music. “If you want your audiences to be happy, you need to be happy yourself.” To have an 11 yr-old speak truth which resonates so deeply within me, that was such a beautiful experience. I am forever that kid too.
Another person who blew my mind in Bangkok is Ton, who plays the Ponglang (a traditional Thai instrument much like a marimba x xylophone but vertical) which you see near the end of the clip. He is an absolute gem of a musician, I relished every moment playing together. Do check out his fusion band Asia 7 on facebook @asiasevenband!
Ho Chi Minh
I did the craziest thing in Ho Chi Minh and I’m still thrilled I did that. There was a sequence which I was supposed to take out my cajon at the busy Ben Thanh Market and play a solo – right in the middle of the it! Non of the shop keepers were told and you can see their shocked faces.
I was really nervous about the sequence but the production team supported me with so much faith and confidence. I had nothing to worry about. The people of Ho Chi Minh are incredibly loving – not only did I forget my nervousness, there came this sense of joy that took over as they completely welcomed me with open arms! The whole solo was improvised on the spot according to audience interaction and they responded so warmly.
Thank you so much everyone at Ben Thanh market that fateful day, I will never forget how y’all made me feel; that incredible adrenaline rush and delirious joy. I hope that random drum solo made your day a little brighter.