8 Places, 8 Pieces: A Musical Journey Through Italy

Italy is most likely on the top of every art lover’s travel bucket list. The peninsula gave birth to some of the greatest artists and brilliant minds. Painters, innovators, and writers like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, and Raphael left breathtaking treasures to our world. Yet, we often forget that music also plays a big role…

Adrian Freedman: In Search of Stillness [Musician Interview]

In a warm summer afternoon in Canggu, Bali, I was sitting in a small cafe with my earphones listening to my newest mp3 download – Adrian Freedman’s Shakuhachi album, “As I Breathe.” The music at the cafe was rather loud, but as soon as I hit the play button for “Clarity”, an energy immediately transported me to another time and space. A powerful wave hit me. Slow, yet metamorphic. It was a very peaceful moment in which I had been yearning for a while. At that time, I did not expect Adrian’s answers to my questions would impact me on a personal level.

Music Experience in Cambodia: Learn to Play Khmer Music Instrument From Local Musicians

Searching for unique music experiences while travelling has been a long-term agenda of mine. Learning the traditional music of a country not only helps me to connect with an unfamiliar culture but also transcends my journey into a more private and personal experience. As usual, I was looking for a music experience in Cambodia, and…

Cambodia Vlog: A Khmer Music Experience in Phnom Penh

In December 2017, we travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and had the pleasure to learn how to play Khmer music instrument with local musicians. I was only going to write a post, but throughout the process of creating the blog post, I felt the urge to also make a vlog for this experience. I haven’t done…

The Vietnamese traditional music performance at Temple of Literature

Hanoi, Vietnam – Where Vietnamese Traditional Music Comes Alive

Before I came to Vietnam, I tried to think of what I knew about Vietnamese traditional music, and I realised that I knew absolutely nothing. I could mostly guess that Vietnamese traditional music has a certain level of Chinese influences due to its history, but I didn’t want to assume. That’s just rude (although later…

How to Find Cheap and Free Concerts in NYC: An Insider’s Guide

As a former conservatory student in New York City, I’ve developed several tricks and ideas on how to find cheap and free concerts in NYC over the years. Of course, I’d like to encourage everyone to buy a ticket to go to concerts as a way to support performing arts, but I understand the price is…