(Blog post requested by TyzenHsiao.org )

 

When I think of Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao, the tune of Amazing Grace comes to my mind instantly.  It’s almost as if those two are grouped together in my memory...
 

TYZEN HSIAO AT DISNEY HALL DTLA

Modernism meets Wagner in the grand performance of Der Ring des Nibelungen.  As Placido Domingo writes in his welcome letter, "the stage crew and technicians have managed to accomplish the impossible on a nightly basis," "the orchestra and chorus have never sounded better," (by far, one of my best opera performances I have been to) and "principal singers are amongst the best Wagnerians in the world today..."

MODERNISM MEETS WAGNER

Amazing woodcuts by M.C. Escher, less known than his Circle Limits or Metamorphosis. 

I found these works inspiring and awesomely amazing, wanted to share on a blog post especially that it was impossible to find this whole series on one single site anywhere along with text artist has inscribed on each...

DAYS OF CREATION BY M.C. ESCHER

Korean folk kkwaenggawari instrument dance around rice farms in Korea because its distinctive sound vibrations and rhythm actually kill small pests that harm the harvest.  Some other folk instruments are said to ward off bad spirits.

Even in the movies, power of music or sound being used to ward off spirits or ghosts are often referenced...

MUSIC ON LIVING THINGS