My mother will play Schubert’s lieder for me when I was running around the garden to quiet me down, but she’d play it in a very soft volume.
So I would say, please turn up the volume for me, I couldn’t hear Schubert singing.
And she just said, “well honey, you just need to be very quiet and sit down and you can listen and hear Schubert singing.”
So that was a very beautiful moment of me spending with my parents my siblings hot summer nights in Taiwan.
So when I was taking care of her when she was ill, I played the same Schubert’s lieder for her, for the next three weeks we were in hospital together,
and that was the idea, using Schubert’s song as a gift between strangers, instead of between people we know.
When Sonic Blossom is on, the singer will be wearing a costume which is made by those two pieces of Obi.
So, the singer walks very stately and slowly through the gallery to make his or her encounter.
But when she selected the person she might say, may I give you a gift of song and then invite this person back to the chair,
turn around and just sing one of the five Schubert lied that she chooses.
Before the show opens, I will come back for two or three days to work with the selected singers for this project.
And although I’m the originator of the idea, but I don’t have the talent to carry it out.
So, you’re all the demigods who helped me to bring the gift from Schubert to this world. It’s really quite amazingly in a way Schubert is collaborating with us.
This idea that we are this living breathing are piece of art. It’s a new mentality for me.
Most people thought that you were miked or it’s lip-syncing or something. No, you’re not. You’re just doing it live and it’s an incredible gift for most of us really.
It is my task to help them get ready for this work because it’s unusual.
So, I would say to them the first time you do Sonic Blossom, it’s the most difficult.
It gets easier and easier. So, do not give up. You see how you, yourself becomes a part of the work.
So, the tension lies between the singer and the receiver.
Please come with me.
I was just invited to hear the song by this beautiful opera singer.
There was so much tension in the way she looked at me and then my responses to her.
But, what she had coming, what she, you could see by her face, what she was going to bring to the table and it was gorgeous.
Originally, I thought the singer is giving a gift to the receiver.
However very quickly I realized, the gift is returning back to the singer, at that very moment when she or he sang the song.