Orientalist much?

About Korean American violinist Hahn-Bin:

His eyes darting, not unlike a Balinese dancer, eyes opened in dramatic shock one moment, closed in meditation the next.

A plethora of emotions floated across his young face, from innocence to showing a knowledge transcending time and space.

Frequently, his slow-motion body movements evoked kabuki theater.  Bending over, leaning back, swaying side to side, he played with his entire body.   It is not often that a violin concert is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.  You could not take your gaze away from him …

Before each piece, he steadied himself with a half-minute, Zen-like pause, achieving an inner calm that he then abandoned with wild emotion.

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9 thoughts on “Orientalist much?

  1. Somebody apparently likes to write just to see his/her own words. There’s just no other ways to explain oh-I’m-so-eloquent-and-profound phrases like “knowledge transcending time and space” – seriously, WTF does that even mean?

    And yes, his movement evoked kabuki…. because no other form of theater, dance, or skill in the world has ever involved slow-motion movement. Oh wait, it evoked kabuki because the violinist is Asian! And kabuki is totally Asian too! So see, they go together like cereal and milk! Or maybe like two different kinds of cereal that you can mix together because they’re so similar, like Raisin Bran and All-Bran! Yeah.

  2. Because, you know, when any other soloist pauses in silence before playing, it’s just concentration. But when zie’s Asian it’s ZEN-LIKE MEDITATION!!! Yup.

    The whole description really made me want to vomit.

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