Inspiration

 
 

inspiration

「人不僅需要勇氣站起來說話,也需要勇氣坐下來傾聽。」

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak ; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

二十一世紀是屬於我們的世紀,而這個世紀著實特別。當古典音樂家們還在嚮往著百年老琴時,智慧型手機、掌上型電腦和人工智慧正在帶來人類史上工具使用的巨大創新,進而完全改變了我們的生活習慣。從最新的新聞到古老的知識都只需要一鍵就可以取得,隨著網路和社群網站帶來的分享爆發,這世界也顯得越來越小。而我對你的生活瞭若指掌:你分享的食物彷彿也是我的所食所見,你分享的旅行照片彷彿我也同行。我們都一起忘記了螢幕後的距離和現實。看著大家在這高效率的社會穿梭,低著頭,我感覺人與人之間的距離卻是非常遙遠。

身為古典音樂家,現今國際音樂圈也開始在探討“現場”音樂會的流失。曾經在沒有錄影錄音的年代,每一場演出都無法回播,音樂家們無所畏懼或顧忌的用演出,展現出最忠於自己的詮釋。場場也許不盡完美的演出成為了只屬於當下觀眾和演出者一生一次的經驗。現在的古典音樂卻和年輕一代觀眾漸行漸遠。

在大量機會和選擇的出現後,每個人都更加慎選著自己每天24小時內每一分鐘要做的事情,少數人願意挑戰自己,但大多數的人還是喜歡在自己的舒適圈裡,我也不例外,發覺自己依賴著台上台下的距離。大眾對於古典音樂的刻版印象,包括難以理解、所價不菲和曠日費時等等,也剛好與現今大家所追求的快速生活格格不入。古典音樂和台灣大眾之間那深深的不理解,感覺像是道透明的隔欄,保護著演出者和觀眾。

讓距離感消失,或是讓古典音樂成為台灣的選擇,並不是件簡單的事,所以今天我只想跟訪者借一分鐘。無論結果如何,也許不會有聖誕奇蹟,但我相信我能夠創造出一分鐘的永恆。

“Music, distance, and one minute of just us” is a project bringing music, visual arts, and architecture together to create an exhibition in Taiwan this December. This project was created because I believe life is about the special moments, and we as musicians have the ability and responsibility to create them. The exhibition is a visual arts show, a multipurpose urban architecture, a mini concert series given by young musicians, and a social experiment.

In the last decade, I watched my old school in Taiwan closed down their music department, I watched young audiences and parents turned away from classical music, and I watched my fellow colleagues chose not to continue their careers in Taiwan. It is tempting for us to blame the loss of audience on the general public, how they never gave classical music a chance. But, when I look around in our music world, I see us turning away and relying on the distance between stage and the auditorium more than anytime in history. We also distant ourselves from the world,  afraid of the possibility that people won’t appreciate the music we poured our hearts and souls into. I started from just wondering what and how did this happen, but I realized I might never understand and that it probably won’t matter, so I decided to do something first and think later. With this exhibition, which is something that has never been done before, it will be able to give both the audience and musicians a chance to step out of our worlds. I understand nowadays we are all very careful about how to spend our time, and even a classical music concert can seem too time-consuming in this fast paced world, but one minute is never considered long. Not only do I want to bring the audience in, I also want to bring the musicians out. The exhibition is shorter than a concerto and more impactful than a street tune, the multimedia part of the exhibition also has many things to offer for the architecture and visual art admirers. It will draw the attention and awareness with stronger appeal to reach a wider audience. It is something that has never been done before and it will deliver to people.

This project won’t change the society values over night, but I aim to create an ABSOLUTELY unforgettable classical music moment in the visitors' lives, and to create conversation to bring Taiwanese musicians and the general public closer. It will be an unique experience for all of us, and it will inspire.