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Saturday, November 22, 2014

21/11/2014 - Igudesman & Joo in Kuala Lumpur

Last night, I was in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) to watch the dynamic duo, Igudesman & Joo, doing what they do best...making people laugh and perform wonderful music at the same time.  They came to Malaysia once before, in 2009, I watched their A Little Nightmare Music at that time.  There was also a night where they performed with Gidon Kremer at that time but I didn't manage to get the ticket for that one.  This was 5 years ago...

I first discovered them through Youtube where I watch their mash up of James Bond theme with Mozart's Symphony No.40.  From there, I watched a whole series of their videos and I love them ever since.  They are individually very talented musicians, and the fact that they can bring laughter through their incredible talent is amazing.  Last night was a memorable one not just because it is Igudesman and Joo...but also because I get to see the fun side from the musicians of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO).  I never knew Simon the oboist can dance like how he did, also seeing Csaba the cellist looking like Gandalf the Grey head banging while playing the cello.  Also, I like the fact that the second violinists are given some spotlight where they stand and dance, they deserve it, the first violin usually always overshadow the second violin.  There is this one song that Aleksey Igudesman played, it is kind of like a concerto, with short cadenza, that has some tango rhythm in it...I don't know what's the name of that piece, but I love it so much.  Wish I can have the recording for that.  Not to forget, the memorable river dance with the MPO musicians were also epic and fun to watch.

After the concert was the signing session.  I really wanted a picture with the guys, but it was so hard to get because the guards won't let me (even though everyone around were taking selfies with them, so unfair!!!!), and they kept pushing us to move faster that I can't even tell them how great they were back there.  So, the signing session was kinda sucks...I know, I understand, they don't want the guys to be there too long, they need to rest for another show the next day (which is tonight).  But still...it's not like we can meet them anytime we want...just let us have some memories with them :(  But, good thing comes to those who wait, LOL, so I waited.  First I saw some UCSI friends wanted to take picture with him, so I asked them if I can join and then Ayeshah and I just straightaway jumped in.  LOL, we kinda created a scene there coz things got a bit loud at that moment.  Not a bad kind of scene, a funny one.  Hahaha.  Then, Ayeshah and I waited even more, and in the end we managed to get a proper one with the two guys.  Well, what can I say, musicians are crazy...and I am one of them.  LOL.

To sum up this post, I had a great time watching Igudesman & Joo - Big Nightmare Music.  I am glad I get to watch them the second time.  I hope I will get to watch them for the third time somewhere in the future.  Regardless in which part of the world I might be at that time.  A message to Aleksey and Hyung-Ki: don't stop bringing joy to other people through the wonderful music that you guys created.  You bring joy through classical music, that maybe one day, more people can see the beauty of classical music and will be able to appreciate it.  Thank you :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

From my previous post, where I wrote a review about Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, now I write about The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay Part 1.  Yes, I watched two movies back-to-back, because YOLO.  Hahaha.  I don't really like using the word "YOLO" (if it's a word), but if feels appropriate to use at that time.  Anyway...Mockingjay Part 1.  Honestly, this is the first movie from the Hunger Games that I watched in the cinema.  The first one I watched when it was out on TV, the second one I watched when I was travelling and it was among the in-flight movies.  I just thought...why not watch the last two in the cinema, it's not that bad.  It really is not that bad.  It was kinda epic, for a part 1.  Of course, when the movie ended I wanted to scream because now I need to wait for another year for the part 2 (the torture!).  Even though this is a book, and I can pretty much read the book to know the ending, but at the same time...I don't want to know the ending without watching the movie first.  But I'm not sure if I can wait that long....but I don't want to know the ending!  My goodness, the conflict.  Anyway, the movie was great.  I can't compare it to the book coz I haven't read it yet.  As a movie, I think it has a good delivery, the story develops quite nicely, it has a nice flow from the previous two movies.  The characters develop rather nicely too, and I like some of the plot twist that occurred.  Towards the end I was holding my breath quite a lot because (a) too much suspense, and (b) someone took of their shoes and I smell stinky feet for the last one hour or so.  If you have been following the first two movies, then you will definitely need to make a time for this.  It is a good "part 1" of a movie.  If you haven't watch the first two, I think you will still enjoy it, but I'm not sure how much you can understand or relate to it.  Again, since I don't want to give out any spoiler, I practically can't write too deep in to the movie.  You just have to watch it and decide for yourself :)  If I am to rate this movie from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this movie 7/10.  Go and watch it people!

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