Introducing: Coffee with BAO

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Introducing: Coffee with BAO

I’m really excited to launch my new show Coffee with BAO. It’s a series where I have coffee with people in business, music, entertainment, pop culture, and more. We chat about their roots, process, personal and cultural identity, and personal growth. Coffee with BAO is a Youtube video series and an audio podcast available on all major podcast platforms.

Watch Episode 1 featuring Director, producer, and storyteller Hieu Gray:

My first episode features fellow Vietnamese American creative Hieu Gray. Hieu is a director, producer, and storyteller whose Asian American immigrant story starts in Vietnam, makes detours in Indonesia and Hong Kong, and spans a childhood in Georgia. Formerly, Hieu worked for years as an award-winning producer at CNN on shows including Larry King Live and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.

More recently, she’s been an on-camera superstar in her own films, including a short food documentary film “Quan 13,” which she also produced and directed. The film features a soundtrack by BAO and is screening during the month of October 2020 at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Get passes at festival.vcmedia.org

Find Hieu Gray at hieugray.com or find her Instagram @lapetitebelle_eats

Here are links to Coffee with BAO on Youtube and on Podcast platforms.

It takes a lot of time and resources to create this content and your financial support is super-duper appreciated. I don’t even eat, I just survive on the coffee that you buy me!

UPDATED: Perpetual Heartbreak Out Now

You know that totally private rush when you’re like, “Fuck it, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. This is what I want”? 😂 My debut full-length Perpetual Heartbreak is one of the most personal, vulnerable, and experimental recordings I’ve made. It’s a balance of my obsession with tightly edited pop music and my love for things that are subtly unsettling.

Perpetual Heartbreak is officially out now as a Youtube video series, streaming, or download:

Perpetual Heartbreak Credits

Written, arranged, performed, and produced by BAO except as noted below. Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio. Artwork by BAO.

Beautiful Things
Kyle Dombroski – Drums and Percussion
Timm Shingler – Bass Guitar
Evaldo Garcia – Keyboards
Jesse McInturff – Guitars

No Filter
Engineered and co-produced by Davy Pelletier
Davy Pelletier – Synthesizers

Perpetual Heartbreak
Sunrise Transparence – Horns

Union Station
Additional production by Taylor Shechet
Jake Lightning – Guitar Solo

Burn It Down
Written and produced by BAO, Taylor Shechet, and Sunrise Transparence
Sunrise Transparence – Horns

Deep Beneath the Sea
Written and arranged by BAO and Evaldo Garcia
Evaldo Garcia – Piano and Keyboards

Perpetual Thanks To

BAO’s beautiful boy band (Timm Shingler, Chef Evaldo Garcia, Jesse McInturff, Kyle Dombroski, and Rogie Lucero).
The Ming & Ping Dynasty (Ming, Ping, Jamie Locks, Donna Pungprechawat, Helen B. Thompson, Ryan Vasquez).
Taylor Shechet for helping with production, sound design, and strategy.
Elissa R. Sloan for helping with art direction.
Dan, Jenny, and Shayna at Modern Works Music Publishing.
Andrea Vancura, Justin Tsugranes, Khoa Vu, Simon Tam, and Alex Steininger.
My mom, my family, friends, and supporters.
Everyone I’ve seen naked.

Event: APIA Voice

I recently co-hosted and performed for an event called APIA Voice to emphasize the power of the Asian American vote and give people resources to register to vote and complete the 2020 US Census. It featured a ton of talented Asian American performers, actors, tastemakers, and included some guest elected officials.

APIA Voice was organized by The Slants Foundation (where I serve on the board of directors) and ASIA Ohio. Two days after the event, over 6,500 viewers have watched the program and more than 400 people have used our resources to register to vote and complete the 2020 US Census. The lineup featured Darro, Ellisa Sun, Jason Chu, Priska, Othertones, Sueann Shiah, Uprisers, The Slants, Minji Chang, Ed Lin, Ariel Bui, Mandah,as well as guests Representative Judy Chu, Representative Stephanie Howse, Representative Andy Kim, State Senator Tina Maharath, and BAO!

You can still watch a recording of the program at theslants.org/voice

The biggest stat you should learn from APIA Voice is that the AAPI community has the potential to easily swing a quarter of our nation’s Congressional seats! It was an honor to contribute to APIA Voice, especially because I am a first-generation immigrant and I know that the Asian American community needs all the help it can get to mobilize for change. Also, it was important for us to help people get the correct information about the vote and the census.

I’d love to be part of more future events, so hit me up!

New Release: A Little Bottle of Tears (Original Soundtrack)

Several years ago, I scored a soundtrack for Jess Iglehart’s short animated film “A Little Bottle of Tears.” I decided to release it as a soundtrack album so that the music can live on its own. So here we are.

A Little Bottle of Tears | CalArts Showcase 2012 from Jess Idlehart on Vimeo.

The soundtrack is broken up into three parts and, to mirror the aesthetic of the film, it combines old sampled sounds with new digital sounds. Watch it for yourself on Vimeo and check out Jess Iglehart’s latest work on Instagram. 🙂
 

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Thank you!
❤ BAO