Hi, hello! It’s me again, like TLC again. My friend and collaborator Sunrise Transparence, who played horns on Perpetual Heartbreak and co-wrote my song “Burn It Down,” created this one-person brass band cover version “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance and I provided the vocals on it. That’s 54 layers of horns all played by Sunrise Transparence and 46 layers of voice by yours truly. Hope you like and share and buy this song!
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
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.
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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What does it mean to be Vietnamese? Former CNN Producer and first-time filmmaker Hieu Gray seeks to answer that question through the lens of food in her debut documentary “Quận 13”. The short film features original music composed by BAO to compliment tantalizing cinematography by David Woo.
Join us Friday, November 1st at Nguoi Viet in Little Saigon, California for a screening of the documentary “Quận 13”. Stay for a discussion with director Hieu Gray (Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Larry King Live), composer BAO, and more, to be moderated by LA Times writer Anh Do.
Friday November 1, 2019 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Nguoi Viet Online
14771 Moran Street
Westminster, CA 92683
There’s a new insane workout video for Outer Night’s synthwave remix of Do the Move! Get your ankle warmers on and get up off of that thing! Oh hey there’s a button below to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Please click it.
BAO’s very first live show was in September at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. We shot some footage and our friend Dave helped put this little video together. Hope you dig it. We’re also starting to book more shows upcoming, so contact us if you’ve got an event for us.
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Ripping guitar solo by Jesse McInturff of the band VVIVES. Bass solo by Timm Shingler of the band Open Grave Surfers. Second mini guitar solo by BAO. Hype AF drum solo by Rogie Lucero from the band Purple Fuzz Machine. Thanks to The Slants for inviting us to share the stage.