By now, we’ve become so accustomed to spelling Kollaboration with a, well, “K,” that any other way looks wrong (see: above title). But in the interest of maintaining our knack for spelling, grammar, and all things bookish, we’re trying to transition back into normal spelling standards.
And what better way to do that than by featuring a few of the awesome collaborations that have come out of Kollaboration in recent years, and with a reminder that in addition to the $1,000 prize that awaits the winner of Saturday’s Kollaboration New York 8 is a chance to open for fellow Kollab alum (and YouTube sensation) Clara C at her show on Saturday, Oct. 12?
That’s no small win! Read on for some awesome throwback (and current!) collaborations between some of Kollaboration’s family of finalists (and speaking of collaboration, check out the video ad above from our media partners at Myx TV!).
…as though these charming faces (noMusic + one half of the Super Piano Brothers) aren’t reason enough, we’ve compiled a few other reasons why YOU should come out to Kollaboration New York’s showcase this Saturday, Sept. 28 at NYU’s Skirball Center at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.).
And don’t forget, tickets are on sale NOW here: kollaborationnewyork.org/tickets. Get ‘em while they’re hot (and still available!). They say to live life without regrets, and you would pretty much, very definitely, regret not snapping up a ticket today. Yep.
And without further ado:
1. You’re on the fence about that Saturday night date with the OKCupid potential you’ve been messaging back and forth with for the past few weeks. He/she seems pretty normal (he/she likes Breaking Bad – how, er, bad could they be?), and you’ve got a great vibe goin’. But every one of his/her photos slightly obscures his/her face, leading you to believe that maybe, just maybe, there’s something he/she is hiding. So you invite them to the Kollaboration New York show on Saturday so that, worst case scenario, you can mix and mingle with other singles. Can I get an “Oh hail yes” and a fist bump? Anyone?
Even though we’ve been touting our fantastic Kollaboration New York finalists in recent weeks, we wanted to take this opportunity to also showcase some of our own very talented staff members as well. And who better to feature than Donna Yee, this year’s Design Associate?
The Newton, MA native is not only skilled in graphic design and all things on the Interwebs (she’s a web applications developer at Next Jump), she’s also an amazing singer as well, having taken part in her high school choir.
When she headed off to college, however, her circles only expanded.
“In high school, it always felt like I had two friend groups — people who I did choir with, who were mostly my non-Asian friends, and then my Asian friends. There was no overlap,” she said. “But I think the lines blurred when I got past high school — it was just the circumstances.”
Read on to learn more about Donna’s multi-lingual skills, which musical group first got her hooked into Kollab, and where she wants to see the org at the end of it all.
Sometimes it’s hard to put emotions into words — but words in a song? Austin Luu knows a little something about that. Check out our last Kollaboration New York finalist’s original song, “Colorblind,” above. Nothing like some soothing vocals and good tunes to make even this dreary Monday a good one, right?
To get a little more of Austin’s awesome music, be sure to head out to our September showcase, on Saturday, Sept. 28 at NYU’s Skirball Center.
And to learn more about all of our finalists and make sure you have the most up-to-date info on all of Kollaboration New York’s events and happenings throughout the summer, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and roll with us on Tumblr.
With Kollaboration New York’s 8th annual showcase coming up soon (snag your tickets here!), we’ve been busy talking and talking and talking about our amazing finalists, but in all that chatter, we want to make sure we don’t forget someone else super important: YOU.
At the end of the day, Kollaboration is all about Empowerment Through Entertainment, and that starts with you, your friends, and the entirety of the Asian American creative community. That being said, we want to introduce to you our new campaign, #IAMKNY, which will let YOU share your special talent or skill with the world. How? Read on!