AAJA is pleased to announce that NY1 is the presenting sponsors for the AAJA National Convention Opening Reception, to be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the New York Hilton Midtown.
The Opening Reception will feature performances by Kollaboration New York. Kollaboration New York is a non-profit organization that aims to improve and progress the Asian American entertainment and performing arts community.
What started out as an annual show in Koreatown LA over 12 years ago is now reaching thousands across the globe, giving stage to rising artists such as Far East Movement, Kaba Modern, Dumbfoundead, Clara C etc. Throughout the year, Kollaboration provides exposure to its performers in local events and promotes a positive image of Asian American artists. The group’s primary mission is empowerment through entertainment. AAJA is proud to feature Kollaboration at our 23rd Annual National Convention. For more information, please visit kollaborationnewyork.org.
The Kollab NY premier show is slated for Saturday, September 28 at Skirball Center. Tickets will go on sale beginning August 29, 2013.
The Opening Reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the first night of convention, Wednesday, August 21st. The location for this event is at the Hilton New York Midtown in Sutter Center and South. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Register for convention now. Admittance to the Opening Reception is complimentary with your registration.
Meet Kollab NY – your performers for the Opening Reception at 6 PM on August 21, 2013.
Bohan Phoenix was born in 1992 in a small town of Hubei, China. His father was out of his life before his birth and so his mother was forced to leave him under the care of his grandparents while she was working in the cities. In 2000 his mother found a job in the States and so in 2003 Bohan moved to Boston to live with his mother and his soon to be step-father Paul – who is anything but Chinese – a 53 year old Swedish man who spent his life without a family, traveling the country.
Learning English and making new friends were definitely challenging tasks for Bohan, and in 2004 after receiving the news of the death of his beloved grandmother, Bohan wanted nothing but to return home to China and live with his grandfather and the rest of his family. But in 2005 everything would change, as he watched in
amazement as Eminem share his own stories through the Oscar winning “8 Mile”. Transfixed by the music and its ability to narrate life through lyrics, Bohan was determined to have his stories be heard by the world, determined to provide a fulfilling life for his family, and soon before he was even able to write a well thought out essay for school, Bohan found himself in the process of memorizing dictionaries and rapping full rap songs in front of his bedroom mirror, water bottle in hand as if it was a microphone.
To pursue his dreams further, Bohan applied and got accepted into NYU in 2010 and thus was able to move to the city where Hip Hop originated. Since then he has released two self-recorded mixtapes including 44 songs, performed all over New York City, at venues like the legendary Apollo Theatre of Harlem, the ING New York City Marathon and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
With dreams of eventually taking his music back to China and show that besides business exchanges, China and the U.S indeed have a lot to exchange in terms of their cultures, Bohan is rapping in Chinese as well as English on his latest project – Bohan Phoenix – X Years [Ten Years] – due out summer of 2013, briefly summing up his experiences of living ten years in China, and ten years in the States. With more music on the way and much more to learn and grow, Bohan Phoenix is definitely one artist that is worthy of following, living by his idea of “lovelove”, that is not love repeated, but to actually love, love. Because if you don’t love the act of loving and being compassionate, loving yourself and loving anyone else becomes a burden. Hoping to change the world one rhyme at a time, Bohan Phoenix will not be stopped.
Adinah Lagud is a Filipino/Mexican singer, songwriter, and musician currently residing in New York City. A southern girl at heart, Adinah moved from Jacksonville, Florida to New York in 2010 to pursue her love of music and also to attain a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. From the moment she was born, Adinah’s family exposed her to a vast array of music spanning from Jazz, salsa, hip hop, line-dancing, to rock. She began singing publicly in church choir when she was 4 years old and quickly fell in love with performing. At 14, and while attending a performing arts high school, Adinah began writing songs to deal with the daily joys and trials in her life. For hours after school, she’d write in a striped journal and teach herself chords and scales on the keyboard. By 16, she was performing at shows in Florida universities and writing demos for other local artists. During her freshmen year of college in New York however, Adinah took a step back from music to focus on school. She soon realized that something was missing. Her passion for her music was too great, so in the summer of 2012 Adinah decided to start writing and singing again. She decided never to look back.
Adinah’s music is strongly influenced by Jazz greats like Sarah Vaughn and other artists like Ezperanza Spalding, Adele, and Amy Winehouse. Like these amazing female artists, Adinah has always strived not only to make a song sound good, but to make her audiences feel the music. To her, the greatest gift of music is its ability to illicit an emotional response from its listeners. That’s what she strives to accomplish every time she hits the stage.
PS: When Adinah isn’t making music you can catch her watching a Lakers game, trying out a new restaurant in NYC, admiring Jennifer Lopez’s beauty, or planning events for the Filipino community.
Bio/Motto: “Chase after you dreams, no matter how outlandish they may seem.”
Justin Joo is definitely a dreamer (Cue “Imagine” by Paul McCartney). Born of South Korean decent, Justin is a 21-yearold college student pursuing an accounting degree at Rutgers Business School (typical), but that’s just one side of him. On the other side, you have a 21-year-young, high energy, out-going kid; kind of like “Calvin” from the famous “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strips, always engaging in mischievous but fun activities. Attracted to urban culture, Justin grew up listening to artist like Craig David, Musiq Soulchild, and Usher. Later realizing his true passion for RnB music, he explored deeper and started to get inspired by older artists such as Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, and Tyrese. Though he has been singing his entire life, Justin only started taking music seriously this past year. After starting his YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/justinjoomusic), Justin became a finalist in Rutgers University’s ABC Singing Competition, which was his very first stage performance ever. Consequently, Kollaboration New York will only be Justin’s second stage performance. As a young and growing singer/performer, Justin hopes to achieve his dreams by inspiring his listeners and sharing his love for music.
PowerPuff Boys Once upon a time, 3 friends were travelling on the dangerous streets of NYC when suddenly a man came running past them. Soon after, a fellow senior citizen yelled for help, for his belongings were stolen by this man. The 3 friends looked at each other and knew exactly what they needed to do. They immediately chased after this man, however, 2 of them were extremely slow and out of shape, therefore, only one of them caught up to the robber. After a few deadly exchange of shots between the man and the 3 friends, they were able to return the man’s belongings and chase the robber away. After saving the day, they decided to name themselves the “PowerPuff Boys”. From thereon, they formed their dance crew and remained with that PowerPuffable name.
Sugar, Spice, and everything nice, the PowerPuff Boys consist of 4 male dancers named Charles Espinoza, Norbert Reyes, Anthony King, and Jason Lai. For certain performances, they include an additional dancer named Jan Wesley Hortillas as a tricker and a visionary. This group started only a year ago, as these dancers left their own dance companies to form one small, yet PowerPuffable crew. Since then, they have been performing at many shows around NJ and NY. PowerPuff Boys simply aim to please women with their seductive choreography and that’s all. Puff Puff and Away!