It has been said that music is a universal language. That means no matter where in the world you live or what language you speak, you can understand music. This philosophy has led to fields like Music Therapy, which seeks to improve mental and physical through playing instruments. The power of song is one of the greatest forces humans have, and can unite us unlike anything else. We all come from different backgrounds, but when Adele’s “Hello” comes on the radio, you know we will all sing it together.
Jun-Hyuk Choi is a contrabass player from South Korea. He has toured throughout the world, amazing audiences with his classical music ability. Choi usually plays a four-stringed bass in front of audiences in formal attire, but this performance was very different. At a stop in Florence, Italy, Choi noticed a group of street musicians with some serious talent. Instead of just walking past, he decided to stop and create a moment that those watching would never forget.
Choi asked the street performers if he could borrow the string bass, then proceeded to blow everyone’s mind with his amazing talent. The classical talent of Choi combined with the natural ability of the street performers created a wonderful and unique sound. They played the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves,” which is how they were able to be on the same page and play together. Even though they couldn’t directly communicate, their shared musical language allowed them to create something beautiful.
H/T: DaJeong Kim