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AYMC @ Singapore August 28, 2007

Posted by TSAI HONG-BIN in Diary.
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Welcome to Singapore!

踏出樟宜機場的海關時,不知怎地腦海裡突然跑出 Pirates of the Caribbean 3 的發哥 嘯風

此行是心如第一次出國比賽,興奮中帶著緊張,就算不是去 Neue Stimme 和全球歌手較量,也是要和來自亞洲區各國(尤其是大陸)的選手切磋。心裡矛盾的覺得:應該是來觀摩的,卻又想著:比賽就是要得獎。誰知這樣的心情還沒來的及昇華為演唱的動力,就被一連串的惡事搞的疑惑、失望、擔憂。

與其說這次比賽辦的很爛,不如說根本是場失控的鬧劇。

主辦單位是「羅馬音樂機構」,但一場涉及數百名選手及數十位評審的比賽,現場竟只來了一位譚先生在負責,而且是比賽當天才出現。

比賽流程缺乏事先的規畫,選手、親友的身份難辨、動線不明,只知道比賽會場在 Suntec City 的 convention & exhibition hall,也不知道是哪一樓的哪一間。比賽沒有準確的時間表,隨口問一個比賽開始的時間,竟然得到落差 45 分鐘的答案。場地沒有更衣室,沒有琴房,沒有畫分選手和親友分開的休息區,所有的選手共用一台鋼琴暖身。譚先生說:一個人三分鐘,大家排隊練習。見鬼的是,從沒看到有人排隊,只看到一大批一大批大陸人包圍鋼琴,就是他們輪流練直到比賽開始,永遠輪不到別人。不知道該說是無政府,還是沒教養。

比賽現場是一個小小的會議室,搭一個小台子。然而會場的進出沒有身份控管,任何人可以在任何時間闖進或離開比賽會場,包括評審。換言之,選手唱的再賣力再優秀,評審可以上個廁所、抽根煙、或許去喝杯啤酒再回來,啥都沒聽到一樣可以打分數。觀眾席有真心聽音樂的,也有一比完就吱吱喳喳聊個不停的大陸選手,就在我眼前很自然的聊開了,還擺 pose 互相拍照。台上是沒別的選手了嗎?真見鬼了,穿的黑漆漆的「主辦單位」不知道懂不懂什麼叫做「公權力」?該管的秩序不會管,只懂算時間敲鐘趕選手下台。喔…說不定那些人也是大陸來的,「公權力」沒聽過,「特權」倒是學的很快。

聲樂比賽曲目的決定到底是誰要把關呢?不想講太明白,熱愛祖國是無所謂啦,不過放著比賽規定的「一首 aria」不管而自顧自的唱,是想比還不想比?誰管妳祖國的花開的多漂亮,先幫幫大家搞清楚這是選自哪齣歌劇來的「詠嘆調」吧。

當地承辦旅遊的 Siam Express 也是一絕,行程考慮未盡周詳,接送作業和下榻飯店沒有核對名單,旅遊行程臨時公告;餐券發的不完全,有人拿到有人沒有,善後又做的很差,竟然按手上的餐券數目來折算退還金額,意思是我可以去撿人家不要的餐券來賺錢嗎?再加上很多大陸來的選手(或是親友)態度惡劣、咆哮插隊、謾罵使喚現場的工作人員,氣勢囂張旁若無人,整個場面只能用「混亂」來形容。若非文化大學的陳院長,王祕書和若干台灣選手看到這個狀況後,自願義務處理相關事務,這場比賽的句點看來很難畫。

不是我故意點名大陸同胞,只是在新加坡的比賽現場,我們就眼睜睜的看亂象發生。而且在後續旅遊的行程中,還處處見證大陸人的「氣勢」,雖說「子不嫌母醜」,但屢屢以文化深遠、地大物博和人口眾多自居的泱泱大國,其國民的素質,尤其是有能力送小孩修習音樂的人,竟能淪落至此,實在讓人唏噓。

除此之外,整個新加坡行還滿有趣的,容後詳述。

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CONGRATULATIONS!! August 20, 2007

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Hsin-Ju won the 2nd place in the 6th AYMC.

It is a great pleasure and honor to receive the appreciation from referees. My lovely girl did an excellent job but she doesn’t want to show off. Instead, I just can’t wait to tell people how great she is. 😉

Couple of months ago, she registered for AYMC (Asia Youth Music Contest) and passed the 1st and 2nd round in Taiwan. Final is held in Singapore and a free round-trip flight ticket is issued to each of the contestants. The procedure of the contest is chaotic and messy. Unfortunately and regretfully, there is no room for contestants to warm-up before heading to a small … “room with a piano”? The place where musicians play in front of referees is nothing like a recital room. No acoustic effect interior, no formal stage but a temp., fabricated platform. Several seats are lined up in back of this room for audience. This is totally beyond my imagination. But considering this is a music contest for many different instruments, a room like this is acceptable. However, there’s still a disaster: no any control at entrance and exit. In other words, people, anyone, can rush in and out at anytime, and yes, even when someone is still at play. And even worse, the audience don’t really respect to musicians on the stage.

Hsin-Ju was nervous, this is the very first time she competed with singers from different countries on an international stage. Especially contestants sang before her have great voice and volume. (and they are definitely from PRC, because I can tell their tone) But she overcame her anxiety and put beautiful sounds on those piano high tunes, which she worried a lot in advance. Though due to the time limit, she can’t finish her songs (in fact, only 2 measures left …). The referees still appreciated her voice, integrity and quality of the music and gave her a good evaluation.

I’m so proud of her. (dazzling…) * v *