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tv   Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa  NBC  June 25, 2017 5:30am-6:01am PDT

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robert handa: hello, and welcome to a special edition of "asian pacific america." i'm robert handa, your host for our show here on nbc bay area and cozi tv. since we started this program in 2014, we have prided ourselves in spotlighting the artistic and cultural aspects of the asian american and pacific islander communities, a showcase sadly lacking for many of our aspiring performers. today, we want to show some performances, original performances, taped specifically for these special shows. we will start off with tim atlas, a previous contestant on nbc's "the voice," a young man from san jose who shared with us how he overcame struggles in his early family life to be able to pursue his musical dreams. we'll also hear again from maddie b, who has become
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a local youtube star with her singing talent. then we continue with one of the most unique musical groups you will ever see and hear, the firebird youth chinese orchestra, young musicians playing traditional chinese instruments. then anh tran playing the zither. we got a great response from viewers who loved watching this young woman playing this traditional string instrument. and we will wrap up the first in what we hope will be many special shows with a group i've been proud to tout for many years, even though they don't need it much anymore, san jose taiko. now, many of us saw him first on "the voice," but here in the san jose area, tim atlas first began pursuing his dream as a musician and vocalist as a member of his school's marching band, jazz band, and drum line. shortly after his impressive run on "the voice," he came on our show to perform, including one just for our special. then one of our local favorites, maddie b, who also made a big impression on our viewers when she performed
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for us in our old studio. she also recorded a song just for this show. so, here they are, tim atlas followed by maddie b. ♪ ♪ ♪ well, i'd like to find all the reasons ♪ ♪ you left it all behind. ♪ and i want to cry 'cause i'll never be the knot ♪ ♪ that you want to tie.
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♪ 'cause you are the one who makes me weak, ♪ ♪ not just in my knees, but through everything. ♪ ♪ 'cause you are the light in my darkest night. ♪ ♪ would you follow me if i followed you ♪ ♪ at the end of the night? ♪ someday she'll be mine, ♪ just like brokenhearted necklaces combined. ♪
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♪ and love will defy all the reasons, ♪ ♪ all the reasons you left it all behind. ♪ ♪ 'cause you are the one who makes me weak, ♪ ♪ not just in my knees, but through everything. ♪ ♪ 'cause you are the light in my darkest night. ♪ ♪ would you follow me if i followed you? ♪ ♪ and oh, i'll never know ♪ where the heck you want to go. ♪ ♪ and oh, i'll never know if you waltz through that door, ♪
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♪ but i'll stay here. ♪ i'm going to stay here till the end of the night. ♪ ♪ till the end of the night. ♪ till the end of the night. tim atlas: thank you. ♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da. ♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da, ♪
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♪ yeah, yeah, yeah. ♪ i will be the one to show you who i am, ♪ ♪ who i will be. ♪ i have all i need, ♪ you showed me how to love. ♪ ♪ i know that you'll see. ♪ and i, i'll never let you down. ♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da. ♪ ♪ but remember all the times ♪ ♪ when you made me laugh. ♪ i'm serious, you're happy. ♪ ♪ i think about the times when you get so mad, ♪ ♪ i still know you love me. ♪ and i, i'll always be around. ♪
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♪ you, you showed me how to believe in me. ♪ ♪ you showed me that it's possible to live and learn, ♪ ♪ and laugh and cry and love, ♪ ♪ and it's okay. ♪ you give me all the love i need. ♪ ♪ you let me know you're there for me. ♪ ♪ and i can see it's true, who i am is you. ♪ ♪ you helped me with respect, ♪ ♪ and when i'm being wrong, you always tell me. ♪ ♪ you, always on my side. ♪ and after all this time, i still know you will be. ♪ ♪ and now, you're still my best friend. ♪ ♪ you, you showed me how to believe in me. ♪ ♪ you showed me that it's possible to live and learn, ♪
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♪ and laugh and cry and love, ♪ ♪ and it's okay. ♪ you give me all the love i need. ♪ ♪ you let me know you're there for me. ♪ ♪ and i can see it's true. ♪ feel like i could touch the sky. ♪ ♪ like the wind, i'm flying high. ♪ ♪ no one's gonna bring me down, ♪ ♪ no one's taking what i found. ♪ ♪ i got so much more in me, yeah, yeah. ♪ ♪ come on, you, ♪ you showed me how to believe in me. ♪ ♪ you showed me that it's possible to live and learn, ♪ ♪ and laugh and cry and love, ♪ ♪ and it's okay. ♪ you give me all the love i need. ♪ ♪ you let me know you're there for me. ♪ ♪ and anyone can see who i am is you. ♪
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♪ oh yeah, is you. ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da. ♪ ♪ who i am is you. robert: tim atlas and maddie b. be sure to check out their latest projects. now, when we come back, an ensemble from the firebird youth chinese orchestra, so stay with us.
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robert: when we talk about the type of artistic and cultural performances we want to highlight here on "asian pacific america," you can't find a better example than the firebird youth chinese orchestra. this group from cupertino is renowned for its harmonic combination of eastern and western cultures,
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young musicians playing traditional chinese instruments. we were fortunate enough to have a talented ensemble here on our show, and they put together a special performance. we taped it, and we are going to show it here for you today. gordon lee: well, we started 1995, and the founded in 2000. yeah, in the beginning, we only have 20 students, now become about 150. robert: that's really great. young people playing traditional chinese instruments, that's such a unique sound. thank you very much for bringing them here. all right, we have the firebird youth chinese orchestra. thank you. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ robert: such an impressive ensemble. you have to check out the full orchestra if you get the chance. now stay with us, anh tran playing the zither is one of my favorite performances from our past shows. she's coming up next.
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robert: and welcome back. the zither is a unique instrument, and it takes a unique person with talent to play it. the zither is a string instrument that dates back to 433 bc, and yet it was played for us by a very young, talented musician, anh tran, who intentionally or not gave that historic instrument a contemporary sound. i was impressed by the artist and her artistry. here's anh tran on the zither. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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robert: the very talented and charming anh tran. well, coming up to close our show, one of my all-time favorites, the pounding rhythms of san jose taiko are coming up, so stay with us.
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of san jose taiko from its very early years. i did a special report on a group trying to preserve and enrich the traditional form of japanese drums. it didn't take long before the group was getting local, national, and international attention for its ever-evolving music. here's a segment we taped with an ensemble from san jose taiko. franco imperial: hi, my name is franco imperial. i'm artistic director for san jose taiko. we have here meg suzuki and jeff nun, who are also on staff at san jose taiko. we're going to be playing an encore piece that we perform many times when we're in japantown or on theatre in a concert. and we hope you enjoy it. ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ honda: and to get more information on our performers and their events, you can go to nbcbayarea.com. we're also on twitter and facebook, so check us out there. we'd love to hear from you. and you can get more information on all of our guests on nbcbayarea.com and "asian pacific america." watch us every week, and join us again next week. thanks for watching.
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