‘Boss’ of music
Some musicians consider themselves pop artists, others might declare that they are alternative.
But 2012 Towson alumnus Timmy Han says his style is unique: bossa nova.
“At the start of my last year at Towson, I began developing a new style of guitar that was inspired by Brazilian music called bossa nova,” he said. “After I graduated and had this new style that was just developing, my style of music has really changed so it has been like a new journey for me,” Han said.
Four years ago, Han was a member of the local band “Burn the Bees” which performed frequently at the Recher Theatre.
Han later quit the band and has since traveled up and down the East Coast performing his music.
Han said he worked over the summer to write and record his new style and began performing it at shows with friends or on his own, accepting almost every offer he found from local performances in Columbia, Md., Washington D.C. and Baltimore and down to Herndon, Va.
“While I was [in Virginia] I made connections [with people] that wanted to play with me. A bassist, a drummer, as well as a bossa nova saxaphonist, so that was really fun and encouraging and flattering as well because they were being so nice to me,” Han said.
Han described bossa nova as old ‘70s Brazilian jazz that was once widely popular in the United States but in recent years has been forgotten.
“There are aspects of this style I like to play that are still really appealing to people of this generation if presented in the right way,” Han said. “And to challenge myself as an artist I try to bring this vintage aesthetic back with my own twist to modernize it. Then I throw it out online to see what kind of response I get.”
Han now works full time doing business marketing and management in Virginia, however, he still finds time to enjoy playing his music each night.
He uses his phone to take videos while practicing his guitar to remind himself of an idea later or to post it online to get feedback from his listeners.
“I totally miss the freedom of having no obligations but music,” Han said. “But I still see myself improving as an artist and I still urge myself to improve, it’s part of my personality.”