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Sept. 21, 2017 | Bob Boilen -- One look at (and listen to) the cross-dressing, Asian rock band SsingSsing and you would hardly think they're singing music inspired by traditional Korean folk. But SsingSsing isn't like any other band I've ever seen or heard.

The group sings a regional folk style called minyo and the gender bending look has to do with shamans not glamour. As singer Hee-moon Lee describes it, "In Korean traditional art, male shamans, called baksu, have the body of a male. But as mediums, they need more than a single sexual identity, because they're channeling both male and female spirits. When I act a female character and sing, I have to overcome the fact of my being a male sorikkun (singer), and try my utmost to bring a more neutral, unisex feeling to the performance. It sounds silly, but I feel like going back to the sensibilities of my youth, when I liked Madonna, helps."

The understated music, the small dramatic gestures and the costumes all combine for one of my most memorable Tiny Desk Concerts of all time.

Set List

"Minyo Medley" "Nanbongga (Song of Beloveds)" "Saseol Nanbongga (Narrative Song of Beloveds)"

MUSICIANS

Hee-moon Lee (vocal), Da-hye Choo (vocal), Seung-tae Shin (vocal), Young-gyu Jang (bass guitar), Tae-won Lee (electric guitar), and Chul-hee Lee (drums)

CREDITS

Producers: Bob Boilen, Bronson Arcuri, Morgan Noelle Smith; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Beck Harlan, Kara Frame, Bronson Arcuri; Production Assistant: CJ Riculan; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts - Video

This video will show you what I have done during my time in Arts Letters & Numbers in upstate NY for last two months. I made a sequencial drawing inspired by Wagner's opera, 'Tristan und Isolde - Prelude' with twenty four scenes on a twenty meters long paper. This drawing-opera (I would call) played with a 'drawing-projector' which I designed. It was premiered at the barn of Arts Letters & Numbers in NY last Wednesday.

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Title: Tristan und Isolde, Drawing Opera Medium: Ink on paper (performed with a drawing projector) Size of drawing: 2000 x 40 cm Music: Tristan und Isolde - Prelude, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Sep 27, 2017 at The barn, Arts Letters & Numbers, NY

I was born in 1980 in Seoul. I majored in Korean art at the College of Fine Arts, which is about learning traditional painting techniques and art history in East-Asia. I was always interested in how to harmonize East Asian art and modern life I live in.

As an answer, my conclusion was to focus on me who is living in this age. So I decided to draw my feelings, my thoughts, and the things that I was worried about. I wanted to talk about ‘emotions’ that anyone could feel. It is a beginning of the series of ‘moonassi drawing' that started in 2008.

‘Moonaa' is my artist name. I wanted to be ‘無 Moo(which means nothing or empty) - 나 Na(which means ego or the conscious "I")’ as an empty ego that can contain anything anyone’s mind. The characters in my drawing is an actor who plays me and your story with a gentle gesture. I depict my inner conflicts, toughts, and various emotions I can feel in relationship. Moonassi drawing series is my lifetime project.

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3D Game Animation Reel 2017 : Seungjin Yoo

Production program : 3DS Max 2016

Year of Production : 2017. 01 ~ 2017. 09

Number of tasks : Company Work







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