The Center For The Arts Presents SsingSsing
Sunday, March 4th 8:00 PM Main Stage Theatre
“…one of my most memorable Tiny Desk Concerts of all time.” – Bob Boilen, NPR
“SsingSsing, from Korea, drew its songs and vocal style from Korean folk tradition, but transmogrified them by way of glam-rock, disco and psychedelia: an irreverent but intriguing hybrid.” – The New York Times
“What I saw was killer!” – Bill Bragin, co-founder of globalFEST
What do you get when you mix authentic, traditional Korean vocals with rock band flare, then add in some extravagant visuals and a transfixing stage presence? You get SsingSsing, Korea’s top rock/folk fusion act. Formed when six musicians from diverse genres aligned creative forces, this eccentric band welds two totally disparate elements: rock band bravado and deep-rooted Korean folk. SsingSsing skillfully blends these styles and presents them in a contemporary and accessible context with components of ballads, pop, and spiritual rituals.
Called “an irreverent but intriguing hybrid” by The New York Times, and “One of top discoveries from globalFEST 2017” by NPR, SsingSsing creates a distinctive musical atmosphere as they incorporate Korean traditional composition, such as GyeonggiSori (folk songs from central province around Seoul), SeodoSori (folk songs from northwestern provinces in North Korea), and Seoul Gut (shamanistic ritual from Seoul) in their highly nuanced and entertaining work.
Hee-moon Lee- Lead Vocal
Da-hye Choo – Vocals
Seung-tae Shin – Vocals
Young-gyu Jang – Music Director / Bass Guitar
Tae-won Lee – Electric Guitar / Keyboard
Chul-hee Lee – Drums