SSINGSSING

"One of top discoveries from globalFEST 2017" - 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 -

Authentic Korean traditional vocals with rock band music, combined with an extravagant visual style and stage manners.

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.  

Performers: Hee-moon Lee (lead vocal), Da-hye Choo (vocal), Seung-tae Shin (vocal), Young-gyu Jang (Music Director/bass guitar), Tae-won Lee (electric guitar/keyboard), and Chul-hee Lee (drums).

"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 to back to the sensibilities of my youth, when I liked Madonna, helps. Isn’t Madonna is the mother of all sexual minorities, embracing all genders? [Laughter] My teacher, master pansori singer Lee Chun-hee (designated holder of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 57) saw the show and joked that he thought Leslie Cheung of Farewell My Concubine(1993) had come back to life." 

- Hee-moon Lee (Korean traditional song vocalist and collector of platform) -