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April 2014

Bora Yoon's Sunken Cathedral at Asia Society: A Sonic Journey Through the Subconscious

by Poppy Galloway


Photo credit: AsiaSociety

Korean-American composer, vocalist, and sound artist Bora Yoon performed to an intimate crowd at the Asia Society on Wednesday evening, in celebration of her exquisite multimedia album Sunken Cathedral.

As the title suggests, the soundscape is an immersive collusion of resonant, spiritual sounds and enchanting soprano on a grand scale. Beautifully complemented by the ethereal kinetic sculptures of Seoul-based artist U-Ram Choe, the space was transformed into a chamber for listening, seeing, and experiencing 13 delicate and inspired compositions.

Whimsical rhythm and ritual was the guiding energy of 잔소리 판소리 (Jansori Pansori), a soundscape performed with acute regard to the space and surroundings of the room. Delicate melodies arose from pieces of found metal and cups, tinkering over the steady repetition of Vong Pak on the Korean buk drum. Actual voicemails left by Yoon's mother played over the enchanting rhythm, and invited the listeners into a deeply personal story that was unfamiliar yet completely organic and relatable.

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Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña Merge Classical and Flamenco at 92Y

by Robert Leeper

Eliot Fisk, Paco Peña

The subtle nuances and harmonies of the classical guitar are often at odds with the fiery melodies, timbres, and rhythms of flamenco guitar. The two genres often keep each other at arms length, with classical players bringing a formality that is shunned by flamenco players who prize improvisation and spontaneity.

For over 20 years, classical guitarist Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña, his flamenco counterpart, have been working towards blurring those lines in programs like the one they brought to 92Y Thursday night.

The evening began with each of the guitarists playing a short solo set. Peña's playing was vibrant, lavishing detailed texture and a full complement of strumming techniques into an impassioned fandango and a stately lament, played as a tribute to his good friend and fellow flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who unfortunately passed away in February.

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FREE TICKETS: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at SubCulture

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Premier Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser pairs with California-based cellist Natalie Haas at SubCulture this Wednesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., and FoM is giving away a pair of free tickets to the show! 

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Better Than Ezra's Enduring Sound Rocks Irving Plaza

by Brian Corliss


This past Wednesday, New Orleans–based rockers Better Than Ezra brought their timeless sound up north and through the halls of Irving Plaza for a concert that, being frank, floored this reviewer in blissful awe.

The night opened with a duo singularly named for its singer, John McLaughlin—no, not the guitar legend, but rather the young and handsome keyboardist. Playing what he called "soft-keyboard-rock-'n'-roll," it verged more on pop-rock, similar to the group Civil Twilight but much more upbeat. Armed with an iPad as a drum machine, they performed admirably, although this may have been the wrong type of crowd for their sound.

When I say "wrong type of crowd," I mean that the noticably divided generational gap that packed its way into every corner of the venue was there solely for the headliners. Whether you grew up with "Good" or started with their last effort, 2009's Paper Empire, Better Than Ezra had everyone jumping and shaking with one or both hands in the air, holding one or two beers in the air, spilling them about.

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