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.