BY JAMES FARRELL
SsingSsing, a genre-blending Korean musical group, is kicking off a new year of performances at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 6.
The group is composed of six Korean musicians, all experienced in different genres, and is famous for blending rock and roll with authentic Korean folk singing, or Minyo. Their music includes elements from ballads, pop music and shamanistic rituals. The music aims to introduce lisetners to unique elements of Korean traditional music hailing from many different areas of Korea. These include Gyeonggi Minyo, from the Gyeonggi area; Seodo Minyo, of the Hwanghae and Pyeongan area; and Seoul Gut, a form of shamanistic ritual.
SsingSsing has made a name for itself through its loud visual style, as its members don extravagant costumes and move freely about the stage—the rock elements of their music are a very big part of the band’s persona.
The band consists of Hee-moon Lee on lead vocals, Young-gyu Jang as music director and bassist, Da-hye Choo and Seung-tae Shin on vocals, Chul-hee Lee on drums and Tae-won Lee on guitar and keyboard.
On the band’s Facebook page, they explain that their hybrid music aims to connect Korea’s heritage to the modern era.
“In a fast-growing society where people tend to stray away from traditional rituals, SsingSsing brings them back in touch with the cultural roots of Korea through a very playful style, accessible for 21st century urban citizens,” the band’s bio reads.
“SsingSsing’s bizarre vibe creates a fun and laidback atmosphere,” the bio goes on to say.
The event is a special season kick-off concert, and it will start off with a VIP reception for members and special guests at 7 p.m., and the concert starts an hour later at 8 p.m.. Tickets cost $16 for non-members, $10 for members and students, and are free for teenagers between 13 and 19. They are available at www.flushingtownhall.org.
SsingSsing’s performance kicks off the new 2017 season at Flushing Town Hall—a season that will have a wide range of family and special events, performances, Lunar New Year programming, and a number of new exhibitions.
Among the events coming to Flushing Town Hall this year are American Blues Ambassador Guy Davis on Feb. 4, the Grace Kelly Quartet on Feb. 24, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars on March 1, Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys on March 10, Piano Masters Toshiko Akiyoshi & Barry Harris on March 31, Afro-Colombian musicians Herencia de Timbiqui on April 29, the Queens Jazz Orchestra on June 9 and the Musitonik Ensemble on June 14.
The new season will also feature Flushing Town Hall’s Globl Mashup series, which features musical performances from different areas of the world and then combines those musical styles. On March 24, for instance the Global Mashup series will merge Spanish and Garifuna music. Other Mashup programs include “Japan meets Puerto Rico” and “Thailand Meets Tahiti.”
Reach James Farrell at (718) 357-7400 x 127, firstname.lastname@example.org or @farrellj329.