Author: Yoon

Korean Food In Park Slope

Korean Food In Park Slope

A few weeks ago, on 7th Ave, I noticed a little sign in a window that looked like a Korean food joint.  It was!  Today I decided to try it out.

Hanki “Everyday Korean” in Park Slope at first looked like an order and go joint.  The opening is small and cramped but very clean.  When I entered, the server said to order up front and that they would serve you the food once ready.  I saw that there was a patio out back and asked to have my food out there.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the back of the restaurant had nice seating inside and a beautiful patio outside.  The patio was quiet except for some A/C’s running but it was shady and serene.

Let me just say that Korean food is awesome (a little subjective here).  It is also incredibly labor intensive.  I admire all those Korean moms (who are we kidding, it was the moms) who busted their chops cooking in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy.  I truly did not appreciate it the way I do now.

The menu was basic and not a huge selection but made sense since it does say “everyday Korean.”  There was enough variety so that anyone could enjoy something there (vegetarians included).  I ordered a lunch special Bulgogi Hanki Set.  It came with a serving of bulgogi, ban chans (side dishes) and multigrain rice (photo above).  It was nicely displayed and everything tasted the way it should.  The food was a little on the sweet side for me but I can’t avoid that in any Korean restaurant except in my mom’s kitchen.  It was still yummy!

I really hope this restaurant stays around.  It’s nice to have a place that isn’t expensive and tastes good AND is relatively close by (no long trips to Manhattan or Queens – that’s for the hard core cravings…)

Now go and eat some Korean food!

 

Composition

Composition

Today I did a photography composition workshop at http://www.wearebkc.com in DUMBO.  We spent a few hours studying composition and then went out to make some photos. It was fun to analyze famous paintings and photographs and what makes them successful, compositionally speaking.  Some of the things to keep in mind when creating a photo are lines, shapes, color contrast, texture and placement (rule of thirds etc) to name a few.  It was bloody hard!

Below are some of my photos from today’s class.  It was such a great time and hard work!  Not quite sure if I achieved my goals but it sure was a lot of fun.

Focus

Focus

Tomorrow I do an all day photography workshop on the “Art of Composition.”  I’m excited to learn more about how to see and create a good photo.  I have already gone to a composition seminar and have been reading a lot about the essentials of photography.  I’m happy to be going into the work shop with a little bit of knowledge so that I’m not completely lost.

I must confess that it’s been hard to manage my time with music, photography, videography, family life and self care.  I love all the creativity but I can get a little OCD about new things and I let the music and everything else fall to the side.  There is a real art to managing one’s time.

I am not good at managing my time.

 

 

 

Create More

Create More

I wanted to shut down and watch Netflix tonight.  Just as I was about to open up good ole Netflix, I remembered a line from a photography blog I’ve been reading http://erickimphotography.com/blog/start-here/ he says, “create more.”  I picked up my staff paper and wrote another line of counterpoint.  It was hard and I wanted to quit but I realize that I always feel better when I do a tiny bit more.  Also, time is really whipping by in a way I have never experienced (A side effect to getting old).  I want to grab every opportunity to create more!

Owls At Night

Owls At Night

 

Over the past year I have created a new trio with violinist Dana Lyn and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. This is a completely new thing for me because I not only singing but also playing the piano and composing all the music. THIS IS BIG! Not to get into too many details but in a previous post, I talk about not playing piano for almost 15 years (yup). I started to play again about six years ago and I have finally mustered up the courage to play in public! This trio is the result of my courage.

Dan Loomis: Jobs Trials

Dan Loomis: Jobs Trials

Tomorrow night at 8:00pm, I’m performing Dan Loomis’ Jobs Trials at Ibeam in Brooklyn.

This music is based on the bible’s Book of Job. There are great musicians performing alongside with me. A wonderful singer out on the scene from Korea, Songyi Jeon, great guitarist, Jeff Miles, Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums (where did this guy come from? Awesome!), the all inspiring leader,composer and bassist, Dan Loomis and yours truly on voice.
Howard Fishman is our narrator and there will be some beautiful artwork by Sean Gallagher.

This is going to be epic!

Listen Here

Listen Here

You can check out some of my music here:

Track 1: Coming Home is a piece I wrote for my first recording “Soulmates” 2001
Track 2: Not Much Of A Dog is from my third recording
“Imagination:The Music From Joe Raposo” 2008
Track 3: Facsar is an excerpt from a composition by Luciano Berio.
I am improvising while violist Miranda Sielaff plays the composition 2009
Track 4: Happiness Hotel from “Imagination:The Music From Joe Raposo”2008
Track 5: Blackberry Winter – a live concert recording with pianist, Jacob Sacks from Bennington College 2014
Track 6: Sorry is a piece I wrote for this live recording with
Dan Weiss, Jacob Garchik, Dave Ambrosia and Jacob Sacks, “4inObjects” 2006
Track 7: Bein’ Green from “Imagination:The Music From Joe Raposo” 2008

All of these recordings have no overdubs or edits.

Ten Days Till Carnegie Hall

Ten Days Till Carnegie Hall

I still can’t believe that in 10 days I will be on stage at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall singing. Ok, I have been blessed before and I have sung at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and 2014 but you see, it still blows me away every time I think about it.

I have had my struggles with health especially close to performance time. Last year, it was a miracle that I sang a concert. I was so sick that I could barely talk two days before. Some how I managed to get through it but got laryngitis two days after (but hey, that’s ok! – I did it)

This year, I am having some of the worst allergies and I am mildly freaked out by the possibility of getting laryngitis from the post nasal nastiness that allergies bring on.

So I am praying to all the gods, getting lots of rest and hoping that the voice will dominate rather than the allergy.

Here’s to optimistic wishing!

2016 Fear Less

2016 Fear Less

Here I am writing my first blog entry of 2016. I always hesitate to write anything because I often end up not completing the post or deciding in the end it isn’t worth publishing.

I confess, I am a fearful person. For as long as I can remember, I was always the smallest, and always scared. I guess that’s how I became the loudest. I needed and wanted to be heard. For all my bluster though, I was often terrified.

I think my loudness was to mask the terror I felt inside. My fear affected everything from doubting my abilities as a musician and artist, to not doing well in school, failing in sports and building copious amounts of social anxiety during my teenage years (and parts of my adult years too). Fear can stop you from living big parts of your life.

Fear doesn’t completely prevent me from performing and making music (thank goodness!) but it does dominate aspects of my career. To give you an example, it takes me forever to compose works. I am so terrified that the pieces I write will be so awful that I would never perform them in public. So why bother writing them? That’s a terrible way to live.

Ironically, I constantly preach to my voice and piano students to let go of their fear in order to be free to improvise without inhibition and to produce a beautiful relaxed sound and be creative.

As 2016 was approaching, I decided that this year, I would be fearless. Realistically I just want to fear less. I don’t want my fear to overcome my desire to do something that will enrich my life. Writing a blog post is a good example of something I’d like to be able to do without fear driving me to the brink of giving up.

My first “fear-less” act of 2016 is posting my very first video on Youtube. I am improvising on the piano. This is huge for me. I was on a 15 year hiatus from the piano. Just over 4 years ago I started studying and practicing the piano seriously again. I have finally come to terms with my classical training and my jazz improvising. I am now starting to find a balance with both. I love playing the piano. I love improvising. I realize that I don’t need to play in either a so called jazz or classical style. I just want to play music. I want to spontaneously create. I want to express myself in the most honest way that I can. I feel like now after so many years, I have found my voice

As this particular blog entry has taken almost one week to write, I have posted another video of myself improvising on toy piano. Over this year, I plan to post a video every week. I will do lots of improvising on the piano and voice. I will be doing some interviews with some incredible artists and I will sing a lot.

I hope that you will follow me on my journey to “fear-less” this year. I don’t know what I will discover about myself but I am genuinely excited to find out.

My First Video

My First Video

Ok, I did it.

I made my first video. This is a big deal for me since I haven’t ever posted a video of myself let alone one of me playing the piano.

For those who do not know, I was a classical pianist before I devoted my time to singing. I took a long hiatus from playing and performing on the piano. I am now back at it.

Stay tune for more!

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