Month: January 2005

Ah Music!

Ah Music!

Last night I played a gig at the 5C Cafe with pianist, Jacob Sacks and guitarist, Ben Monder. It was so much fun! It was the first time playing with Ben even though I’ve known Ben for years and it was a real pleasure to be able to interact with him and Jacob together. We had a nice crowd who were very attentive.

I find that this venue is so great when it comes to the vibe of a room but it’s a bit inconvenient for people to get to. It’s a bit far from the train and there really isn’t a bus close by and everyone that I speak to is really not into taking a bus or subway and walking 9 blocks. For all that attended, I am deeply grateful for your efforts and I received a lovely e-mail from a colleague and friend of mine saying how much she enjoyed the performance, so thanks Judith!

One of the things I love most about playing with musicians I normally don’t play with or have played with for the first time, is that it brings something different out of you when you play. Ben is such a creative musician and it was amazing to hear what he had to say on the original tunes and on the other songs and to interact with him. You start listening to the music a bit differently and it brings out musical ideas that you normally don’t play (even though they are inside you the whole time). Jacob sounded different and it was wonderful to hear what he had to say and to play off that too.

Overall, it was a blast! We all had fun and we will definitely be playing with Ben Monder again in the near future.

Poochie Problems

Poochie Problems

This morning I was abruptly woken up by CY (my honey) because Coltrane, my sweet 12yr old beagle was just bitten by a dog while on his morning walk. Of course we didn’t notice the bleeding until the walk was over and Coltrane was very stoic and showed no signs of discomfort (but I realize that doesn’t mean anything, since dogs usually hide their pain until it is unbearable).

Some dog owners, in my opinion, should be more cautious about letting their dogs interact with other dogs on the street. Even though Coltrane is highly socialized with other dogs, and he is the most gentle creature to humans that you will ever encounter, he is old and can be a bit fussy about which dog comes up to him and I’m cautious about him meeting other dogs. But sometimes other dog owners are not so aware about their animals and just come up to you without any real consideration and just say, “they’re fine with most dogs it should be ok…” as they let their dog come forward without you getting a chance to object. Also, you would think that the owner would know their dog a bit better (later I found out that the walker was not even the dog owner!)

Anyways, to make a long story short, Coltrane’s face had to be shaved and the dog gave him two perfectly punctured (all the way through) wounds in his jowls and the vet put some surgical tape through his face so that the fluid would drain (nice right?!?) and now he’s got a cone on his head (which is so sad), he’s on antibiotics and he is a bit depressed by the whole thing and I’m just pissed off!

I’m a true dog and animal lover and very understanding about animal behaviour and accidents do happen. BUT! I believe that anyone who takes on the responsibility of having a pet should also take responsibility for managing the animal’s behaviour so not to cause accidents like this to happen. If your dog is a bit excited when greeting other dogs, take into consideration that it’s not just because their happy to see another dog but that they might want to dominate or claim turf.

I hope that this whole situation gets resolved in a way that leaves everyone cool cause right now, I’m dark!

My Show Tonight!

My Show Tonight!

Well I’m getting ready for the gig tonight with pianist Jacob Sacks and special guest, guitarist, Ben Monder. Photocopying music, writing music and other sorts of stuff will be going on today. I will hopefully be recording the evening and if all goes well, perhaps I can put up a sample.
Anyone in NYC area come by and check out some fun music and say hello.

Yoon Sun Choi and Jacob Sacks
with special guest, Ben Monder

Saturday, January 29th
7:00pm-9:00pm
5C Cafe
68 Ave C (E5th Street and Ave C)
F train to 2nd Ave
Cover $8.00

Gerald Cleaver Music

Gerald Cleaver Music

On Wednesday night (January 26th), I went to Barbes to see my friend and great drummer, Gerald Cleaver. His band was an all star line up: Tony Malaby (saxophone), Craig Taborn (wurlitzer), Drew Gress (bass), and Mat Maneri (electric viola). The music was all originals from Gerald and they were fresh and interesting. Every member in his band are so creative and really know how to play. Mat Maneri really stole the show for me. He is one of the heaviest musicians I have ever had the pleasure to listen to and play with. The moment he touches the instrument, you can’t help but be moved by the beauty of his ideas and sound. The energy of the band was strong and it was a perfect way to end the night for me. Gerald Cleaver is one of the most in demand drummers I know. He lives across the street from me, but I never see him because he is always on the road touring. I am so happy that I got a chance to see his band before he takes off again.

My First Posting of My Gig!

My First Posting of My Gig!

Well today I write my first post of my show this Saturday. I’m really excited about it because Jacob Sacks (pianist extrordinaire) and I are playing with our dear friend and killin’ guitarist, Ben Monder! This is my first time playing with Ben and I’m totally stoked!

So anyone in the New York City area, come out and join us. The 5C Cafe is a cozy spot in the East Village. There’s no booze there, but lots of great fruit smoothies and other food goodies. You’ll have to get used to the blender going off (at unfortunate moments in the music sometimes). I would love to see you there.


Yoon Sun Choi (voice) and Jacob Sacks (piano)
with special guest, Ben Monder (guitar)

Saturday January 29th
7:00pm-9:00pm

5C Cafe
68 Ave C (E5th Street and Ave C)
F train to 2nd Ave

Cover $8.00

Yummmmm……

Yummmmm……

Last night I went to one of my favourite restaurants, Al Di La. CY (my main man) and I went out on a blizzardy night and had our tummys filled with wonderful Italian cuisine.

CY and I shared the appetizer special; grilled sardines over baby arugula with a fennel vinegarette. Then for a main course, CY had the special; sweet and sour glazed pork ribs with onions and a coleslaw salad (this coleslaw is nothing like what the 24hour diner serves). I had the rock shrimp, tomato, parsley risotto (Oh my god!) It was so good. It inspired me. The next risotto I make, I want to get that beautiful creamy sauce consistency. It was all heavenly. This restaurant is moderate in price but, for us struggling artists, it was pricey. As New York prices go, it’s reasonable especially for the quality.

If you’re in Brooklyn, Park Slope area, you should definitely check this place out. You will leave happy and stuffed.

Wow! I Can’t believe I Found This.

Wow! I Can’t believe I Found This.

So, I was organizing my cd’s trying to set some order in my life (tough job!) and I found a recording that I did back in 1999. It’s one of the only high quality recordings that I have of me playing piano and singing. I almost never sing and play at the same time and it’s funny to hear myself do it let alone have it documented. I remember that it was just an after thought when I recorded this. I was just fooling around on the piano after a recording session and I asked if I could record myself because I liked the piano so much. At the time I had just started to study the voice seriously, and I wince when I listen to it and hear my flaws (come on admit it, we all hate how we sound recorded!).

Anyways, it’s simple and just laid down, nothing special. It’s one of my favourite pop tunes and I still sing it today. Hope you like it. Here it is. (6 MB mp3)

(To save server space, I’m just going to keep this up for a week or two.)

Sweet Solo

Sweet Solo

Last night I went to see trombonist Jacob Garchik, (a member of 4inObjects), perform solo. Elixir is a health food juice bar by day and on Thursday nights when the food service has closed down, the music starts to happen. I don’t know much about the series they have there but it has been my second visit to Elixir to check out some free improvised music.

Jacob played 4 short improvised pieces using various mutes and an echo microphone (something you could pick up at Toy R Us). He has a beautiful sound which was heard on the first piece. You hear his great technical ability on his third piece when he started to play fast staccatos and using a plunger mute with a kazoo attached at the end. Each piece displayed a variety of sound and interesting rhythms. The last piece was more of a sound exploration with the echo mic which I enjoyed quite a bit.

When Jacob improvises I feel that he thinks like a composer and creates spontaneous little miniature compositions. I believe all great improvisers work that way. Using a motive or two and continuously developing them throughout the improvisation.

Jacob and I had a discussion after his performance about improvisation and what he would recommend to anyone who wants to continue developing as an improvising artist. Some of the recommendations were to work on technique, listen and play classical music, practise improvising exercises and create a small motive and create a whole improvisation based on the motive. Jacob told me that alot of these improvising ideas are taught by the great composer and improvising artist Joe Maneri.

Jacob gave a beautiful performance and I look forward to hearing and playing with him soon.

Jacob Garchik Solo

Jacob Garchik Solo

Tonight the trombonist of 4inObjects, Jacob Garchik, will be performing solo trombone at Elixir Smart Bar in NYC. This is the second member of 4inObjects to do solo work in the past month. I’m excited to check it out since this is the first time I’ve gone to check out music since my “Nightmare of the Carob” incident. I’m sure that Jacob will play amazing and complex things that will make my head spin (as usual).

Sperrazza/Blostein Quartet Tonight

Sperrazza/Blostein Quartet Tonight

Tonight my roomie, Vinnie Sperrazza will be performing at Smith’s Bar at 9:00pm with his quartet. His quartet features Matt Blostein on alto sax, Peter Brendler on bass, Danny Fox on piano and Vinnie on drums. This will be the first time I hear this particular quartet perform and I look forward to it. Vin’s a great drummer and I have no doubt that his commrades will be dealling just as well.

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