Month: October 2007

The E-String In Manhattan…Finally!

The E-String In Manhattan…Finally!

So my E-String Band is finally performing in Manhattan at this great art gallery called
S P A C E Gallery. I am really psyched to play. The original members of E-String will all be there and we haven’t played together in about three months so it’s going to be great. I hope you can come by and check it out.

Yoon Sun Choi and The E-String Band
Jacob Sacks-melodica
Khabu Doug Young-ukulele
Thomas Morgan-guitar
Vinnie Sperrazza-percussion
and Me on toy piano and vocals

S P A C E Gallery
207A Front Street (South Street Seaport)
New York City, NY

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Darcy’s Show

Darcy’s Show

So last night I went to see Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society band. Darcy is a fellow Canadian musician living and working in New York. Darcy is also a very articulate and intelligent writer of both music and music events (you should definitely check out his blog if you haven’t done so already.)

Anyways, last night was the first time I had a chance to check out Darcy’s music. The last time I heard Darcy’s music was in 1999 when we were both participating in the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre.

Darcy’s Secret Society is a large ensemble group whose instrumentation is like a big band. Now the reason why I didn’t say that Darcy’s group is a big band is because I feel like there is a real stigma to the “big band” and rightfully so. I am not really a huge fan of big band and I find that most compositions for big band are uninteresting and pretty cheesy. Darcy’s compositions were none of those things. I really enjoyed the fact that Darcy’s music had influences from his own lifetime. What does that mean? I was raised on rock and pop music. I actually didn’t get into jazz till after I graduated from high school. When listening to Darcy’s compositions I related to the sounds and textures of his music. I could hear elements of rock and pop music as well as modern classical music (i.e. Darcy’s composition “Habeas Corpus” had a Phillip Glass thing kinda going on). I understood it. It was fun, groovy and he had elements of surprise that I found really refreshing. Some compositions stuck with me more than others but overall I had a good time.

I feel a little extra fuzzy inside knowing that Darcy is Canadian (I know, silly…) and that he’s creating some cool music. I recommend that if you get a chance to hear Secret Society go, and have fun. I did.

Interesting Shows

Interesting Shows

So I haven’t been talking about any cool music that I’ve seen over the past little while. I will try my best to remember what has happened in the past month. In September I went to the Vanguard to see the Paul Motian trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano (killin’!). I am always amazed at how fresh everything sounds when those three musicians play together. The music is playful, spontaneous and beautiful. I was excited to see their last show of the night and week. I also went to The Stone to see a solo bass show by Mark Dresser (that was amazing as always). Mark Dresser was one of the first bass players I checked out when I moved to New York. Mark’s use of texture on the bass is mind boggling. I feel like I’m listening to a string quartet when he plays.

A fun show that I performed at this past month was Vinnie Sperrazza’s tribute show to Tony Williams. Tony Williams wrote some far out music with vocals and it was a challenge and adventure to perform it. Vin did a great job putting it together and I was happy to be a part of it.

Well that’s it for now.

This Thursday night I will be going to the Jazz Gallery to see Darcy Argue’s Secret Society so that should be fun. Maybe I’ll see some of you there.

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