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SaaWee is a musical and spiritual journey inspired by Korean shamanic rituals, recreated for today’s society. SaaWee channels the electricity of the old and new, invoked by shamanic rhythms, creating new musical languages. Saawee are: Sita Chay Latin Grammy winning violinist based in New York and Jihye Kim, provocative percussionist of international ensemble Froms. Often collaborating with unique visual artists, re-imagining ancient stories, seeking respite from modern day stresses through energy links between participants.  Their musical ritual consists of several themed stages, and begins with entering the performance space, into an artistic spirituality through both performers’ circular movements. What makes SaaWee appeal to diverse audiences is their musical fluidity, with cross-cultural rhythms and melodies, summoning dazzling eclectic colors. Their performances embody their sound world through movement and theatrical aspects.


Following their acclaimed world premiere in London 2018, they gained widespread interest and were invited to Boston Same River Twice Festival in 2018, and in 2019 to the Splendor of Amsterdam Festival, Koreanisches Kulturzentrum of Berlin,  Hartford University, Colombia National University and Changdong Platform 61 in Seoul, South Korea. Most of these were sold- out events, ending with standing ovations.  


“It was one of those unrepeatable experiences that you can only get when top musicians are improvising in collaboration with each other …a magical evening, in which the audience were taken on a serene trip through emotional highs and lows, astounded that two players could produce such a rich and varied musical experience. This is a duo I would unhesitatingly prioritise to listen to again, and I would urge you to go see them if you get the chance.” – Philip Gowman






General Operating & Program Support


Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.


Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Investors Foundation, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Janet T. Leow, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, Mets Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Northwell Health, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang / Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang. Support at $500 and up for the 2020 fiscal year is included.


We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed a $40,000 challenge gift in honor of our 40th anniversary and inspired so much generosity in others.