Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cover your eyes, unlease your tastebuds

Enjoy a meal like never before with Dark Dining, a multi-sensory experience that features fine dining and performance, all while blindfolded.

Sound like something you’re up for? The next event in Brooklyn is July 23 at Abagail Cafe in Prospect Heights.Dark Dining performers include everything from Irish step dancers to flutists, and as a rule are never announced in advance to add to that element of surprise. This month, however, that rule is broken, as it’s been revealed that Bora Yoon will be the featured performer on July 23.

A multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer, Yoon creates architectural soundscapes from everyday found objects, chamber instruments and digital devices. She can ably tune to sizzling bacon fat and harmonize to the whir of a G5, creating music that plays with sensory associations and spatial idiosyncrasies.

With much spontaneity and little regard to the classifying genres of instrumentation, she explores where sound connects to the subliminal through the timbre languages of the voice, violin, water, ancient Tibetan singing bowls, cell phones, music boxes, glockenspiel, guitar, found sounds, and electronics.

With an experimental sound fitting for a museum space, it’s no surprise that among her recent gigs are The New Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

Hear her for herself, and come hungry, to Abagail Cafe (807 Classon Ave.) on July 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include four courses, wine, artist performances, tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required, and can be made at 718-399-3200.

To book private events, email or call 917-686-7474.


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