SaaWee is a contemporary shaman ritual created for the spirituality of current society. SaaWee accentuates the electricity between the old and new through multi disciplinary languages invoked by Korean shaman rhythm. Sita Chay (Latin Grammy winning violinist based in New York), Jihye Kim (provocative percussionist of Urban Sound based in London), often collaborating with a unique visual artist, dancer, and contemporary musician, re-imagines ancient stories in order to touch upon current societal illness and seeks for cure through energy links between participants. Their ritual is often in 5 different stages and it starts by entering into an artistic spirituality through counter clock-wise circular motion. What makes SaaWee relevant to wide range of audience is their musical fluidity to summon eclectic colors of various cultural rhythm and melody. Also not to be underestimated is their emphasis on embodiment of sound through movements and theatrical aspects.
Since their successful world premiere in London 2018, they soon after gained interests from respectful music scenes and were invited to the Lincoln Center 2021, Flushing Town Hall 2020, Ars Electronica Festival 2021, Boston Same River Twice Festival 2018, Splendor of Amsterdam, Koreanisches Kulturzentrum of Berlin, Hartford University, Colombia National University and Changdong Platform, most of which were sold out and ended with standing ovations.