The regional winners of SUTASI (that I regret to have totally forgotten about for the past few months) were announced yesterday and both Korean bands making it to the regional finals – traditional Korean fusion triplets Infinity of Sound (IS) and female fronted rock trio Biuret – have also made it to the Grand Final!
Quoting the official site “SUTASI is the search for new, up and coming, contemporary Asian music talent.” Split into three regions – Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia – in the finals the winners from all regions will meet. The Pan Asian winner will get to, among other things record an album in New York and/or Los Angeles with global marketing and promotion on top. Go here to learn how you can vote to affect the outcome.
Since a few days ago, the episodes so far are all up on YouTube. I’ve had a look at the Northeast Asia region and Songwriter episodes and collected the links for your viewing pleasure. The first episode introduces the eight bands competing in the region and the following has the bands performing a couple of songs each (with English subtitles!)
Northeast Asia Episode 1: 1, 2, 3, 4
– China’s SKO (1), Liu Jin (3) and TooKoo (3)
– Korea’s Infinity of Sound (1) and Biuret (4)
– Taiwan’s Laka (2)
– Japan’s Nenem (2)
– Hong Kong’s Julie Valerie (4)
Infinity of Sound performs 봄 (Spring), whereas Biuret shows off 웃지 않는 공주 (Frowning Princess).
Airtimes for the grand finale here.