It's been a while since Elena Moon Park released Rabbit Days and Dumplings, her all-ages album featuring East Asian songs from a variety of cultures and languages -- about six years, in fact. I know, it surprised me, too! It seems much more recent in my memory.
Like all of us, Park's been busy in the interim -- one of her current gigs is serving as the Artistic Director of Found Sound Nation -- but she's not done yet with her Rabbit Days music, as indicated by the existence of this Brand. New. Video!
The video is for "Zui Zui Zukkorobashi," a Japanese-language nonsense song featuring a very hungry mouse. The animated lyric video from Jordan Young at Fort Psych captures the absurdity of the lyrics and the ever-increasing klezmer-with-a-touch-of-surf-guitar energy of the music. (The latter comes courtesy of Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet and Dan Zanes on guitar.)
I still think of Rabbit Days and Dumplings fondly, glad of its existence, and I'm happy that Park is still finding ways to share its music with the world. I'm also happy that we get to world-premiere the video here -- enjoy!
Elena Moon Park - "Zui Zui Zukkorobashi" [YouTube]