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APRIL 29,2017 7-9PM





Lee Moon Sae is a beloved veteran South Korean singer, songwriter, and radio DJ. Born on January 17, 1957, he debuted as a TV host in 1978 and a radio DJ in 1979, but found true fame when he entered the music industry in 1983 as a singer-songwriter. Since his debut, he has released countless mega hit songs. He is a four-time winner of the Golden Disk Award, the most prestigious award in the Korean music industry. He is considered to be the pioneer of the ballad movement, and a very influential figure in the history of K-pop. Many theorize that Lee Moon Sae is the artist who made the folk rock cross over to ballad and settled ballad.
Lee Moon Sae has no rival among Korean artists with his unequaled achievement. Since the debut in 1983, he fully showed off his musical talent with records, concerts and broadcasts, and that’s what made his name, Lee Moon Sae, is stamped as NO.1.
His mainspring is the hit songs he wrote in the time when only pop songs were sold in the Korean music market in 1980s. Beginning with a big hit of the song‘I don’t know yet’, written by Lee Moon Sae and his partner Late Lee Young Hoon, who passed away, he earned the support from the youth teenagers. In addition, his songs were good enough to satisfy listeners of higher music taste and, the listeners were craving more of his musics. He released countless mega hit songs since then, and it never disappointed audience.
Many critics says, ‘Lee Moon Sae is the person who settled ballad, the important part of pop musics, in Korea.’ ‘The korean pop music is hard to define without mentioning Lee Moon Sae and the Late Lee Young Hoon.’ ‘His musics were remarkable, so he grabbed Korean’s attention from international pop musics to Korean musics.’
The supports from the public’s to Lee Moon Sae is still delightful. His glory, shared with Late Lee Young Hoon in 1980, seems like it’s still going on. Many young artists remake his songs to honor him. They sing the beautiful songs of Lee Moon Sae, meanwhile, his originality, which no one can copy, was exposed again. His music was so popular to every age group, from teenagers to elders, and became a legend.
The meanings of concerts to Lee Moon Sae are the reason of his life and the endless challenge that he has to accomplish until the end. He believes a music concert has the strongest power of communication with listeners. 
He will break another legendary record with his concert at 2017.






One possible definition of a "classic" could be "where all the cliches come from." For a person without a sense of history, the 1970 novel Love Story could be a cliche-filled drollness -- blue blooded boy falls in love with a working class girl who dies from leukemia. But when one realizes that Love Story is the fountainhead of all cliches, it is elevated to the canon through which all modern variations can be understood.


By that definition, Lee Moon Sae is a classic K-pop. In the brief history of K-pop, the Korean wrote that there is no way to determine for certain who made the "folk rock" crossed over to "ballad". But if one had to guess, Lee Moon Sae  would be an excellent guess. And among his many hit songs, "The Farewell Story" is the most classic archetype -- a man-woman duet singing sensitive lyrics set to melodious soft rock that progresses up through an emotional climax and down. It is nor surprising that The Farewell Story is one of the most frequently covered songs in K-pop, including a sign language version. Through well-made albums that touched upon the sensitivity that resonates well with Koreans, Lee Moon Sae  played a significant role in turning Korea's pop music aficionados away from American/British pop songs to the homegrown version.


But that is not the only influence of Lee Moon Sae worth noting. Lee served as a DJ for a radio program On a Starry Night [별이 빛나는 밤에] from 1985 through 1996. (The program itself started in 1969 and still continues to this day.) This series previously covered the influence of Yoon Do Hyeon's Love Letter that shaped the K-pop scene. It is fair to say that Love Letter is the television version of On a Starry Night. Generations of Koreans grew up listening to music on On a Starry Night, playing quality live music every night along with entertaining talks. And as the DJ for over a decade, Lee Moon Sae 's voice literally raised a generation of Korean adolescents -- earning him a nickname "Minister of Nightly Education."


Interesting Trivia:  Like Lee Seung Cheol who was ranked just below, a number of Lee Moon Sae's "special" or "best" albums have nothing to do with the artist himself. The relatively primitive intellectual property landscape of Korea in the 1980s meant that record companies could buy the rights of a song, repackage the song and sell it multiple times in whatever manner the record company saw fit. This practice would survive until 1990s, when a certain, highly influential K-pop artist singlehandedly killed it. 

Regular Albums

  • I am a Happy Man [나는 행복한 사람] (1983)

  • The Best (1984)

  • Lee Moon Sae 3 [이문세 3] (1985)

  • Lee Moon Sae 4 [이문세 4] (1987)

  • Lee Moon Sae 5 [이문세 5] (1988)

  • Lee Moon Sae 6 [이문세 6] (1989)

  • Lee Moon Sae VIi [이문세 VIi] (1991)

  • Lee Moon Sae (1993)

  • 95 Stage with Composer Lee Younghun (1995)

  • Flower Dance [花舞] (1996)

  • Sometimes (1998)

  • Whew = Man and Tree and Respite [休 = 사람과 나무와 쉼] (1999)

  • Chapter 13 (2001)

  • Red Undies [빨간 내복] (2002)

Special Albums

  • Lee Moon Sae [이문세] (1982)

  • Lee Moon Sae's Muttering - Spring Summer Fall and Winter                    [이문세의 넋두리 - 봄 여름 가을 그리고 겨울] (1986)

  • Lee Moon Sae (1988)

  • Golden Live 86-92 [골든 라이브 86-92] (1992)

  • Love Triangle (with Park Sang-Won and Noh Yeong-Sim) [삼각관계] (1995)

  • The Insolent Women Original Soundtrack [발칙한 여자들 OST] (2006)

  • 2009 Red Dusk Original Soundtrack [2009 붉은 노을 OST] (2009)

Compilation Albums

  • Best - Golden 15 (1987)

  • Golden Memories [추억 골든] (1989)

  • Golden Best 14 (1990)

  • Old and New (2002)

  • Memories (2004)




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