As in previous years, the KAA’s residency at the KCC launches with a varied programme of music and performance during the opening festivities on 28 August. Pre-registration is required via firstname.lastname@example.org. See details of the main event here. And the programme for the performance is as follows:
1. ‘Petal – like’ (꽃잎처럼)
Poem by Hye Kyung Park, Sabrina Park Kim (Piano Music), Chang Gyun Woo (Image)
2. Pochagi (보자기)
by Hye Lim Kim (Taegŭm and electronics)
Pochagi is Hye Lim Kim’s first elecroacoustic composition in which she uses elements of Korean traditional music. Pochagi is a Korean patchwork cloth that can be used as a wrapping cloth, and her piece explores the concept of Pochagi, extended to mean a container that can capture the diverse sounds of Korea music. The basic material for the piece is the Korean traditional bamboo flute, the Taegŭm. The acoustic instrument represents, to her, the characteristic Korean sound: the instrument is foregrounded to produce impromptu melodies that descend in various ways from traditional repertories. Meanwhile, the electronic sounds function as a magnifying glass, reflecting the minute layers of sound. In this piece, she attempts to bridge several dichotomies inherent in the flute and in traditional music – complexes of purity / noise, tradition / modernity and delight / sadness.
3. Bi (‘비’ 悲)
by Hyun Su Song (Haegŭm) & Eun Sol Lee (Dance)
This piece of music was composed in 1980 by the Korean master Young Jae Kim. The composition is a sorrowful melody from the provinces of Yeongnam, Honam and the north western provinces of Korea. It is folk music and performed with an Eotmori rhythm which gives the piece an atmosphere of lament and regret. The accompanying solo music for Haegŭm is strongly improvised in places. The accompanying dance portrays a woman’s heart towards a man who is facing death, praying that his pain and sorrow will vanish and that his life on the other side will be filled with eternal happiness. To lighten his path towards the other world a dance move called ‘ji jun’ and the beautiful, yearning sound of the Haegŭm was used in combination to create the piece.
4. POINTS, LINES, CIRCLES
Kayagŭm and Piano Duo with electronic sound (sound-escape) by Cho Rong Park (Composer), performed by Ji Eun Jung (Kayagŭm), Ko Eun Choi (Piano), Julian Toha (Guest Media Artist)
Grandmother, mother and daughter. The mother does not exist without her grandmother, and the daughter does not exist without her mother. The past is inseparable from the future. The future is projected from the past. The new is born of the momentum of the old. Moments gather to compose timelines that conjoin and form the wheels of history. Points, lines and circles are symbolic elements that capture the essence of this idea. They are sound-images used in this piece to express the interaction of these elements in history. ‘Points’ in time gather to form ‘lines’ in time, and these lines morph into ‘circles.’
5. Ko San (‘고산’)
by KAYA (Kayagŭm – Ji Eun Jung; Guitar – Sung Min Jeon) & Hyun Su Song (Haegŭm)
‘Ko San’, which means ‘Solitary Mountain’ was composed by Jin Goo Lee for three kayagŭm. In this arrangement by Ji Eun Jung it is performed on kayagŭm, guitar and haegŭm.
6. East Fantasia
by Tae Hwan Roh (Composer), performed by KAYA & Ko Eun Choi (keyboard), Jin Kyung Park (flute), Hye Jin Yu (violin), So Jin Kim (cello), Yun Shin (clarinet), Jea Hong Shin (Oboe)
‘East Fantasia’ is a piece which combines two distinct musical cultures: Korean traditional music and Western music. This piece was composed to display the sound of creation: a place of purity, where there is passion for life. As the piece begins with the foundation of the pure, elemental and spiritual, the peacefulness progresses to express stronger passion through the rapid tempo and combination of the Kayagŭm and western instruments. This piece provides beautiful harmony and tempo.
7. Piano style
(K-pop music & Dance performance) by Han Bit Cho (Piano), Ae Jin Han (Choreographer), Se Young Jeong and Hyun Seok Kwon (Percussion), 5 Dancers.
In this piano version, K-Pop Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is reinterpreted through media and a wide variety of dance vocabularies such as contemporary dance, ballet and b-boy dance. Part of the popularity of K-Pop Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is owed to Psy’s singular horse dance, one of the song’s representative elements that have united global audiences. Dancing bodies can be regarded as a signifier of non-verbal communication, and a range of ethnicities can enjoy it without understanding different languages. This performance is inspired by the Korean musical dance-theatre production “Ballerina Who Loves B-Boy” and set to traditional Korean instrumentation with piano. Choreographer Ae Jin Han combines movement with the text of the dance-theatre and meaning in the joyful in Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
8. Hap (‘합’ Collaboration)
by Jung Hyun Choi (Percussion), Jeong Min Moon (Painting), Shzr Ee Tan (Piano), Eun Sol Lee (Dance), Se Young Jeong & Hyun Seok Kwon (Percussion).
‘합’ Collaboration is collaborative performance with Korean percussion, piano, painting and dance. In this performance, Jeung Hyun Choi and Dr. Shzr Ee Tan will be improvising with two Samulnori rhythms: tasurum and kutkori. While they are playing, artist Jeong Min Moon commences Dripping Work, based on American abstract artist Jackson Pollock’s Dripping, and the audience will be invited to participate. When the kutkori rhythm starts, the dancer joins the performance and her foot is used as a paint brush, creating a new collaborative art work.