The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West – at SOAS

by Events Editor on 7 June, 2014

in Event Notices, Experimental & Avant-garde music, Korean traditional music, Percussion, SOAS, Western classical music

After last year’s successful and varied concert, the SOAS Korean Drumming Society and friends return for another evening of Korean music. This year we get a rare opportunity to hear some Yun Isang.

The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West

The SOAS Korean Drumming Society
Date: 9 June 2013, 7.00 pm
Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre [formerly G2, on the left as you enter]
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tickets: Free admission. Guests are admitted from 6:45 pm to be seated for 7.00 pm

SOAS Korean Drumming Society

This attractive journey will take you to the world of Korean music, one traversing old and new, East and West.

It begins with taegŭm sanjo, the prominent folk-based genre for the taegŭm transverse bamboo flute, here played by taegŭm master and ethnomusicologist Dr. Hyelim Kim, and the changgo hourglass-shaped drum, played by Professor Keith Howard.

Then, you pass through new Korean music, whose scope was greatly extended by Korea’s most celebrated composer, Isang Yun (1917-1995). You will hear his works performed by two excellent musicians, pianist Humay Gasimzadeh and cellist Zhala Aliyeva, from the Greig Academy of Music in Bergen.

The journey ends with a newly-innovated tradition, samulnori, the genre of contemporary Korean percussion music which developed from the p’ungmul of traditional local percussion bands.

This evening, the SOAS Korean Drumming Society is proud to present to you various styles, ranging from a pioneering collaboration between instructor Jeunghyun Choi and pianist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Shzr Ee Tan to standards of the samulnori repertoire.

Also performing are: Jaydee Cozzi (Puk), Alice Hureau (Puk), Great Lekakul (Changgo), Nan Ma (Ching), Haruna Sumi (Changgo), Anna Yates (Changgo), Ruard Absaroka (Changgo, puk), Damilola Eniola (Changgo), Hyelim Kim (Taegŭm, changgo), Soung-U Kim (Kwaenggwari, Changgo), Hyunseok Kwon (Changgo), Kazumi Taguchi (Changgo, ching), Shzr Ee Tan (Piano, kkwaenggwari, changgo, puk).

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