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Haverford College
Korean Arts Festival

Performances

  • Wednesday, October 27th
    KOREAN ONE PERSON OPERA External Link
    4-5:30 pm & 6-7:30 pm - Heungboga: Pansori (one-person opera with percussion accompaniment). People may come and go as they wish.
    Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Whitehead Campus Center
  • Thursday, October 28th
    KOREAN KAYAGEUM MUSIC External Link
    4:30 pm - Pre-concert talk by Hyo-shin Na
    5:00 pm - Music for kayageum/gayageum ensemble: works by Byung-ki Hwang, Dong-Wook Park, Geonyong Lee, Jin Han and Hyo-shin Na
    Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Whitehead Campus Center
  • Friday, October 29th
    A COLLABORATION BETWEEN KOREAN AND WESTERN MUSICIANS External Link
    7:30 pm - Premiere of a new kayageum ensemble piece by Christopher Shultis with video projected images by Hee Sook Kim, Hyo-shin Na's music for 4 western instruments, 1 Korean drum, and pansori singer, and Kayageum/Gayageum Sanjo (virtuosic instrumental music)
    Marshall Auditorium, Roberts Hall

Korean Arts Festival: Korean Music Then and Now

Six musicians from Korea - the Gyeonggi Kayaguem/Gayageum* Ensemble (Hae Jung Lee, Eun Jeong Kim, Kyung Sun Cho, and In Jung Lee), and the Pansori virtuoso Bok Sun Cha with percussionist Jae Gu Choi are the featured performers at this year's Music and Art Festival at Haverford. Five members of Philadelphia's Network for New Music, along with Haverford Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim and composers Christopher Shultis and Hyo-shin Na, will join the musicians visiting from Korea.

The festival will present the highly dramatic one-person opera (Pansori); virtuosic solo zither music (Sanjo); the premiere of a new work for kayaguem/gayageum ensemble written for this occasion by Christopher Shultis with visual work of Hee Sook Kim; zither ensemble music by some of the leading composers from Korea including Byung-ki Hwang; and Hyo-shin Na's Second Song of the Midnight Battlefield for pansori singer, clarinet, trombone, western and Korean percussionists, and piano.

  • * The name for the Korean zither has, until recently, been written in English as "Kayaguem". However, the current spelling is "Gayageum" and, to avoid any confusion, in these notes it will appear as "Kayageum/Gayageum"
  • Established in 2000, the Gyeonggi Kayageum/Gayageum Ensemble's mission is to commission and perform new works based on Korean folk songs from Gyeonggi Province. The group has produced two CDs of these works and continues to give concerts of both new and traditional music. Their performance at this festival is their US debut and marks their first appearance outside Korea.

Musicians

Hyo-shin Na

Hyo-shin Na

Hyo-shin Na has written for western instruments, for traditional Korean instruments and has written music that combines western and Asian (Korean and Japanese) instruments and ways of playing. Her music for traditional Korean instruments is recognized by both composers and performers in Korea (particularly by the younger generation) as being uniquely innovative. Her writing for combinations of western and eastern instruments is unusual in its refusal to compromise the integrity of differing sounds and ideas; she prefers to let them interact, coexist and conflict in the music.

In Korea, she has twice been awarded the Korean National Composers Prize, and in the west she has been commissioned by the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations among many others. Her music has been played worldwide by ensembles as varied as the Barton Workshop, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Kronos Quartet, and the Korean Traditional Orchestra of the National Theatre. Portrait concerts, consisting solely of her music, have been presented in Amsterdam by the Barton Workshop (2006), in Seoul by JeonGaAkHoe (2009) and Buam Arts (2009), and at Texas A&M University (2007).

She is the author of the bilingual book Conversations with Kayageum Master Byung-ki Hwang (Pulbit Press, 2001) and the translator into Korean of Christian Wolff's article Experiments in Music around 1950 and Some Consequences and Causes Social-political and Musical (Soomoon-dang Press, 2011). Her music has been recorded on the Fontec (Japan), Top Arts (Korea),Seoul (Korea) and New World Records (US) labels and has been published in Korea and Australia. Since 2006 her music has been published exclusively by Lantro Music (Belgium).

Christopher Shultis

Christopher Shultis

Christopher Shultis is Regents' Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico. His early musical life was as a performer, specifically a percussionist and conductor specializing in the interpretation of experimental music. His first compositions (1988-94) were experimental in nature. Since 1995, influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Shultis's compositions begin with the attempt to reach a personal emptiness that occurs during very long walks--in the New Mexico wilderness, the Pennsylvania woods, or (for this piece) the Korean mountains--where nature, real not imagined, is the source that inspires.

Hea Jung Lee

Hae Jung Lee

Hae Jung Lee, the leader of the Gyeonggi Kayaguem/Gayageum Ensemble, is a lecturer at Yong-In University. She was the first prize winner at the Kyung Nam Guk Ak Festival and has collaborated with the Seoul Orchestra of Traditional Music.

Bok Sun Cha

Bok Sun Cha

Bok Sun Cha is one of the leading Pansori (one-person opera) virtuosos in Korea. She is also one of the few pansori singers who has expanded her activities to singing contemporary works. As such, she has been a soloist at the Jeonju Sori Festival in Korea (2005) and has collaborated with members of the Barton Workshop in Amsterdam (2006). She is making her US debut at the Music and Art Festival at Haverford College in 2010.

Network for New Music

Network for New Music

Network for New Music has a nearly twenty-five year history of adventurous and innovative programming and virtuoso performances. The 2010-2011 season is no exception, when new music explores the sounds and instruments of Asia. Artistic Director Linda Reichert draws in the very best composers from across the nation and the world, and programs their work with that of the best and most interesting Philadelphia composers. As performed by the brilliant Network for New Music Ensemble (many of whom are also members of The Philadelphia Orchestra), the result is an invigorating and exceptional take on the best of contemporary music, and a window into the future's standard repertoire. Network's creative programming and spectacular musicianship has attracted world-class guest artists and composers such as Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, William Bolcom, Christoph Eschenbach, and many others; and Network often collaborates with artists from the worlds of dance, video, poetry and theater. Through residencies, workshops, and outreach concerts, the ensemble nurtures the gifts and enthusiasm of students who write and play the music of the next generation.

Eun Jeong Kim

Eun Jeong Kim

The winner of many competitions, most recently the Seoul Kayageum/Gayageum Contest in 2004, Eun Jeong Kim was educated at Hanyang University and Yong-In University. She is an active chamber music player in addition to being a soloist.

In Jung Lee

In Jung Lee

Educated at the National High School of Traditional Arts and Yong-In University, In Jung Lee teaches at SoRiNaRae - the Institute of Korean Traditional Music. In addition to her activities as a soloist and teacher, she's an active chamber music player.

Jae Gu Choi

Jae Gu Choi

Jae Gu Choi is the winner of numerous traditional drumming competitions throughout Korea. He specializes in the accompaniment of Pansori (Korean one-person opera), utilizing not only his ability to skillfully accompany the singer, but also his extensive knowledge of the Pansori repertoire. He has gained much recognition as one of the younger generation of traditional Korean percussionists.

Kyung Sun Cho

Kyung Sun Cho

A graduate of Yong-In University, Kyung Sun Cho is a member of the Sookmyung Women's University Kayageum/Gayageum Orchestra in addition to being a member of the Gyeonggi Kayaguem/Gayageum Ensemble.