What's New at KACF and around Boston

Friendly announcement for All Together Now, a multimedia event [May 27, 9 PM - Lily Pad, Cambridge]

Our friend organization, All Together Now, has confirmed its 5th installment (ATN #5) of multimedia events on Saturday, May 27 at 9pm at the Lily Pad in Cambridge! ATN is a multidisciplinary event series that makes space for women, people of color, and LGBT performers in partnership with allies; and combines performances from Boston and NYC in Boston to enhance the artistic dialogue and help artists build connections. This time, the show features a Boston-based Korean artist Poor Eliza (Jane Park) as part of the act.

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ATN #5 will be an engaging mix of music, magic, video, and performance art! Artists for ATN #5 include Jenee Halstead and Mark Lipman a performance duo of music, storytelling, and expressive movement; Zayde Buti, video and performance artist; street magician Just Felice; and emotive, rock band Poor Eliza (Jane Park). Tickets and more information about the artists can be found at alltogertherbos.com.

One major goal for this event series is to compensate artists for their work. Says Artistic Director Anna Rae, “Our society consistently devalues and underpays artists, while simultaneously relying on artists for meaning, reflection, entertainment, insight, comfort, and rich ideological and experiential spaces.” This year ATN was awarded the Live Arts Boston Grant from the Boston Foundation, which plays a critical role in “being able to support artists in creating and presenting their work.”

All Together Now, installments 6, 7, and 8 will be presented in the fall.

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Mark Lipman and Jenee Halstead have been sharing the stage for years as singing partners on each other's original music. The idea of collaborating on a project together had been floating around for a couple of years, and they're bringing it to life in a set that will combine story-telling, song, and elements of expressive movement. Together they are exploring the worlds of activism, desire, queer identity, the wounded healer and what it means to be an artists and a human in a world that want to commodify and control the human experience.

Zayde Buti is a performance artist and musician who writes, produces and performs weird art music. He also produces and performs in even weirder music videos. Zayde has performed live in venues across New England and has made street performances throughout the Boston area. 

Felice Ling: if she looks familiar, you might have seen her working on the streets of Harvard Square. Occasionally funny, often awkward, and always astonishing, she has performed in Memphis, Chicago, and Cambridge. Before she was a street performer, though, she was a magician performing in her family living room nearly every Thanksgiving for fifteen years. She's not flashy, she's not snazzy - she's Just Felice.

Poor Eliza (Jane Park) is a Boston songwriter who loves to explore themes from her Tennessee upbringing with the sounds and rhythms of alt-country and indie-rock. She has played all over the Boston area, and is excited to try new things and meet more artists! Her latest self-released title “Ghost Town” is the tale of a townie who never leaves their hometown.


Congratulations to the composer Michael-Thomas Foumai

Congratulations to MT Foumai whose Korean-folk music inspired piece Village Music had been premiered in Boston in our Gala concert of 2015.

The following is an excerpt taken from the University of Hawaii's News article: 

Michael-Thomas Foumai, a lecturer in the University of Hawaii Manoa Department of Music, has won a 2017 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation (ASCAP) young composer award that encourages talented young creators of concert music. Foumai's award-winning 25-minute long composition—featuring a flute, cello and piano—is titled Manookian Murals.It was first performed in December 2016 by the Dolce Suono Ensemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Past winners of the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the country’s most prestigious and visible award for young composers from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), include Pulitzer-Prize winning composers Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis and Kevin Puts.

"Manookian’s work had an immediate impact that touched upon all my senses," said Foumai. "One could see, hear and nearly smell and taste the ancient Hawaiʻi that he envisioned."
For more information on Foumai and "Manookian Murals,” and to hear a snippet of the composition, visit the “Manookian Murals” website.
"We are so proud of Michael being one of the recipients of this prestigious award," said Lawrence Paxton, chair of the Department of Music. "He highlights the vitality of our faculty and the uniqueness of our nationally respected Music Department and its innovative programs."
Added ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, "Nurturing young talent is an essential part of The ASCAP Foundation’s mission. We congratulate these gifted young composters ranging in age from 15 to 30 and thank our dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected composers from approximately 550 submissions."



Not so heavy a Christmas - Oasis Cafe [12.17.2016 7:30 PM ECC]


The program will include 

The Graceful Ghost Rag for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom

Two piano pieces by Erik Satie,

Café Music (1987) for piano trio by Paul Schoenfield

Selections from the Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (1973) by Claude Bolling

and also pieces from the ever popular A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi !


Oasis Cafe & B2B present "Musically Yours on Broadway" [11.5 Sat 7:30 PM]

This Saturday, KACF sponsors our friends at KCB and The Broadway to Boston Theater Company for 

“Musically Yours on Broadway - a Musical Talk Show” 

at 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the Education & Community Center. 

In this hilarious musical performance, Hilary Mayer, Ohkyung Kwon, Hugh Cha, and Izzy Taylor (some familiar from earlier Oasis - B2B collaborations) appear as guests in a talk show hosted by Heather Lee.  Guests share and discuss their recent performances and the actor's life as they perform popular musical numbers. This performance also features talented classical musicians Clera Ryu (piano), Soyoung Kwon (Violin), Yumi Bae (Cello), as well as Jihyung Hong (Drum). 

Concert 휴 [hju:] in Boston [9.18.2016 7 PM]

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KACF, in collaboration with soprano Yu-Ra Lee based in Korea, is presenting Concert 휴 [hju:] in Boston.  휴 means rest, respite or repose in Korean language, and the concept behind the program is to gather classically trained musicians to perform pieces from various genres, offering a respite from hectic daily lives, both for the audience and the performers. The Sunday afternoon in Boston is usually full of concerts and other interesting events, but where else could one have musical numbers from Jekyll and Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera; a love song from wildly popular K-Drama, a Verdi aria for  Mrs. Macbeth(!) as well as Piazzolla's Libertango and the theme from Howl's moving castle, all in one sitting? Mark your (and your children's) calendar! (9.18.2016 7pm, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA) 


Elegy for the Fallen, Light beyond Abyss [4.30.2016 Sat 7PM - St. Paul's Church]

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A gentle reminder about our upcoming concert. It will be at the beautiful space at the St. Paul's church of Brookline, just a block away in the neighborhood. Check out the amazing performers lined up:

This is a paid concert; tickets are available online here. To find more about the concert, please check out its FB event page.


Jihye Lee Orchestra being released soon!

A while ago, KACF and some of us became sponsors of Jihye Lee’s kickstarter project. The project was successfully funded, and after months of hard work, she is about to release her first album. (and probably first ever of its kind by a Korean female jazz artist?) You may check out a tune from the CD at youtube. (the track is titled Sewol marking the 2nd year anniversary of the tragic incident that claimed hundreds of innocent teenagers as well as teachers.)




Voice of Harmony [May 14 Sat 7:30 PM at KCB]

This is in from our friends at KCB: 

On Saturday May 14, the Korean Church of Boston will be hosting a “Voice of Harmony Concert” to benefit our sister church in need.  Previously, thanks to your help, we have been able to successfully sponsor “a benefit concert for Syrian Refugees” and “a benefit for North Korean refugees” to contribute to their aid.  We hope that this benefit concert will also be used to support our neighbors.

The concert program includes classical and jazz works by Mozart, Piazzola, Gershwin, and Strauss, spanning diverse genres for the enjoyment of many.

In addition, the impressive lineup of performers includes winners of several national and international competitions, and those actively involved in various areas of music. We look forward to their demonstration of the depth and beauty of their artistic mastery.

The first half of the concert will showcase the crossover from classical pieces such as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante to semi-classical pieces such as Gershwin’s Summer Time.  The second half will demonstrate the beauty of jazz in Piazzola’s masterpiece the “Four Season of Buenos Aires” as well as other music performed by a piano trio an a jazz ensemble.

You may purchase the ticket on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-of-harmony-concert-tickets-24551621561  

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Benefit concert for the Syrian Refugees [Nov 21 Sat 7:30 PM]

Our friends at Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra is giving the benefit concert for the Syrian refugees. This Saturday at 7:30 PM at the Korean Church of Boston, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline. The program will include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Haydn’s Symphony No 44 (“Mourn”). The suggested donation of $20 will go toward the relief effort of the displaced Syrians. 


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Broadway in Seoul - Musical [Nov 14, Sat. 7 PM]

Broadway-to-Bosotn Theater company (B2B) and the Korean Cultural Foundation are presenting the musical “Broadway In Seoul” featuring Ryan Hill, Hilary Mayer, Heather Lee, Shannon Ignatius. It will also feature tenor Jyoungwoun Choi and Gayageum-singer Sukkyeong Won. It will be at the ECC main chapel, Nov 14, Saturday 7 pm. The ticket is $20 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. Discounts may be available for students and seniors. Please inquire at info@koreancultureboston.org . 

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News from our musician friends [Fall 2015]

Michael-Thomas Foumai, whose chamber piece Village Music was one of the highlights of our recent Gala Concert, had his orchestral piece performed by the prestigious American Composers Orchestra in their annual SONiC festival (Sound of a new century - Zankell Hall ) during its Grand Finale. The concert featured five pieces by American composers, all World premiers, and Dr. Foumai’s work, titled “The Spider Thread”- "recounted a rapturous and frantic dash for spiritual salvation—an orchestral high-wire climb, before the thread snaps.” according to the director of the concert.

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Many of KACF friends would remember TeRra Han, the main performer (Gayageum and Dance) of our first Gala Concert in 2013. Ms Han has since played at prestigious stages around the world, in Paris, Tokyo, Beizing and Seoul, and most recently, last October, gave a full Sanjo concert at the Andrew Weill recital hall at the famed Carnegie Hall.

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You may check out the review of the event by the local press in NYC here.

Also have a taste of the full(!) Sanjo — probably the same piece as given at the Carnegie Hall, as captured from a recent concert in Tokyo here:


KACF Gala Concert 2015 [Oct 17 Sat]

Click on the poster of the event below to visit the archive of the whole evening: 


To view the photos from the event, click on the image below:

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Scenes from the first rehearsal of the pieces

Oyuwa - a concerto for 25-string Gayageum

Village Music by Michael-Thomas Foumai


Journey to the Beautiful Future - The Hwaum Boston Chamber's Fall Concert [10.3.2015 Sat 7:30 pm]

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The Hwaum Boston Chamber's Fall Concert presents 'Journey to the Beautiful Future’ on October 3rd, Saturday - 7:30 PM @ Granoff Music Center, Tufts University.
The program includes the very popular Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Sibelius' Violin Concerto (Violin: Eunae Kim).  The ticket is $30 per person. Further inquiries, please contact  sooihnee@comcast.net

Here is the message from the president of the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra:

Dearest Friends,
I’m so excited to welcome you all to what promises to be a memorable night.
As you may know, this year marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence and the division between North and South Korea.
With hopes and wishes of being peacefully united once again, the Hwaum Boston Orchestra has been performing a series of concerts throughout the year called the “Peninsular of Korea 2015.” It began with the concert “We Overcome” with the talented and blind pianist Ms. Noh, followed by the “Peace Concert” with the Boston Korean Chorus. Tonight, we’ll be closing out our grand series with our concert “Journey to the Beautiful Future.”  

Summer Jazz Music!

*** Due to unexpected vocal cord ailment of the singer, the concert will feature the NEC guitarist Xiongguan Zhang in her place. We appreciate Xiongguan for accommodating the change at such a short notice! 

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It is Summer!

We are co-sponsoring an Evening of Jazz music (“Summer - Peace - Jazz - Love”) on August 15th, Sat. (7 PM) at the Children’s Chapel of ECC, KCB.
The concert is free with a suggested donation of 10 $ and its program will include beautiful standards such as Embraceable You, But Not for Me, After You’ve gone and So in Love.

Vocalist Carrie Furniss hails from Chicago, Illinois. She completed her bachelor's degree in studio music and jazz at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is currently finishing the master's degree in jazz vocal performance at the New England Conservatory.

Kyumin Shim, a young jazz pianist of both sensitivity and swing, started out at the prestigious Seoul Institute of The Arts (SITA) in Korea on a scholarship as a prize winner in its Jazz Music Competition. Since 2009, he has studied at Berklee college of music on a scholarship. He moved on to New England Conservatory and obtained the Master of Music degree.  Over the years, his mentors/collaborators included Jazz luminaries such as Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Alain Mallet, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. He is in demand both as a soloist and as pianist of various ensembles at festivals such as the Newport Jazz festival(10), Club Rex in Toronto, Montreal Jazz Festival(11’, 13’), and the Jazz Festival at Martha’s vineyard. In the Boston area, he performed at Wally’s jazz cafe, Regatta bar, Lily pad as well as at Smalls jazz club, Shapeshifter lab and Jazz Gallery in New York. 


Oasis Cafe : Rina Jo Trio [July - 11]


Oasis Cafe Music Night present Jazz and American Standards with Rina Jo Trio on July 11th. 7 PM at ECC.

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RJT is a jazz trio consisting of three international Berklee musicians. Pianist, Rina, comes from South Korea and is accompanied by bassist, Marcelo, from Brazil as well as drummer, Kelvin, from Indonesia. Because of our diverse backgrounds and influences, our music becomes very unique and eclectic. In this set, we will be featuring vocalist, Catey Esler, from Chicago, who brings a captivating sultry yet sweet sound to the group. Together, we will be playing some standards and two of Rina’s own compositions, entitled "Heaven" and "Not Yet.” 
The set will also include beloved American standards such as “Bewitched”, “You are too beautiful” and “My Way” as well as jazz classics “So What” (Miles Davis) and Billie’s Bounce (Charlie Parker).

The set will include the following: 

1) Bewitched By Richard Rodgers/ arranged by Minjin Rina Jo
2) You are too beautiful by Rodgers/Hart
3) Just friend by Klemmer/Lewis
4) I remember Clifford by Benny Golson
5) My Way by Gilles Thibaud
6) So What by Miles Davis
7) Billies’e Bounce by Charlie Parker
8) Heaven, composed by Minjin Rina Jo


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Musical Ladies - an Evening of Songs from Favorite Musicals [June 20, 7 PM]

Broadway to Boston Theater Company (B2B, Heather Lee, director), a group of musical chanteuses and local musicians, presents “Musical Ladies” on June 20th, Sat. (7 PM) at the Children’s Chapel in ECC of The Korean Church of Boston (KCB). B2B is donating their talent for this concert, a part of the on-going Oasis Café Music Night series by the domestic mission committee of the KCB. Oasis cafe aims to enrich cultural life of people in the community and provide performance opportunities for young up-and-coming artists. In this concert, Jina Jung, Ian DePriest and Heather Lee will present songs from popular musicals both old and new with Kyumin Shim, a Berklee-NEC jazz pianist, on the piano. The program is directed by Heather Lee (stage) and Robin Cho (music). The concert is free (suggested donation of $10). It is sponsored by KCB and the Korean American Cultural Foundation of Greater Boston (KACF). 

Jina Jung has a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. She appeared in the musical “Jesus Christ Super Star (Maria)”, “Beauty and the Beast, Swing" (Bell, Barbette) as well as highlight shows of “The Phantom of the Opera (Christine)", "Grease, (Sandy)” among others. She also performed as a member of KBS broadcasting. She won a Korean National Drama Award for Best New Actress. She is currently the director of Boston Korean Musical Singers and performs at the community & church concerts. 

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Heather Lee is the director of the Broadway to Boston (B2B) Theater Company. She directed Blessed and Joyful Night and Broadway to Hollywood with B2B. She also performed in The King and I as Mrs. Anna (B2B, MA), West Side Story as Rosalia (B2B, MA), Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton & Velma Kelly (B2B, MA), Ruth: The Musical as Naomi (KCB), K-Pop Night (KCB) and participated in Hair as the vocal coach (The Longwood Players, MA), as well as in Cinderella, Snow White: The Musical, and Pippin as the music director. She took on various roles in other concerts: The Yodler as the director (the Alpin Rose Yodel Club, Korea), Harvard International Night, Harvard Commencement Concert, Harvard annual Christmas Concert, Handel Society Annual Concerts, Haydn Society Annual Concerts, Annual Summer Concert Series of the Alpin Rose as a member of performers. She has a ScD in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ian DePriest is a recent Berklee graduate with a B.M. in Professional Music and a focus on songwriting and performance. Past credits include Cabaret (The Emcee), Legally Blonde (Padamadan), and Spring Awakening (Adult Men). He is so excited to be back again this summer and thanks everyone for coming to support this group of people. Enjoy the show!

Born in Seoul, Korea, Kyumin Shim began to play the piano at age 9. His early focus was on classical music, but soon he started playing jazz, winning a prize in the Jazz Music Competition by Seoul Institute of The Arts (SITA), one of the best music schools in Korea.The following year, SITA admitted him with a full scholarship. Since 2009, he has studied at Berklee college of music on a scholarship, where he worked with Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, and Alain Mallet. After graduating from Berklee, he moved on to New England Conservatory where he obtained the Master of Music degree, studying with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. Over the years, he has performed widely both as a soloist and as pianist of various ensembles. He performed at festivals such as the Newport Jazz festival(10), Club Rex in Toronto, Montreal Jazz Festival(11’, 13’), and the Jazz Festival at Martha’s vineyard while actively appearing in local venues such as Wally’s jazz cafe, Regatta bar, Lily pad in Boston and Smalls jazz club, Shapeshifter lab, Jazz Gallery in New York. His collaborators include Dave Liebman, Jeff Galindo and Miguel Zenon among others. 

Jieun Jang was born in Seoul, Korea. She earned her B.F.A in painting from Hongik University in Korea in 2007, and received her M.F.A in studio art from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2015. Jang has worked in drawing, sculptural installation, and video. She has participated in volunteer projects at nonprofit organizations around the world, including cultural exchange, relief work at refugee camps, and making a documentary film about women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her volunteer work has inspired her to explore the potential social impact of her work. 
For inquiries, contact 617-739-2663.

Concert for Peace - Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Choir

Our friends at the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Chorus are joining forces for the Concert for Peace in May 16th (Sat) 7:30 PM. The program will include the Mass in G by Schubert, Arirang (based on the popular Korean folk melody), as well as pieces to commemorate the victims of the Sewol Ferry incident from last year. The concert will be held at the Saint John’s Methodist Church, 2600 Mass Av. Lexington. Admission is free.


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Scenes from Our Annual Concert Nov 15, 2014

As part of our fundraiser, we had superb classical music performance by Eunae Koh, violin, and Jee Hae Ahn on piano. Eunae also collaborated with a young dancer, Flora Kim, performing a piece set to the original music of the composer Jae Hyeok Jang, who also gave an interesting concert for KACF last Spring on the theme of Korean “Han”. 

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Collaboration with the modern dancer, Flora Kim


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Hwaum Boston Chamber Concert [March 21 Sat. 7:30PM]

KACF co-sponsors the Spring Concert by Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra. The program features the Overture to Der Freishutz, Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 and Grieg’s Piano concerto. (Yoo Jin Noh, pianist) Mark your calendar 3.21 (Sat) 7:30 PM at Granoff Music Center, Tufts University. 

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KACF co-sponsors the tribute concert for Dongjun Yun, the famous Korean Poet

This event is now scheduled for [Mar 21 Sat 7:30 PM] 

The concert is to be held at ECC Children’s chapel at the Korean Church of Boston, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA.

Free admission.

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For more information about the performers and previous concerts, visit the organizer’s web site at http://www.snowingmap.com.

For information about Dong-ju Yun, one of the most beloved poets in Korea, here is the Wiki entry about his brief life. 


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별을 노래하는 마음으로 모든 죽어가는 것을 사랑해야지

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Till my last, to suffer not a blot of shame on looking up at heaven,

My heart has been tormented by mere rustlings of the leaves.

In a spirit of chanting stars, I shall love all the moribund lives.

Then, let me walk on my path given.

The wind whisks by stars as ever on this even.


a Teaser for the KACF Evening of Dance and Music [11.15.Sat 5PM]

On November 15th Saturday at 5 PM, KACF will have a concert of dance and chamber music. Here are the superb classical musicians Eunae Koh (v) and JeeHae Ahn (p) rehearsing some of the pieces they will perform. 

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An evening of Klezmer music

KACF is co-sponsoring an evening of klezmer music, Saturday, October 25, 7:00 to 8:30. The band will be Too Klez for Comfort which includes Mike Neufeld, sax, Lisa Geller, bass and vocals, Steve Rauch, clarinet, Isaac Gibbons, drums (not Jay Rauch as shown), Phil Brown, keyboard, John Bassett, cornet, and Tom Rubenoff, trombone. Admission is free.  There will be refreshments. And there will be dancing! For more information: www.koreancultureboston.org.



First concert of Hwaum Chamber Orchestra Season 2014-2015

Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra (Jinwook Park, music director - www.hwaumboston.org ) has its first concert of the 2014-15 season at the First Church in Cambridge. (9.27. Sat. 7:30 PM; 20$/ticket, Students Free) The program includes pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Janacek, Schoenberg and Respighi. 

Hwaum was founded in 2013 to help and sponsor young musicians and enrich our cultural life through classical music concerts. Each season, Hwaum gives two regular concerts as well as the chamber music series and various charity concerts. In the last season, they included concerts for the North Korean Refugees,  Blessed Lament (for KACF), and the memorial concert for the victims of Seweol accident.

In coming months, it will also perform in Rhode Island (10.5), as part of the 250th anniversary of Brown University festivities. For tickets and other information, contact sooihnee@comcast.net or 978.821.9434. 


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Last October, KACF co-sponsored the Korean Cultural Festival in which the Kayageum player TeRra Han graced the concert along with many musicians familiar from our recent concerts. Among the highlights, the concert featured an interesting juxtaposition of the highly experimental Paintbrush Orchestra and the footages of video art by Nam June Paik who is considered the father of the modern video art. Last May, TeRra had her own spin on Nam June Paik, playing music by the eminent classical composer Sukhi Kang of Korea in the prestigious National Modern Art Museum as well as at the Seoul National University. The concert also featured the German musician Roland Breitenfelt on electronic sound.


Sumie Kaneko, another dear musician friend of ours, spent a busy Summer week as the invited performer for the Dhaka Summer Concert in Bangladesh. 




Oasis Cafe with Seungho Jang Quintet

KACF is co-sponsoring the upcoming Oasis Cafe concert with superb Berklee Jazz musicians led by Seungho Jang. The quintet will try to cool the temperature with some cool jazz.  


The lineup has musicians from

Trumpet - Cosimo Boni

T.sax - Gregory Groover Jr.

Drums - Tiago Michelin 

Piano - Jaehun Kang

Bass - Seungho Jang


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Broadway to Hollywood - an Evening of Musical Numbers from The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago

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KACF is co-sponsoring the upcoming concert titled “Broadway to Hollywood”, an evening of musical numbers from such favorite musical-films as The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago.

The newly formed group “Broadway to Boston Theater Company” (B2B - Heather Lee, leader; Robin Cho, music director) is composed of veteran musical performers and musicians in the Boston area with Korean roots, and aims to further enrich the music culture for the community audience while creating various performance opportunities for the budding musical talents. In their inaugural concert, hosted by ECC Oasis Cafe and co-sponsored by KACF, the program is built around segments of three beloved musicals from the past and the recent: The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago. The evening promises to be a delightful sampling of exciting and beautiful moments from these classics. The casts include veteran and budding musical talents backed by the superb band of Berklee musicians. The concert is free for seniors and children. Donation of 10$ or more for regular admission would be great and help us support musicians.

The following are the bios of the cast:

Gina Chung has a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. She appeared in the musical “Jesus Christ Super Star (Maria)”, “Beauty and the Beast, Swing" (Bell, Barbette) as well as highlight shows of “The Phantom of the Opera (Christine)", "Grease, (Sandy)” among others. She also performed as a member of KBS broadcasting. She won a Korean National Drama Award for Best New Actress. She is currently the director of Boston Korean Musical Singers. 

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Hugh Cha appeared in Off Broadway shows such as Bronze Mirror(Fang Hou/Second Master) and Chalk Circle(Guard). He lso performed  in The King and I as Lun Tha (Lyric Theatre of OK), Anything Goes-Luke (North Shore Music Theatre, MA), Proper Place-Tomsett/Tiger (Goodspeed Opera House, CT), Archives & Etchings(Principle Dancer), Miss Saigon(Thuy) in various parts of the US; Film Credits include A Story of the Woods(Lead, Rochester Film Festival Shoestring Trophy), Love Me Tango. He also performed as dancer in Ground Hounds Breakdance Crew, Kinnect Modern Dance Company, ROC Multicultural Dance Group; MFA, Boston Conservatory, BFA, Brigham Young University. (www.hughcha.com) 


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Heather Lee performed in Ruth The Musical as Naomi (KCB), K-Pop Night(KCB) and participated in Hair as the vocal coach (The Longwood Players, MA), as well as in Cinderella, Snow White The Musical, and Pipin as the director. She took on various roles in other concerts: The Yodler as director (the Alpin Rose Yodel Club, Korea), Harvard International Night, Harvard Commencement Concert, Harvard annual Christmas Concert, Handel Society Annual Concerts, Haydn Society Annual Concerts, Annual Summer Concert Series of the Alpin Rose as a member of performers. She has a ScD in School of Public Health from Harvard University.

Ian DePriest majors in theater performance at Berklee College of Music. Past credits include Legally Blonde (Padamadan),Hair (Ensemble), and Into The Woods (Cinderella's Prince).  


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Robin Cho (Music Director) is a composer and pianist from Berklee College of Music and has been actively playing in the field of dance and theater. She composed the music for "Ruth: The Musical". She joined the B2BTC as the music director. 

Martha Simmons (Choreographer) is a native Texan who just recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with an MFA in Musical Theater. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Dorothy (Millie), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Scotty (Merrily We Roll Along), and Tammy (Hairspray!). She has performed at TMEA, TETA, been a recording vocalist for Stemscope Music Educational Records, and been in three small films; Sub-Normal, El Nino, and Quitting Time. On top of performing she is also a choreographer and has choreographed many things in the Dallas & Central Texas area as well as assisted with shows at The Boston Conservatory including Hair and Elegies. While attending Boston Conservatory she has also worked for her church here in Boston, City on a Hill Church, helping lead worship.

The members of the band are Chungsung Ethan Kim (Piano), Lydia Yu-Lin Wang (Violin), Seungho Jang (Bass).

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Memorial Concert for the Victims of Seweol Ferry Accident



Scenes from recent KACF Spring Concert "Blessed Lament"

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'Blessed Lament' - an evening of talks and original music on the Korean Han [April 26 Sat 7:30 PM]

This coming Saturday on April 26, Korean American Cultural Foundation presents “Blessed Lament : Talks and Original Music inspired by Korean Han (Bitter Sorrow)"


Suggested donation 10$ at the door; Students/Seniors free. For reservation, contact KACF at info@koreancultureboston.org. Light snack and drinks provided during intermission.

The program features original music composed by Jae Hyeok Jang accompanied by his lecture and include the following:
Lecture about Han and My Music (Jae Hyeok Jang, composer)"Heavenly Peace"  for flute and piano“Longing I, II” for soprano and piano"Bird, Bird Bluebird” for violin solo"Nocturne for a Whispering Violin”, violin“Echo” for voice and piano"Blessed Lament”  for flute, violin and piano. The last piece was commissioned by KACF. 

Performers are Jae Hyeok Jang (composer & piano)Jin Wook Park (violin) - Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra, conductorYoumi Cho (soprano)Jisun Oh (flute)Yoengsin Kim (mezzo), Eunae Koh (violin) and Eun Hee Seok (piano).

According to the composer:

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The sentiment of “han” is precious to Koreans. Han contains love and pain, joy and sorrow, and longing; there is spirituality in han. I believe that the sentiment of han can be sublimated into a life of hope, beyond the lament. If han lets one meet God and come to know His providence and guidance, then it is a blessing. To know God’s providence means that a life of pain and despair changes into a life of blessing and hope. This is what I understand to be the sentiment of han. I am pleased to be able to introduce han as a blessing through my music at this concert. Various ensembles will portray the sentiments of violent anger, understanding and acknowledgement, longing and hope, and blessing. As a contemporary classical composer and a church musician, I am happy to share the sentiment of han with the audience and to teach about traditional Korean music such as shijo-chang.

Dr. Jae Hyeok Jang is a Korean-born composer who has deep roots in the eastern culture and composes music in the spirit and image of Korea. He uses the Korean emotions, based particularly on han or “bitter sorrow”. He continually explores ways to express han in various musical contexts and styles using contemporary musical vocabularies.Jang studied composition at Keimyung University (B.A.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), and Boston University (D.M.A.), and has finished master’s program in conducting at Boston University. He studied composition with Lukas Foss, Samuel Headrick, Marjorie Merryman, Nils Viegeland, and Aaron Jay Kernis; and studied at Mozarteum Summer Academy, IRCAM, Conservatoire Americain Fontainebleau, and Acanthes Avignon Music Festival with Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaaja Saariaho, Marco Stroppa, and Samuel Adler. Jang has written commissioned works for Boston University Tanglewood Music Institute, Da-ism International Contemporary Music Festival, Boston Korean-American Cultural Foundation and Parkway Concert Orchestra. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and America including CMS (College Music Society) conferences. His music was premiered on Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS), and he received the Best Contemporary Piece for Performance Award at Conservatoire Americain Fontainebleau in France. Most recently, he gave a lecture about Sijo-chang and his compositions at Contemporary Composition Conference at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland.Jang studied both orchestral and choral conducting, has conducted Moody Oratorio Chorus & Chamber Orchestra, Romania Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Fontainebleau String Ensemble and New England Korean Church Festival Choir & Orchestra, and directed Exeter Symphonia Orchestra, Choir at Korean Presbyterian Church in Greater Boston, Boston Korean Chorus and Chicago Little OL Korea Arts Foundation. Jang taught at Boston University and Phillips Exeter Academy, and currently teaches at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago as an assistant professor and the coordinator of composition program.


Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra "Russian Music Night"


[Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra (Jinwook Park, conductor) and the pianist JeeHae Ahn, playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No 2 @ Granoff Music Center, Tufts University.]

The following is an excerpts from the local press reporting on the concert: [go to  the original article]


또 하나의 아름다운 음악회가 창조됐다. 화음 보스톤 챔버의 ’봄 음악회2014’ 이다. 지난 22일 Tufts대 Granoff  Music Center에서 열린 봄 음악회는 특별히 여러 분야의 분들로부터, 또 음악회의 여러 면에 대해 많은 찬사를 받은 Spring Concert 였다. 이번 음악회를 책임 진 화음 보스톤의 대표 입장에서 볼 때 우리 한인오케스트라 ‘화음 보스톤’의 젊은 연주자들이 너무나 자랑스러웠고 기획자로써도 보람 있는 값진 음악회였다. 박진욱 음악감독의 음악적 역량과 열정을 다시 한 번 확인하는 훌륭한 연주였고, 피아니스트 안지혜 씨(변화경교수 사사)의 라흐마니노프  피아노 Concerto No.2연주는 최상의 수준이었기에 모든 관객이 숨죽이며 감상한 멋진 봄 음악회였다. 경쾌하고 생동감 있는, 모짜르트의 ‘피가로의 결혼’서곡으로 이쁘게 시작된 음악회는, 곧이어 모든 음악애호가에게 사랑 받는 차이코프스키의 ‘비창’과 라흐마니노프의 피아노콘체르토 No.2 , 두 대곡을 한자리에서 감상할 수 있는 좋은 기회였다. 너무도 잘 알려진 곡들이지만 오디오로 들을 때와는 비교할 수 없는, 너무도 생생해서 그 섬세한 색채와 화음이 눈에 보이는 듯 세세하고 민감한, 아름다운 부분들이 오감을 통해 직접적으로 느껴져서, live로 들을 때에 visual또한 그 음악의 진수를 맛보는데 큰 도움이 된다는 것을, 나 자신이 사랑하는 이 곡들을 들으며 보며 새삼 느꼈다.  한마디로 대곡의 진가를 마음껏 음미할 수 있는 훌륭한 음악회였다. 연주자들도 리허설을 하면서 이 음악들을 진심으로 enjoy 하며 열심으로 연습했다는 얘길 들었기 때문에, 관객과 연주자가 하나되는 기쁨이 있어 참으로 보람이 있었다. 또한 음악회정보를 달라고 전화해주신 많은 분들과 여러 얘기를 직접 나누며 교류할 수 있었던 것도 좋은 경험이었다. 구순을 바라보는 한 어르신과는, 차이코프스키와 라흐마니노프의 레퍼토리에 대해, 또 음악을 사랑한 일생에 대해 얘기를 나누며 친분을 나누었고, 한국 입양아를 둔 미국가정과 국제결혼을 하신 분, 음악공부를 하는 자녀를 둔 한인 분들 등 많은 사람들과 여러 가지 이야기를 나누면서 한인오케스트라에 대한 자부심과 기대를 나누는 기회가 되기도 했다. 한 러시안 관객은 큰 감동으로 음악을 들었다면서, 러시안 커뮤니티에 ‘Russian Night Concert’ 광고가 전달되지 않은 것을 몹시 아쉬워했다. 그 관객은 화음 보스톤의 높은 수준에 감탄을 연발했고, 앞으로 화음 보스톤의 활동을 더 넓게 알리자고 용기를 북돋아주기도 했다.
화음보스톤의 창단취지대로 이 지역의 뛰어난 재능을 가진 한인음악가들에겐 좋은 연주 기회를 주어 밀어주고,  Korean으로서의 자부심을 갖게 해주는 수준 높은 음악회로 한인사회에 문화적 기여가 이루어지는 역할을 해나가는 한인오케스트라가 될 것을 다짐해본다.  화음 보스톤 챔버는 한 해 두 번의 정기연주회와 세 번의 화음 챔버 앙상블 연주, 병원 방문 연주, 또 ‘집으로 찾아온 클래식 음악회 house concert’등으로 다양하게 일 년 기획을 준비하고 있다. 화음 보스톤 챔버는 우리가 사는 보스톤 지역 전문 음악인들로 구성돼 있다. 아름답게 성장해 나갈 수 있도록 많이 많이 성원해 주시고 기대해 주시고 또 지켜봐 주시기 바란다. 다음 연주는 5월에 화음 챔버 앙상블로 추진되고 있다. www.hwaumboston.org  (장수인 화음보스톤 대표) 
The concert was co-sponsored by KACF.

Scenes from Seungho Jang Quintet Concert

I remember you

The quintet whose members included two Koreans, two Israelis, and an American, presented five Jazz standards. After the concert, the musicians, audience mingled and shared food provided by our friends at ECC.


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Jaehun Kang (center) is soon to head off to Julliard School Masters program.


Our friend Kiwoong Choi (who has led a series of Summer Jazz concerts for us last year as well as other concerts) with his brand new camera.

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A snapshot with the head of KACF(near center), ECC programming committee members and friends from Brookline neighborhood. 


Korean News Article about Terra Han

Terra Han, the kayageum player who graced our gala concert last October of 2013 spent busy months in Korea. Her upcoming recital was recently picked up by a prominent music columnist for one of the premier Korean news papers. [한국일보 2014.03.24 A28면]

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6세기 가야의 우륵에서 21세기의 강석희까지, 가야금 주자 한테라(32 韓泰來)가 기꺼이 떠안은 예술의 업보는 문자 그대로 시공을 초월한다. 재즈 뮤지션도 모자라 전위적 색소폰 주자 존 존(John Zorn)마저도 자연스레 자신의 영역으로 끌어들이는 그녀를 만나 변신이란 말은 상투어가 된다. 분명 본인에게는 살짝 뒤척임, 즉 번신(飜身)이었는지도 모르지만 그것은 결국 변혁의 연속이었다. 길지 않은 세월 안에 이뤄낸 그 눈부신 궤적을 쫓아가는 것만으로도 숨가쁠 지경이다.

영어에 자신 있는 사람들은 영문판 위키피디아를 보는 편이 더 낫겠다. ‘한테라(Han Terra)’라고 검색해 보자. 정통에서 전위까지를 망라하는 사실(fact)들이 긴 두름으로 엮여 있다. 전통과 변혁은 이렇게 공존할 수도 있는 법인가. “10대 초반에 성금연 최옥삼 김죽파 가야금 산조 전바탕을 떼고, 가야금 수석으로 국립국악고등학교를 졸업한 뒤, 고등학교장 추천제 수시 전형으로 서울대 국악과에 입학” 등. 국내 주요 경력의 뒤를 “2010년 가야금 연주자로는 최초로 미국 록펠러 재단 장학생으로 선정”이라는 새 이정표가 잇는다. 뉴욕 문화와의 해후는 필연이었던 셈이다.

그 곳에서 실험ㆍ즉흥ㆍ전위 음악의 진수와 그는 충돌했다. 현대 재즈의 거물 존 존은 물론 필립 글래스, 스티브 라이히 등 미니멀리즘의 거장들이 그 가야금에 감복했다. 이를 테면 존의 소감은 이러했다. “(테라가)내게서 받은 음악적 영향이 있다면 오히려 내가 감사할 지경이다.”

뉴욕 거주 직전, 일본으로 건너 가 본격적으로 가야금을 소개하는 시간이 있었다. 고토, 샤미센 등 일본의 전통 악기들을 배우고 가야금으로 일본 고유의 음악을 해석했다. 맛보기를 넘어선, 문화 교류의 참 의미를 새삼 새기게 하는 행보였다.

그가 맘 먹고 서울에 왔다. 물과 불의 공존을 보여주려는 듯, 정통과 진보를 아우른다. 옴니버스 식의 구색 갖추기가 아닌, 자신의 본령을 확인하고 천명하는 자리다.

지난 7일 서울 이유진갤러리를 필두로 닻을 올린 갤러리 콘서트가 19일 대전 갤러리이안, 20일 서울 갤러리담을 거쳐 4월 19일 잠실 롯데갤러리 등지로 이어지는 일정이 먼저다. 15세까지 스승 김일륜에게서 전수 받은 성금연, 최옥삼, 김죽파 류 등 전통 가야금의 주류를 확인하는 현장이다. 이번 내한 공연은 뉴욕, 도쿄, 파리 등지에서 5개 국어를 구사해 가며 벌인 갤러리 연주회의 근황을 확인할 기회다. 이상은 그의 절반이다.

또 다른 절반, 현대 음악과의 연관에서 우리는 달의 이면과 맞닥뜨린다. 현재는 4월 중순께로 출발점이 잡혀 있는 ‘한테라의 가야금 Révélation(계시ㆍ폭로ㆍ재발견이라는 뜻의 불어)’. 바로 앞에 그는 ‘세계적작곡가 강석희 팔순 기념 헌정 음악회’라는 짧은 팻말을 달아 두었다. 가야금 현대음악연구회도 뜻을 함께 한다. “연주회에서는 산조 가야금, 풍류 가야금, 25현 가야금 등이 등장하죠. 내 작품을 국악 쪽 시각에서 재조명하는 것은 처음입니다.” 80이라는 나이는 미상불 숫자에 불과한 듯, 이 왕성한 현역 작곡가는 어떤 기대에 부풀어 있다.

분당에 따로 마련한 작곡 작업실 풍경은 여전하다. 밀집한 도서와 자료 탓에 품위 있게 대화하기는 애초에 글렀다. 그가 20여 년 전 주문해 만든 진공관 앰프와 수제 스피커가 이 공간의 성격을 말해 주고 있다. “저음 특성이 우수하죠.” 독일 전자음악 스튜디오는 한계치의 큰 소리를 수시로 구사하는 까닭에 청력이 멀쩡한 전자음악 작곡가가 없다, 독일 스튜디오가 학문적이라면 프랑스는 실용적이다 등등 현대 음악계의 뒷풍경을 전하는 노작곡가의 거동이 조금은 불편하다. 동짓달 눈 많이 오던 날, 길 가다 미끄러져 다리를 약간 다쳤다.

“선생님을 국악적으로 오마쥬 하는 거에요. 자신의 전공 분야를 벗어난 작업인데도 적극적으로 대담하게 표현한 건 대단한 일이죠.” 한국에서는 2010년 이후 처음인 이번 독주회의 성격을 설명한다. ‘예불’ ‘취타향’ ‘명’ ‘가야금을 위한 다섯 개의 정경’ 같은 스승의 국악적 작품은 당연히 한씨의 2004년 서울대 음대 국악과 졸업 논문 등 줄기찬 탐구의 주제였다.

‘평창의 4계’ ‘니르마나카야’ ‘부루’ 등 강씨의 대표작이 가야금으로 연주되;기는 처음이다. 한씨의 어깨가 무겁다. 작곡가가 거는 기대의 부하도 덤으로 실려 있다. “예를 들어 작곡 당시는 기계적 미니멀리즘을 구사해 차가운 선율이었던 것이 가야금 연주에 얹히니 인간미를 띠게 될 거에요.” 앵콜곡으로 비틀즈의 히트곡 ‘Get Back’이 준비돼 있다니 호기심이 동하지 않을 수 없다. 실은 강씨가 1986년에 일본 도시바 레코드의 위촉으로 지어둔 작품이다.

그런데 다분히 암시적인 공연 타이틀은 무엇을 겨눈 것일까. 서양 음악의 관습을 공부한 작곡가들이 가야금을 못다 이해하고 지은 작품들에서는 어떤 이물감이 느껴지기 십상이다. 한테라는 그런 이물감이 극복됐음을 확인할 것이라고 자신했다. “크게 봐서는 산조의 본래 개념인 연주자 중심주의와 부합하는 거죠.” 8순이라는 시점적 문제를 넘어선, 보다 본질적인 이유가 있는 것이다.

가야금의 특수성을 하드웨어적으로 입증하는 보기 드문 자리이기도 하다. 25현 가야금을 위해 작곡된 ‘가야금을 위한 다섯 개의 정경’은 다스름(조율)의 개념을 확장해 가야금 연주로서는 처음으로 안족(雁足)의 위치를 고쳐 연주한다. 그 같은 조옮김을 3분 안에 해 내는 광경은 분명 볼거리일 것이다. 중요한 것은 그것이 노장 강석희의 미학적 선택이라는 점. 그 과정까지 음악의 일부로 받아들이자는 뜻으로 절대 즉흥이나 해프닝의 차원이 아니다. 우연이 아니라 의도된 사건, 즉 창작의 일부인 것이다.

나이는 숫자에 불과했다. 두 세대는 떨어진 이들의 만남은 2004년 한테라가 학사 논문을 준비하며 이뤄졌다. 당시는 기교적으로 난곡(難曲)이었던 강씨의 가야금 곡 ‘다섯 개의 정경’에 대한 분석을 애송이 학사가 시도했다. “당시 내게는 심각했던, 현대 음악과 가야금 사이의 괴리를 극복해 보고 싶었어요.” 듣고 있던 스승, “당시 한국 악기의 연주력이 기술적으로 퇴화하고 있다고 느껴 가장 난곡을 연주하고 나면 늘 것이라는 기대감에서 지은 곡”이라 거들었다. 가야금은 세계 혹은 음악의 본질로 나아가는 통로다.

“내 생각으로는, 강 선생님은 연주자로서의 나를 분명 좋아하실 거에요.” 한테라의 말은 칩거하듯 작업에 몰두 중인 노대가의 마음 한 켠을 따스하게 했을 것이다. 여전히 그는 대형 악보와 씨름하는 현역이다. 작곡 위촉은 여전히 그를 고무하는 자극제다. “88올림픽 개막식 때의 ‘프로메테우스의 불’을 비롯해 내가 발표한 모든 작품은 위촉을 받은 곡이다.” 프로로서 당연한 일이라는 설명. 그러나 제자가 바치는 이번 콘서트는 냉철할 것만 같은 현대 음악 속에 흐르는 온기로 채워지는 자리다.

2006년 대관령음악제가 위촉한 ‘봄(평창의 사계 중)’은 아름다움에 대한 전통과 현대의 개념이 어우러진다. 바이올린 솔로가 테라의 가야금이다. 1976년 작 ‘부루’에서는 테라의 춤과 노래까지 곁들여지니 문자 그대로 악가무의 총체극이 된다. 가야금의 몸통까지 타악기로 변한다. 모든 부위가 악기로 역할한다. 어릴 적 자신에게 책 읽어 주던 어머니의 목소리를 구현한 이 작품이 임자를 만난 것이다.

세 개의 유파를 마스터한 소녀는 국악고 2학년으로 접어 들며 모든 게 시들해져 호기심을 잃게 됐다. 정규 과정보다 더 어려운 것을 하고 싶다는 갈증 끝에 가야금을 그만 둘까도 생각할 정도였다. 서울대 음대 국악과도 실마리를 제공하지 못한 난제였지만, 당시 한국의 세계적 작곡가라며 친구가 알려 준 강석희의 존재는 그를 구원했다. 대학 4학년 때 친구 소개로 인사했다. “예술적인 문제에서는 민족주의자적 시각에 갇혀서는 안 된다는 말씀은 아직도 생생해요.” 누구보다도 전통음악 수련을 견고하게 한 그에게 신지평이 그렇게 열린 것이다.

한테라의 행보를 받쳐 주는 것은 견결한 자존감이다. 해외 콘서트에서 왜 서양인들이 가장 전통적인 가야금 산조나 가진회상 등 정악 전바탕 연주에 열광하는지를 누구보다 잘 안다. 그는 “곧 있으면 가야금 세월 30년”이라 말했다. 한국 최고의 스승을 모셨고, 최소한 자기 음악의 질을 떨어뜨리지 않겠다는 자긍심이 농축돼 있는 말이다.

“나는 편식이 싫다”. 30년 한 우물 판 그가 말했다. 세상의 모든 소리를 가야금으로 할 수 있어야 한다며. 그의 가야금은 그렇다면 가장 믿음직한, 신성 불가침의 용매다. 대척점에 설 지도 모르는 강석희의 작품을 연구하는 근거다. “보다 클래시컬 한 걸 하겠다는 국악인의 자긍심 때문이다. 선생님은 내 자긍심의 징표다.” 그러나 어쩌다 TV에서 부르면 모두 거절한다. 우리 것의 본질을 너무나 쉽게 변질시킨다는 이유에서다.

현재 학생 신분 아닌 아티스트 비자로 뉴욕시 맨해튼에서 살고 있다. 2010년 록펠러재단의 아시아문화협회 (Asia Culture Counsil) 후원 아티스트로 지정된 그를 세계적 음악학자 로버트 프로바인 교수는 “걸어 다니는 예술품(moving work of art)”이라 일컬었다.

한국일보, 장병욱 선임기자

original news article can be found here


Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra - Russian Night [Mar 22 Sat 7:30 PM]

 On March 22, a concert by Hwaum Boston Chamber will be held at Tufts university at 7:30. This will be a great opportunity for you and your family to enjoy. As you can see in the poster, it will be the Russian night featuring ever-popular Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 ‘Pathetique”. So please come to the concert.

Hwaum Boston Chamber


Oasis Cafe presents Seungho Jang Quintet [Mar 15 Sat 7 pm]

KACF is co-sponsoring the Oasis Cafe which opens this year’s series with superb Berklee Jazz musicians led by Seungho Jang on Bass. 


The line up has musicians from Canada, Israel, US and Korea:

Guitar-Andrew Marzotto
T.sax- Gregory Groover Jr.Drum- Noam Israeli Piano-Jaehun KangBass- Seungho Jang
They are members of Berklee Global Jazz Institute Orange Group Ensemble

The program will include the following Jazz standards:
- I remember you - I'll remember April 
- Granada
- Con Alma 
- It might as well be Spring


Interview with TeRra Han and Professor David R. McCann

We had a chat with Professor David McCann of Harvard University and TeRra Han, the Kayageum player who will perform in the upcoming Gala Concert. 

They talked about various aspects of Korean culture, its music, literature. 


Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra concert

Our friends at Hawum Chamber Orchestra is giving a concert on Oct 6.

Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra charity concert poster  Donation to KSNE Oct 6th 2013


2013 KACF Fundraiser Dinner and Gala Concert

Poster sonnet

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