One of Korea’s leading kayaguÂm artists, Chae Suk Lee, will give a recital in Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawai’i at MaÂnoa on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at 7:30 p.m.
Lee will give the audience a taste of various sides of Korean music as as she presents both traditional and contemporary kayaguÂm music, accompanied by Sun Ok Kim on changgo, the hour glass-shaped Korean drum. In addition to Kim, who is a highly sought-after musician herself, Lee will be assisted by UH ethnomusicology professor Byong Won Lee on changgo and students of the UH Music SchoolÃ¢â‚¬â€Soo Youn Kim on komungo (zither), Joo Min Shin on haeguÂm (fiddle), and Ri Choi on taeguÂm (flute).
The kayaguÂm, originated by King Kasil in the sixth century in the kingdom of Kaya, located in the southern part of modern Korea, consists of a soundboard made of paulownia wood and a backboard of chestnut with twelve strings of twisted silk. The zither is used today in a wide variety of Korean musical styles including folk and court repertoire.
Lee holds the highest honor for performing artists in Korea as a member of the Korea National Academy of Arts and is also a Distinguished Professor at Hanyang University and a professor emerita at Seoul National University, where she taught for forty years until her retirement.
A seasoned performer throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, she has also taught at Cambridge University, the University of London, and at the University of Hawai’i at MaÂnoa in 1996 as the Andrews Chair of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies.
The recital is presented by the UHM Music Department and the UHM Center for Korean Studies. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, telephone 95-MUSIC (68742).