Chae Suk Lee Kayagu­m Recital

One of Korea’s lead­ing kayagu­m artists, Chae Suk Lee, will give a recital in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa 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 kayagu­m 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 School—Soo Youn Kim on komun­go (zither), Joo Min Shin on haegu­m (fid­dle), and Ri Choi on taegu­m (flute).

The kayagu­m, 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 Manoa 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).