Ewha Korean Music Orchestra to Perform Here

Ewha Korean Music OrchestraThe Ewha Kore­an Music Orches­tra will per­form in con­cert Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The eigh­teen-mem­ber group, led by Pro­fes­sor Young Seok Won, is the only all-woman Kore­an music orches­tra. This tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music orches­tra is com­posed of tal­ent­ed Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents major­ing in tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music. Since Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music was estab­lished as a major in the Music Depart­ment in 1974, Ewha has encour­aged stu­dents to cul­ti­vate their tal­ents and tech­niques in tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music and in West­ern and con­tem­po­rary Kore­an music at the same time.

The orches­tra con­sists of three groups of relat­ed musi­cal instru­ments that could be cat­e­go­rized as wood­winds (daegeum and pipes), per­cus­sion, and strings (gayageum, geo­mun­go, haegeum, and ajaeng). Their aes­thet­ics and musi­cal style are not lim­it­ed to pre-mod­ern Kore­an music. Though root­ed in the Kore­an tra­di­tion, they incor­po­rate West­ern and con­tem­po­rary music into their reper­toire, includ­ing orches­tral, court, and cham­ber music. The orches­tra also per­forms new­ly cre­at­ed com­po­si­tions for a con­tem­po­rary glob­al audience. 

The con­cert, titled “Ewha Fan­ta­sy,” is a spe­cial event to raise funds for the Hawaii Ewha Alum­nae Asso­ci­a­tion Schol­ar­ship. Tick­ets for the con­cert cost $10 and can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing the Hawaii Ewha Alum­nae Asso­ci­a­tion by phone at (808) 741‑0406 or by e-mail at hyeryeon@hawaii.edu.

Ensemble Collabo at Orvis Auditorium

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Depart­ment of Music will present a per­for­mance by the Seoul-based Ensem­ble Col­labo Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um on the Mānoa cam­pus. The ensem­ble com­bines the raw emo­tion­al char­ac­ter of tra­di­tion­al Kore­an instru­ments with their West­ern coun­ter­parts, pre­sent­ing a music that con­nects worlds. 

photo of Gui Sook Lee

Gui Sook Lee

Found­ed and direct­ed by com­pos­er Gui Sook Lee, Ensem­ble Col­labo per­forms a new reper­toire for haegeum, vio­la, geo­mun­go, piano, and Kore­an drums, rep­re­sent­ing an ele­gant and vibrant fusion of Kore­an and West­ern musi­cal sen­si­bil­i­ties. The pro­gram will include four new pieces by Gui Sook Lee as well as one by UH com­po­si­tion and the­o­ry pro­fes­sor Don­ald Reid Womack.

The vis­it­ing artists from Korea, in addi­tion for direc­tor Lee, are Eun Ja Youn (geo­mun­go), Ha Ram Choi (vio­la), Youn Young Sung (haegeum, In Soo Kim (jang­gu), and Ki Jun Lee (piano).

Tick­ets will be avail­able at the door: $12 gen­er­al admis­sion; $8 seniors, UHM faculty/​staff/​students; UHM music majors free. The con­cert is eli­gi­ble for Mus 199 atten­dance cred­it. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone the Music Depart­ment: 808 – 95-MUSIC.

Expired: Gayageum Concert Features Works by UH Composition Students

Yi JiyoungGayageum vir­tu­oso Ji-young Yi will present a con­cert of world-pre­mière per­for­mances of works by Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa com­po­si­tion stu­dents on Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 28, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at 2411 Dole Street on the Mānoa campus. 

Prof. Yi, a dis­tin­guished fac­ul­ty mem­ber at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and one of Korea’s most-rec­og­nized tra­di­tion­al per­form­ers, is a fea­tured guest-per­former-in-res­i­dence at the UH Music Depart­ment this semes­ter and has worked inten­sive­ly with stu­dents on these works that have been com­posed espe­cial­ly for her.

The con­cert will include com­po­si­tions by Yoomee Baek, Thomas Goedecke, Lim Jae Hyun, Chris Moli­na, Tyler Ono, and Ulung Tanoto.

Tick­ets are $12 gen­er­al admis­sion and $8 for seniors and UH faculty/​staff/​students; UHM music majors free. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone the UH Music Depart­ment at 808 – 95-MUSIC.

UH Student is Winner of Overseas Korean Broadcasting Award

overseas Korean broadcasting award winner Seola KimUni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Mānoa grad­u­ate stu­dent Seo­la Kim is the Grand Prize win­ner in the 2015 Over­seas Kore­an Broad­cast­ing Award com­pe­ti­tion. Kim was cit­ed for the pro­gram “Gugak Gallery,” which she hosts on Radio Seoul Hawaii in Hon­olu­lu. Kim is a Ph.D. stu­dent in com­po­si­tion in the UH Mānoa Music Depart­ment. She is an accom­plished play­er of the Kore­an tra­di­tion­al instru­ment ajeng and is a for­mer vice-chief ajeng play­er of the Kore­an Nation­al Gugak Orches­tra. Her pro­gram “Gugak Gallery” is the only over­seas Kore­an radio pro­gram that spe­cial­izes in Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music, or gugak, and intro­duces lis­ten­ers in Hawaii to a vari­ety of mod­ern and clas­si­cal Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music. “Gugak Gallery” is broad­cast on Radio Seoul Hawaii at 1540 AM every Tues­day from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

overseas Korean broadcasting award winner Seola Kim in Radio Seoul Hawaii studio

Seo­la Kim, far right, at work in the Radio Seoul Hawaii studio.

Korean Traditional Music and Dance L.A.

Korean music program posterJi Yun-Ja will lead a group of more than a dozen musi­cians and dancers in a per­for­mance of Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music and dance at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um Wednes­day, Novem­ber 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Ji, pres­i­dent of the Kore­an Amer­i­can Tra­di­tion­al Music Asso­ci­a­tion in Los Ange­les, is not­ed for “her beau­ti­ful tal­ent of play­ing Korea’s most trea­sured musi­cal instru­ment – the Kayagum.” She was des­ig­nat­ed as for­eign hon­orary suc­ces­sor of Tra­di­tion­al Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Asset by the Kore­an Min­istry of Cul­ture, Sports and Tourism in 2014. 

The per­for­mance is co-spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Music Depart­ment and Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. Tick­ets are $12 gen­er­al admis­sion and $8 for stu­dents, seniors, and UH fac­ul­ty and staff. Admis­sion is free for UH Mānoa music majors. Pur­chase tick­ets at the door only by cash or check.

The pro­gram will include:

  • Taegum solo (bam­boo flute), per­formed by Lee Byung-Sang
  • Folk Dance – San­jo dance, per­formed by Chang Hwa Sook
  • Folk Song – Minyo Hapchang – Im yea­sun, per­formed by Lee Kyong-Ja and Shu Won-Suk
  • Folk Dance – Dos­alpuri, per­formed by Lee Young-Nam
  • Pan­sori – Sarang-ga, per­formed by Lee Kyong-Ja and Shu Won-Suk
  • Folk Dance – Jaeng gang Choom (쟁강춤) dance, per­formed by Juli Kim
  • Kayagum San­jo and Byungchang, per­formed by Ji Yun-Ja
  • Folk Dance – Fan Dance, per­formed by Suh Won Sook, Lee Kyong Ja, and Yoon Sook Young
  • Folk music impro­vi­sa­tion – Shi Nawi, per­formed by Lee Byung Sang, Ji yun Ja, Seo­la Kim, and Juli Kim
  • Folk Dance – Chang­go Chum (Drum Dance), per­formed by Lee Young-Nam
  • Samul­nori, per­formed by Yoon Sook Young and ensemble

Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at is locat­ed at 2411 Dole Street on the UH Mānoa cam­pus. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone (808) 95-MUSIC.