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.

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.

Gayageum Virtuoso Performing at Orvis Auditorium

Jiyoung YiThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa Music Depart­ment will present a con­cert by renowned gayageum vir­tu­oso Jiy­oung Yi fea­tur­ing music by the Department’s com­po­si­tion fac­ul­ty as well as tra­di­tion­al reper­toire for the icon­ic instru­ment of Korea on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 3, 2017. The con­cert will take place in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um, 2411 Dole Street, begin­ning at 7:30 p.m.

The con­cert will include music by UH com­posers Michael Foumai, Taku­ma Itoh, Takeo Kudo, Thomas Osborne, and Don­ald Reid Wom­ack, paired with a san­jo, one of the gen­res of the tra­di­tion­al Kore­an reper­toire.

Yi, a 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.

Tick­ets are $12 gen­er­al admis­sion; $8 seniors, UH faculty/staff/students; UHM music majors free.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, see http://manoa.hawaii.edu/music/event/jiyoung-yi-gayageum-concert-1/ or tele­phone the Music Depart­ment at (808) 956‑7756.

Pumba Performance April 29 at Kennedy Theatre

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is pleased to join with the Asia Forum in pre­sent­ing one per­for­mance of the The­atre Gagaŭi­hoe pro­duc­tion of Pum­ba April 29, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in Kennedy The­atre on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus.

This is the thirty-fifth anniver­sary year of the play Pum­ba, which was writ­ten and first pre­sent­ed in 1981 by Si-ra Kim (1945–2001), an activist, poet, and play­wright. Kim staged more than four thou­sand per­for­mances in his life­time. Since his death, his wife, Jung-jae Park, has led the per­for­mance group.

Pum­ba comes from a word repeat­ed in cer­tain songs of street singers and beg­gars from the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. It is an ono­matopoe­ic word for pass­ing gas. Beg­gars would knock on the doors of rich peo­ple and sing and dance until they were giv­en food. If they got no food, they would chant “pum­ba, pum­ba” and yell that the rich per­son deserved to “eat their farts.”

In syn­op­sis, the play’s cen­tral char­ac­ter is Gak­sul, who claims to be an angel from heav­en. He falls asleep starv­ing from the world’s indif­fer­ence and inhos­pi­tal­i­ty. He dreams of knock­ing on a rich person’s door and ask­ing for food. Because of Gaksul’s vol­u­bil­i­ty and skilled per­for­mance of a Kore­an bal­lad, the rich per­son offers him food, and Gak­sul eats. He wakes up, how­ev­er, and real­izes that it was only a dream. Despon­dent, he miss­es his wife Soo­je­by. He rec­ol­lects the time of the Japan­ese occu­pa­tion. He was jailed for fight­ing the Japan­ese but escaped and went to Angel’s Vil­lage. After lib­er­a­tion from Japan, he hears a con­fes­sion of love from a vil­lage girl, Soo­je­by. They get mar­ried, but after a short peri­od of hap­pi­ness, he los­es his wife dur­ing the Kore­an war. His sad­ness and anger go to the extreme. The time returns to the present, and he miss­es Soojeby’s noble love, which was like sal­va­tion for him. He real­izes that life is about giv­ing every­thing we have. He leaves as heaven’s mes­sage brings down the cur­tain end­ing the play.

The co-sponsoring orga­ni­za­tion, the Asia Forum, is a non­prof­it pri­vate non­govern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion in Korea. Its mem­bers include many Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i and East-West Cen­ter grad­u­ates.

Admis­sion to this sin­gle per­for­mance of Pum­ba is free, but space in the the­ater is lim­it­ed. Tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 for fur­ther infor­ma­tion.

Pumba performers