Chase Morrin (Harvard/NEC and Berklee) and Do Yeon Kim (Seoul National University/NEC) have performed for KACF concerts last year and earlier this year with enthusiastic response from the Boston area audience. This Summer, they crossed the Pacific ocean to do the same for the Korean audience. Read Do Yeon’s interview with the official blog of the CJ Cultural Foundation at the following link:
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.
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 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."
Belmont World Film will screen the East Coast premiere of the Korean film THE WORLD OF US as part of the 14th Annual Family Festival on Saturday, January 14, at 3:15 PM at the Studio Cinema in Belmont, MA.
According to the organizer of the Festival, it is one of the most beautiful films ever about childhood friendship and not to be missed!
THE WORLD OF US
Saturday, January 14, 3:15 PM
Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA
Directed by Ga-eun Yoon
South Korea | 2016 | 95 min. | Korean with subtitles | Age 8+ ($9)
Sun, a 10 year-old girl from a poor family, is an outcast at school. During summer vacation she meets wealthy Jia, who moves to town to live with her grandmother because her parents are too busy to care for her. The two become best friends, but when school starts, Jia starts to hang out with the cool girls and distances herself from Sun. The two girls eventually realize they have more in common than they think. A rare vivid and delicate portrayal of the life of children.
Tickets: $9. Purchase in advance at http://www.ticketor.com/belmontworldfilm/event/the-world-of-us-24366?treferrer=SJK
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 !
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.
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)
If you are interested in finding what contemporary artists of Korean descent are up to, here is your chance this month.
According to the organizer of the show, "All Together Now" is a multimedia event bringing together artists from NYC and Boston, and making space for women, people of color, and LGBTQ in collaboration with allies.
In the upcoming show at Boston (Lilypad, Cambridge - 6.25. 9 PM), it will feature three talented artists of Korean-American heritage: Hye Yun Park is a writer, actor, film producer, and comedian living in Brooklyn, NYC. Diana Oh is a musician, actor, and performance artist living in Brooklyn, NYC. Jane Park is a musician living in Boston, MA. For more details about the performers, check out their profiles. Tickets available through the FB page at https://www.facebook.com/events/277260275942002/
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:
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.)
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
Seungho Jang (bass) is graduating from Berklee with a Master’s degree this summer, but before that he had some business to finish. One of them was to play as a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors group in the Bimhuis Amsterdam, winning the first prize! Also shown in the photo is the drummer Noam Israeli (far right) who played in Seungho Jang Quintet last Summer. Congratulations. How do you cash a big check like that?
Seungho was earlier this year captured on the stage with the legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano. Sweet.
Terra Han, the gayageum player who headlined the Korean Cultural Festival in 2013 is busy in Korea and in the US. Recently she sent a news of giving a seminar in KAIST, the Korean Advanced Institute of Technology. She also performed several versions of Gayageum.
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.
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 email@example.com .
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.
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.
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:
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:
Scenes from the first rehearsal of the pieces
Oyuwa - a concerto for 25-string Gayageum
Village Music by Michael-Thomas Foumai
*** 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!
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.
Many of our musician friends who performed in Oasis Cafe or other sponsored events have graduated, moved on and are busy building their career. As of this summer, we have many great news from them!
I-Yun Chung, the leader of the group Aires de Argentina, who brought exciting world music to early days of the Oasis cafe series, had moved to San Francisco a while back, and is now performing as the pianist to the group Tangonero. They expect a CD coming out soon. She also got married recently. Congratulations!
Seungho Jang, who graduated from Berklee recently is now starting the Master’s course at NEC on a scholarship. During his recent visit to Korea, he teamed up with Kiwoong Choi (drums) and Jaehun Kang (piano - now at the Juilliard School of Music) for the old-times’ sake.
Both Kiwoong and Jaehoon seem very happy performing together.
Sumie Kaneko, the Japanese Koto and Shamisen player as well as a superb fusion jazz singer, has recently performed and conversed with an enthusiastic audience at the Museum of Fine Arts. A class act, adding some prestige to her busy resume!
Yumi Bae, who had played for us on several occasions performed as the featured soloist with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra last Spring. The piece was Bloch’s Schelomo, a notoriously difficult rhapsody, but beautifully pulled off.
Kudos to Eunhye Jeong, the leader of Sigimsae, the Berklee - Korean fusion group that had given us the memorable opening number at KCF60. After her graduation, she put out her first CD. It is the fruit of her successful crowd-funding campaign.
TeRra Han, the Kayageum player, has been busy back in Korea for the past year with CDs and performances at the prestigious stages in Korea, Japan and China. This Fall, she will continue her series of full Sanjo performance, including a recital at the Carnegie Hall!
Echae Kang, the jazz violinist, has been busy back in Korea, and there is a growing recognition of her talent. In addition to the duo activities (Echae EnRoute) around the performance scene at the famed Hong-Dae area, she had a series of tour concerts around Italy earlier this Summer.
Eunae Anna Koh, the NEC violinist, who also performed at several events held at ECC chapel, recently placed the 2nd winner at the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition held in New Zealand. You can “hear" the Brahms concerto flowing out of the photo below.
Hiro Honshuku, the veteran jazz musician, and his group Racha Fora have been actively performing in this area as well as in Japan, and they had a new CD out this Summer. It is a tribute to Miles Davis.
We feel very lucky to have had these talented people for our stage.
Oasis Cafe Music Night present Jazz and American Standards with Rina Jo Trio on July 11th. 7 PM at ECC.
Rina Jo Trio
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
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).
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.
Eunae Koh, the NEC violinist, familiar from several recent performances for KACF, performed the Brahms concerto with the NEC orchestra recently:
Seungho Jang who also performed for the the Korean Cultural Festival(KCF) of 2013, as well as leading several Oasis Cafe Jazz concert recently had his recital (along with Kyumin Shim on piano) at Berklee. Here is a scene from the event:
Nayoung Baik, the Berklee violinist, who also performed during the KCF, also gave her senior recital:
Terra Han, who had headlined the KCF just had a solo recital, performing one of the Sanjo pieces complete at a prestigious venue in Korea.
Yumi Bae, the cellist, who played several pieces, some with Ms Han, for KCF and other Oasis cafe concerts, also had one of her recitals toward her doctoral degree, at the Boston University.
Miho Sato, the soprano, who led an interesting concert along with her Japanese friends, is having a Spring concert at St. Paul’s Church, our neighbor:
Sumie Kaneko, our dear friend musician, from KCF as well as Miho’s concert, is becoming a regular headliner in the Dhaka music festival. Here is a picture from last December:
Isaku Kageyama, the Taiko player, performing recently in the East Coast Taiko Conference: