The Scent of Spring (봄의 향기)

KPAC House Concert for Gayageum: The Scent of Spring

Featuring Jung-Hee Oh
A Korean traditional vocal performing artist

Date & Time: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30pm
Location: Korean Performing Arts Center
(12 East 33rd St. 5th Fl., New York, NY 10025)

Free General Admission

The Korean Performing Arts Center (KPAC) will present the House Concert for Gayageum: The Scent of Spring on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm. KPAC is located in Koreatown in Midtown Manhattan so that it can be close to the Korean community. KPAC has offered several concert series each year to give both Korean and general audiences an opportunity to learn more about Korean culture and arts through the performances. This House Concert aims to inform and disseminate Korea traditional performing arts in mainstream America by using traditional instruments, such as the gayageum, geomungo, and haegeum.

The Scent of Spring featuring the gayageum is one of the instrumental concert series that KPAC will present this year. The gayageum is the most well-known Korean traditional zither, and it has 12 silk strings supported by 12 moveable bridges. Traditionally, it is made of pawlonia wood and consists of strings stretched over moveable frets.

This concert will feature the performance of Jung-Hee Oh, a Korean traditional vocal performing artist specializing in Gayageum Byungchang (a vocal genre with self-accompaniment of the gayageum) and Pansori (a traditional storytelling genre performed by a solo vocalist accompanied by a drummer). Ms. Oh is a certified recipient of the Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 23 in Gayageum Byungchang and Gayageum Sanjo. She and her fellow performers will show representative works including Gayageum Sanjo (a style of traditional Korean music involving an instrumental solo accompanied by drumming on the janggu instrument) and Gayageum Byungchang with the song Heungboga. In addition, the concert will consist of cross-cultural instrumental ensemble with western instruments such as the piano and some Korean modernized folk songs played on gayageum.

This concert is free, general admission, and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please call us at 212-921-9344 or email us at events@kpacnyc.org.