AAS-in-ASIA Conference. Asia in Notion:Beyond Borders and Boundaries / 24-27 June, 2017 / Seoul, Korea

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Opening Performance

Ewha Korean Music Orchestra (70 members, 40 min.)

Inchon Memorial Hall/ Saturday, June 24, 14:00-15:00

Ewha Korean Music Orchestra is a traditional Korean music orchestra composed of talented and devoted Ewha Womans University students majoring in traditional Korean music. Ever since Korean traditional music was established as a major in the music department in 1974, Ewha has trained and encouraged their students to not only cultivate and hone their talents and techniques in traditional Korean music, but also to study and develop Western and contemporary Korean music simultaneously in order to present and perform in a more creative manner.

The orchestra consists of three groups of related musical instruments that could be categorized as the woodwinds (daegeum and pipes), percussion, and strings (gayageum, geomungo, haegeum, and ajaeng). However, their aesthetics and musical style is not limited to pre-modern Korean music alone. Rooted in the Korean tradition, they incorporate Western and contemporary music into their wide variety of repertoires including orchestral, court, and chamber music in their mission to introduce and share the values, spirit, and traditions of Korea and Ewha Womans University with the world.

Repertoire

  1. Celebration Dance [Ch'ugyonmu] (Composed by PARK Bum-Hoon)
  2. Pansori (narrative and dramatic singing) collaboration
  3. The New Boating Song [Sin Paennori] (composed by Won Il)
  4. Welcoming Mountain [Sanmaji](composed by KIM Daeseong)
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Chamber Music

Hyundai Motor Hall (Open Theater, B1 Level) / Sunday, June 25, 15:50-16:20

About the Performers

Violinist Kyung Sun Lee captured sixth prize in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition, a bronze medal in the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Competition, first prizes of the Washington and D'Angelo International Competitions, and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes. Subsequent to winning these awards she has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity as a performer, both domestically and abroad. An accomplished teacher, Lee has been on the violin faculty at both the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Houston, and is currently Associate Professor of Violin at Seoul National University. She has been artist and teacher at music festivals of Aspen, Marlboro, and Ravinia, as well as the Texas Music Festival, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, Euroart Chamber Music Festival in Leipzig, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and both the Green Mountain and Great Mountains Chamber Music Festivals. Lee is a former member of the acclaimed KumHo/Asiana String Quartet of Korea, with whom she performed worldwide. In addition to her busy performing and teaching careers, Lee is in some demand as a judge of international violin competitions such as Corpus Kristi and Isang Yun. She received her education at Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. She plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dating from 1723.

Violinist Lynna Han is a second-grader at Yewon School and has completed Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. As a thirteen-year-old performer with exceptional talent in violin, Lynna has performed in numerous concerts and recitals, as well as winning equally astonishing number of awards. The list is dazzling, but to name a few of her accomplishment, some of the awards and concerts that she has won and appeared in are as follows: Korean Catholic Cultural Center Invited performance (2016); Children's Concert the Great Mountains Music Festival & School for four consecutive years; New Zealand Embassy invitation concert and performance with Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra (2015); the 1st Anniversary Music Concert for G-20 Seoul Summit (2011); 1st prize at the Baroque Competition and 3rd Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition (2014); and the 1st prize at the Youth Hankook Ilbo Competition, the Music Chunchu Competition, the Eumyoun National Music Competition, the Nanpa National Music Competition and the Republic of Korea Music Competition. Also, she has been under the tutelage of Sung-Ju Lee, Sunny Lee, Myung Sun Lee and Kyung Sun Lee.

Cellist Dan-Ah Han is a sixth-grader at Younghoon Elementary School and currently attending Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. As a budding cellist with astonishing talent, she has been on considerable number of concerts and recitals and won numerous awards in cello being only eleven years of age. To name a few, her awards include: The 9th International Karl Davidov Cello competition as the youngest 1st prize (2016); 3rd prize and Audience Prize at the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Russia (2015); Grand prize at Seoul Central Conservatory young artist concert audition (2016); Grand prize at the Yewon Music Competition and 1st prize at the Strad Competition (2014); 2nd prize at the Dresden International Dotzauer Concour and 1st prize at the Baroque Competition (2013). In her endeavor to hone her talent and skill, she has participated in Master Classes taught by Wang Jian, Brooks Whitehouse, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, and Onczay Csaba.

Repertoire

  1. Handel-Halvorsen∥Passacaglia
  2. Pablo Sarasate ll Zigeunerweisen​
  3. Hanki Kim∥Spring of Hometown

Mask Dance

LG-POSCO Hall(Supex Hall, 4F) / Monday, June 26, 15:00-15:30

About the Performance Team

The Greatest Masque (Cheonha jeil tal gongjakso) is a young performing artist group that creates performances that are based on the principle and spirit of the Korean mask dance drama for the contemporary audience. The team is led by two young performers, who have learned the artistry and techniques of Korean Mask Dance Dramas, "Goseong Ogwangdae" (literally, Goseong five clowns) and "Hahoe Pyolshin-gut Tal-nori" (roughly, the mask dance drama of village ritual of Hahoe), which are classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage. They continue to spread the artistry and excellence of the traditional mask dance by spreading the mask, movement, music, and language of many different regions, while continuously creating new works that include the stories of today's societies through new pieces of mask dance dramas.

Performance Repertoire

1. "Lion Dance" from Lion Mask Dance of Bukcheong Region, the National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 15

by Hyun-gi Min, Jae-min Kim (7 minutes)

The Lion Mask Dance of the Bukcheong Region is a lion dance, or traditional mask dance, that was performed in Bukcheong region of Hamgyeong South Province on the day of the first full moon of the lunar year. It focuses on chasing away the evil spirits and praying for the peace and security of the town, by relying on the power of the lion that is known to be the king of the beasts.

2. "Leper's Drum Dance" from Goseong Ogwangdae, the National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 7

by Chang-yeol Huh (13 minutes)

Goseong, Kyungsang North Province is where the mask dances have been passed down and among the those dances Mundungbukchum, or the Leper's Drum Dance, is the first of five acts. First the dance expresses the hopelessness and despair of wanting to give up everything because of the pain of disease. However, the dance shows how the character eventually stands back up again and overcomes his pain by endureing his suffering from inside. You can experience the charm of the Goseong Ogwangdae through the dancer's (who is physically handicapped in the story) unusual body movements, including the way he plays sogo, small Korean drum, as if it was his own body part.

3. "Dance of the Nobleman's Servant" from Hahoe Pyolshin-gut Tal-nori, the National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 69

by Joo-won Lee (10 minutes)

Hahoe-dong, Pungcheon-myeon Andong-city, Kyungsang North Province is where the Hahoe Pyolshin-Gu-Tal-nori is being passed down. It is an incomplete mask dance that is shown through the character's appearance of dancing in an unfounded manner. The character entertains the audience with the ingenuous, silly-looking dancing style and the lines he recites.

Musical Performers

  • Min-wang Hwang (janggu: double-headed drum with a narrow waist in the middle, gu-eum: oral sound)
  • Si-young Sung (taepyeongso: conical oboe, gong)
  • Se-jung You (tungso: six-holed bamboo flute, gong)

Cast Members (7 people)

  • Chang-yeol Huh
  • Joo-won Lee
  • Min-wang hwang
  • Si-young Sung
  • Se-Jung You
  • Hyun-gi Min
  • Jae-min Kim