A visit to a famous performer and composer of traditional Korean music: Kim Young-Jae
Accompanied by Brother Anthony, guided by Dr. Charles Kim.
Born in 1947, Kim Young-jae is one of the leading players of traditional Korean instrumental music. He is widely recognized as an outstanding master, performing on the Gomungo, the Gayageum, the Ajeng and the Haegeum, all the main stringed instruments of Korea. He plays the traditional repertoire for these instruments and is also a leading composer of new music in traditional Korean styles. He graduated in Gukak (Korean music) from Kyunghee University, then for fifteen years taught at Jeonnam University in Gwangju before becoming a professor at the Korean National University of Arts. He celebrated fifty years as a performer in 2011 and has recently retired from teaching. He is the recognized exponent of Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 16, the Gomungo Sanjo. His performing skills extend beyond instrumental music to singing and dancing. He has received many awards for his life’s work and published a number of CDs of traditional music and new compositions.
Kim Young-Jae has recently established a teaching center not far from Hongik University which includes a small theater. Today he is inviting the members and friends of RASKB to spend some time hearing him demonstrate the characteristics of each instrument, playing extracts from his main repertoire, and giving a hands-on introduction to the different instruments. We will then go with him for supper where conversation (and perhaps music) will continue. Since he does not speak much English, our guide and interpreter throughout this visit will be Dr. Charles Kim. Kim Young-Jae hopes to make the beauties of Korean music better known to an international audience through this visit, he does not wish to be paid. Participants will be asked to pay for their evening meal and that of the Master as well as our interpreter, Dr. Kim. This visit is free for paid-up RASKB members, non-members will be asked to pay 7,000 won at the start of the visit, the same amount as is asked for admission to our lectures.
We will meet at 4:45 pm on Saturday March 2 at the top of the steps of exit 2 of Hongdae subway station (line 2). Those wishing to attend must EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org WITH THEIR NAME AND MOBILE NUMBER by midday on February 28. Please do not arrive late, the venue is not quite easy to find alone.