Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Songs My Mother Taught Me - Featuring two cellos, two piano and a voice [5 - 21 Sunday 5 PM]

It is Spring and the month of Family and Mothers! Boston based musicians Yumi Bae, Hwakyung Jang (cellos), Clera Ryu, GaYoung Bae (pianos) and Yeongeun Kim (soprano) are preparing a program of Dvorak’s famous piece “Songs my mother taught me” arranged for cello, Debussy’s cello sonata and the waltz from Shostakovich’s Five Pieces for Two Cellos. It will also feature two cellos collaborating with Berklee jazz pianist GaYoung Bae on a famous folk melody from Korea, and more including several vocal pieces. Please note that this Oasis Cafe concert will be held on Sunday afternoon (5-21, 5 PM). 

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Several Oasis Cafe friends featured in a recent CJ/Berklee tribute video

This year, the Korean rock pioneer Joon Hyun Shin, the “God Father” of Korean Rock, is receiving the honorary Doctor's degree from the Berklee College of Music. For the occasion, several young Korean Berklee alumni gathered and recorded a tribute rendition of one of his best known songs "Beautiful Rivers and Mountains".

There, we are excited to spot several Oasis Cafe alumni, too. Kyumin Shim and Yu Rang Han on pianos, Sung Huh on vocal, and Ki Woong Choi on drums. We really appreciate that these creme de la crop of young Korean musicians have graced our stage over the years!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Some Assembly Required - Oasis Cafe This Saturday [4.22.Sat 7 pm]

Mixed chamber ensemble Some Assembly Required will be presenting their biggest and most ambitious program to date in the upcoming Oasis Cafe concert. Dedicated to providing one-of-a-kind events for a wide range of audiences, Some Assembly Required aims to reinvent the format of a “classical" concert. The group is excited to invite seven of Boston's best wind players to assist in "Theme and Variations," a program featuring Oliver Caplan's Krummholz Variations, Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments, and Schubert's "Trout" Quintet.

Schubert's "Trout" Quintet will be performed in a nontraditional manner. Instead of violin, viola, cello, and double bass with piano, the "Trout" will be performed with flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. Fitting into our concept of theme and variations, the variation movement of this quintet quotes a melody from Schubert's Lied "Die Forelle" (The Trout). Stravinsky's aesthetically beautiful Octet for Wind Instruments is not programmatic, but what Stravinsky protégé Eric Walter White calls a "rediscovery of sonata form."

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Krummholz Variations was commissioned in part by SAR from Oliver Caplan, a composer we featured back in October on our "Metal, Voice and Strings" program. From Caplan: "'Krummholz,'" German for 'crokked wood,' are twisted trees that serve as gateways to the alpine zone... High altitude landscapes are a paradigm for beauty in the face of harshness."
To present this series of concerts, Some Assembly Required will be joined by many of the Boston area’s finest professional wind musicians.

Musicians:Nicholas Southwick, fluteWolcott Humphrey, clarinetAndrea Baker and Lauren Landry, bassoonJason Huffman and Phillip Sullivan, trumpetJesse Metzler, tromboneJustin Croushore, bass trombone, Justin Stanley, horn, Cholong Park, piano

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

East Coast premiere of the Korean film THE WORLD OF US

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!

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

For more information visit or call 617-484-3980.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Not so heavy a Christmas [12.17.2016 7:30 PM ECC]


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 !

Monday, October 31, 2016

News from our friends - Fall 2016

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Christina Cheon, who introduced many of us to the wonderful music of marimba, and impressed the audience with virtuosity, seriousness of her musical purpose, and mature professionalism, is trying to establish the Southern California Marimba group as a non-profit organization that aims to support artists and educational activities. If you are looking for a good cause to help young musicians work toward good cause, check out their crowdfunding project

Echae Kang, who performed a few years back as the violinist of the Aires de Argentina group, is busy in Korea collaborating with many up and coming artists. Recently, she put out her first solo album “Radical Paradise”.  



Yu Rang Han, who recently played piano in the B2B show, has also made professional debut with the first CD titled “Gift”. You can check out her music in iTunes store:  


And the last but not the least - Kiwoong Choi (drums) and Kyumin Shim (piano) who performed numerous times for Oasis Cafe and other concerts are back in Korea performing and teaching in colleges. Seungho Jang (bass), another Oasis Cafe alumni, will fly to Korea during the Thanksgiving week to join them in the Jazz workshop. 

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Oasis Cafe & B2B present "Musically Yours on Broadway" [11.5 Sat 7:30 PM]

This Saturday, Oasis Cafe and The Broadway to Boston Theater Company present

“Musically Yours on Broadway - a Musical Talk Show”

at 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the Education & Community Center. 

In this hilarious musical performance, Hilary Mayer, Ohkyung Kwon, Hugh Cha, and Izzy Taylor (some familiar from earlier Oasis - B2B collaborations) appear as guests in a talk show hosted by Heather Lee.  Guests share and discuss their recent performances and the actor's life as they perform popular musical numbers. This performance also features talented classical musicians Clera Ryu (piano), Soyoung Kwon (Violin), Yumi Bae (Cello), as well as Jihyung Hong (Drum). 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oasis Cafe presents "What is Noise" [10.8 7 PM]

This Saturday, Oasis Cafe presents series continues with What Is Noise, an award winning ensemble described as “precise, expressive, and convincing”* at 7:00 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the Education & Community Center. 

What Is Noise (Nicholas Southwick, flutes; Anastasia Christofakis, clarinets; Megan Arns, percussion; Cholong Park, piano; Joshua Burel, violin; Justin Page, cello) is an award-winning ensemble that has performed throughout the United States. The ensemble made its Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2014 as part of their “American Stories” concert tour that included performances in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and New York.


What Is Noise is passionate about building community by performing culturally relevant music and remains a strong advocate for new music and educational outreach. What Is Noise is associated with Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL and has worked with composers Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Don Freund, Lansing McLoskey, David T. Little, Edward Knight, Tania Leon, Katherine Hoover, and Jennifer Higdon among others. Members of What Is Noise hail from Michigan, Connecticut, North Carolina, New York, Missouri, and South Korea. The ensemble’s name comes from an idea expressed by Jacques Attali in his book Noise: The Political Economy of Music that music has lost some of its inherent social value, as it has increasingly become a commodity. He expresses that there is intrinsic importance in the connection of the composers and performers with their shared community, and this is the way to obtain meaning through new composition.  Free concert and refreshments. Families welcome.