This month, Oasis Cafe Music Night, in collaboration with the Deacons of the church and numerous other people, presents something different for our community: an Evening of Korean Popular Songs.
All of us are still in the middle of the long and painful recession, and everybody's been feeling down for some time. While most of us are busy engaged in various tasks both in and out of our church, we thought a fresh air of good old fun will help re-energize everybody.
Korean popular music (aka K-Pop) is gaining popularity in various corners of the world, but many of Korean immigrants here harbor special feelings for more classic popular music from the homeland, the ever popular folk music (so-called "Tong Guitar generation") by singers such as Song Chang Sik, Yang Hee Eun, etc. Even among the contemporary groups which enjoy a hugh global following, one of their distinct marks is the sweet sorrow which permeates through generations of Korean pop music.
We came to know of our community members who had been professional singers. Along with a few of our own, they will present an evening of the authentic Korean Pop music. We will start off with Shirlee Oh, singing the classic Korean song Dong-Baek Agassi, followed by Moyoung Kang and Dongjoon Hwang, younger members of our church, who will cover from the 80s down to 2011! We will also have Mr. Chunwoo Park who will play folk songs from the 70-80 period accompanied by his own guitar solo; Ms Mihye Lee will cover beautiful ballads from the next period (accompanied by Boram Han, a Berklee pianist and composer). Mr Kwang Min Kim, who was one of the original members of the group Linus, will play songs by San Woolim as well as his group's own smash hit, "the Kite".
Part of the performance will be accompanied by a superb band consisting of young Berklee musicians, David Choi on bass, Eun Jin Ahn, piano, Noah Lee on guitar, Yong Kyu Seo on drums. Let us hope our neighbor wouldn't complain too much about the noise, and even come to join the fun!