Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The SHIFT screening is a part of LINK (Liberty In North Korea)'s 10th national tour. LINK (Liberty In North Korea) is a grassroots organization in North America devoted to the North Korean human rights and humanitarian crises.
For decades, North Korea has been defined by its politics which has isolated it from our global community. This fall, in an effort to redefine the crisis and speak about this issue in a way nobody has before, LINK is launching a campaign called SHIFT.
LINK's nomads (traveling representatives) have been extensively trained to speak to the issue and will be traveling through North America showing a documentary "The People's Crisis," at high schools, universities and places of worship. Link's nomads will be prepared to inspire our community to take action so that the North Korean people receive the attention they deserve.
We are inviting you to our SHIFT screening on 11/3 at 7 pm at Education & Community Center, The Korean Church of Boston.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The first part of the concert was loosely organized with the theme: The loves of a "Korean Woman" through the Korean popular songs and films.
The concert opened with a cute dance performance set to a popular K-Pop hit "Love is Move" by three junior members of the church and their mentor. [video coming soon] It was followed by a performance set to the popular hit of the moment, Psy's Gangnam Style by the same team and M. Song.
S. Shim (accompanied by J. Kahng on guitar) sang about a girl who was falling in love for the first time.
It was followed by a duet song "All for you" which is currently very popular due to the hit drama "Respond 1997", a sweet coming-of-age story of Korean adolescents. (singers Y. Kim and M. Song)
J. Chung and B. Shin (a real-life couple) followed with a mature and moving declaration of love, apparently practicing it according to the sincerity of their embrace at the end of the performance.
H. Paik gave a rousing performance of an old rock ballad about a man's willing submission to the bindings of blissful love. From this point on, the singers were backed by the superb band of Berklee musicians led by E. Ahn at keyboards.
The arc of the love, however, turned toward the darker side with one of the most beloved ballads ("When the love is gone") by K. Chung, as he sang about parting from an old love.
With a classy introduction by cello (Y. Bae) and piano (R. Cho), H. Lee followed it with an intense rendering of the sad and bitter aftermath of a love gone sour.
Reminding the audience of what is described as "a woman full of surprises" in Psy's Gangnam Style, H. Lee turned around and delighted the audience (with a "professional" assistance from the Havard Street Sistaz) with a rousing version of a very popular trot, ending the first part by demonstrating the resilience of the Korean women's spirit.
Part II opened with S. Won singing a plaintive and heart-wrenching folk song from the troubled days of early 1980s. Accompanied by her own guitar and restrained piano, the singer took a complete grip on the audience.
S. Won was then joined by Rain Park, singing a beautiful love song from the same period.
Rain Park continued with one of the most beloved folk songs, "To the Happy land" spurred along by the clapping of the audience.
He closed with the classic "About thirty", pulling everybody into the mood of the autumn.
The folk song segment was then followed by the final segments of the evening that featured several classic rock ballads and showpieces. S. Chang opened it with the popular ballad from the legendary rock group Boo-Hwal.
M. Kang raised the temperature even further with the legendary singer Yong-Pil Cho's rock number, introducing the members of the band along the way.
After intimating his personal struggle with Leukemia, M. Kang gave a moving performance of "To Everyone".
K.Kim, the keyboardist of the group Linus, started his performance with a cool ballad accompanied by his own piano.
The evening closed with the crowd-pleasing hit, the Kite, of the group Linus, led by its keyboardist K. Kim joined by C. Park and M. Kang with the vocal.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Have you heard "Gangnam Style" by Psy, the hottest South Korean artist in the world? If you have, then the Korean Church of Boston (PCUSA)'s Korean Music Night 2: From Jong-ro to Gangnam" will introduce you to the variety and the soul of the Korean popular music known simply as "K-Pop." The second annual Korean Music Night presents performances by South Korean singers Kwang-min Kim (Linus) and Chun Woo Park (Sorisanyang) and local muscial talent that includes Korean American singers and students from the Berklee College of Music. The program includes Korean love songs from the 1950s to the present and features traditional love ballads, rock and hip-hop.
The Korean Music Night 2: From Jong-ro to Gangam" will take place at the award-winning ECC (Education & Community Center) Children's Chapel, The Korean Church of Boston (PCUSA), 32 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02445 on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. It is part of the ongoing free culture and music series at the ECC that has presented classical, jazz and original musical play through programs such as the Oasis Cafe Music Night.