Monday, December 30, 2013

Highlight video from the Korean Cultural Festival

The rolling credit

Korean Cultural Festival Final Credit Video from KC Boston on Vimeo.

The Story of North and South II

A noble effort by musicians of Berklee to bridge the two Koreas. Among the participants, Jihui Kim, Nayoung Baik (violin) and Seungho Jang (bass) are members of KCB.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra

Our friends at Hawum Chamber Orchestra, who gave the concert to benefit LiNK last spring is giving a concert on Oct 6.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Coming Soon! KACF Fundraiser Gala Concert

Our friends at the Korean American Cultural Foundation is having a Fundraiser dinner and Gala Concert on Oct 11, Friday 2013. It is an invitation only event, but a few limited space is available. Please contact info@koreancultureboston.org for information.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Kiwoong Choi Quartet - Summer Jazz #3 [August 10, 7 pm]

As an ongoing summer Jazz concert series, we will have Kiwoong Choi and his three friends return this coming Saturday (August 10th). As attendee's of previous concerts would tell you, Kiwoong Choi Quartet will present a choice program of Jazz standards and modern pieces. The band's playing will get so hot that you will forget the sweltering weather outside.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Arirang by Korean, Chilean, and Israeli musicians

Eitan Gofman (Tenor Saxophone), Gene Young Park (Piano), Osmar Okuma (Bass) and Kiwoong Choi (Drums, Vocal)

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(The photos and videos from this concert were taken by Shin Huyk Park.)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Kiwoong Choi Quartet Part II [ July-6-Sat 7 PM ]

As part of an ongoing Summer Jazz series, Oasis Cafe Music Night presents the Kiwoong Choi Quartet on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the ECC Community Center, located at the Korean Church of Boston (PCUSA). Choi, a veteran South Korean drummer, who played for the famous Lee Seung Hwan Band, will be joined by Eitan Gofman (Tenor Saxophone), Gene Young Park (Piano) and Osmar Okuma (Bass). Oasis Cafe Music Night is an on-going music series that provides free concerts for the Brookline community sponsored by The Korean Church of Boston. Past Oasis Cafe performances include classical, jazz, and international music. Please come celebrate summer with jazz!

The program includes modern Jazz classics by masters such as Victor Feldman, Hoagy Carmichael, Joe Henderson and Cole Porter. It will also feature the Korean folk classic Arirang as arranged by Kiwoong.

This concert is possible thanks largely to generous support of musicians by Mr. Kwang Guen Chung!Poster

Here are some of the photos from the last Kiwoong Choi Quartet concert:

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Cultural Entrepreneurship initiative at Harvard

Whatever "cultural entrepreneurship challenge" is, and whatever may eventually come out of the stuffy Harvard and this initiative, the music here is surely fun...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A new Korean artist beautifully blending Korean tradition with cell phone

We spotted a very interesting new artist working in Korea whose work mainly depicts Korean women in traditional costumes in a very modern context. An idea that could have occurred to many people who think about tradition and modern world. But this artist, Hyunjung Kim, seems to be executing the concept with great taste and style, and with consistency.

You may click on the image below to check out her blogs.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Mother's Love : a video and photos from Eunjin Ahn Project Band Concert

Featuring Sung Huh on vocal, Eunjin Ahn on piano, Josh Plotner, sax, Osmar Osaku, bass and Andre Fonseca Alfonso, drums.

"I fall in love too easily" Eunjin Ahn, solo piano.

"Au Privave", Eunjin Ahn Quintet

"Love is Thicker Than Forget", Eunjin Ahn Trio

A Mother's Day Medley, Eunjin Ahn and MinHwan Lee.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Kiwoong Choi Quartet [ June-1st-Sat 7 PM ]

Oasis Cafe Music Night presents a summer evening of jazz performed by the Kiwoong Choi Quartet on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the ECC Community Center, located at the Korean Church of Boston (PCUSA). Choi, a veteran South Korean drummer, who played for the famous Lee Seung Hwan Band, will be joined by Mike Bono (Guitar), Luke Marantz (Piano) and Osmar Okuma (Bass). Oasis Cafe Music Night is an on-going music series that provides free concerts for the Brookline community sponsored by The Korean Church of Boston. Past Oasis Cafe performances include classical, jazz, and international music. Please come celebrate summer with jazz!

The program includes modern Jazz classics by masters such as Wayne Shorter, Hoagy Carmichael, Joe Henderson and Dave Brubeck (who recently passed away), as well as popular singer Stevie Wonder. It will also feature the Korean folk classic Arirang as arranged by Kiwoong.

I'll remember April - Gene Vincent de Paul

Footprints - Wayne Shorter

Nearness of you - Hoagy Carmichael

In your own sweet way - Dave Brubeck

Fall in Boston - Kiwoong Choi

Arirang - Korean folk song

Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder

Short story - Joe Henderson

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hope and Harmony : a Benefit concert for the North Korean Refugees [April 27, Sat, 7:30 PM] with LiNK presentation starting at 6 PM

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The music concert by the Boston Korea Chorus and Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra will start at 7:30 PM.

The program for the concert includes

Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Requiem by Gabriel Faure

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Earlier in the evening at 6 PM, Justin Wheeler, the vice president of LiNK will have a session for those interested in the LiNK and their activity.

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About the musicians:

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Founded in 2008, the Boston Korean Chorus is a chamber choir consisting of 30 members. The primary goal of BKC is to make engaging performances of choral music and Korean culture widely available to audiences in the Greater Boston area. BKC has performed subscription concerts annually, as well as numerous concerts for the Korean-American community. In May 2012, the chorus organized a Benefit Concert with MIT Chamber Chorus as a tribute to the musical traditions of both Korea and New England, donating all proceeds to World Vision and sending "Hope & Harmony" to children in Africa devastated by famine. As a bridge between the Korean and American communities, the Boston Korean Chorus is excited and eager to bring inspiring and passionate music making to Greater Boston.

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Founded in 2013, the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra is composed primarily of young professional Korean musicians from the Greater Boston area. As the Korean word "hwaum" represents, our hope is to bring harmony to the community. Our vision is to serve as a bridge between the Korean and American communities. Our primary mission is to support charitable events through our musical performances. By working hand in hand with local musicians, we are also able to create an environment in which we can help foster the professional development of bright new talents.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thinking of those who suffered this week

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The crisis during the last few days after the Boston marathon bombing made us think a lot about those who suffer in our neighborhood as well as across the globe. Requiem is a kind of music celebrating for the repose of the soul of the deceased and also consoling the bereaved. As you know, we are soon hosting the Boston Korean Chorus and the Hwaum Orchestra in a benefit concert for the North Korean Refugees. Among the pieces planned for the performance is Gabriel Faure's Requiem. Although the selection of this piece did not anticipate the recent tragic events, it is a fitting music that invites all of us to think about those who suffered and maybe share some of their pains. The following is a short excerpts of the piece performed by the Berlin Phill and the Rundfunkchor of Berlin, the city which had its share of tragedy and resilience over the years.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Danny from North Korea available for viewing online

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The latest documentary from LiNK "Danny from North Korea", about a young man who escaped from North Korea by crossing the Chinese-North Korean border, is available for online viewing, in time for Danny being interviewed by Anderson Cooper.* The complete film is available here.

Also of interest is another refugee who recently spoke in TED:

If you would like to find more about LiNK or help North Korean refugees, we invite you to come to upcoming benefit concert by the Boston Korean Chorus and Hwaum Orchestra (Jinwook Park, dir) on April 27, 7:30 pm. Before the concert at 6 pm, the vice president of LiNK will hold a Q/A session.

* Due to the Bostom bombing on Monday, the interview originally scheduled for broadcasting on Monday had been postponed.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Story of North and South

A project by Berklee musicians to heighten our awareness of the plight of North Korean people. The tune was composed by Yoojin Jung, a violinist studying at Berklee. Several other Korean students and musicians from Singapore, Ecuador and China participated in this heartfelt and moving project.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The review for the Arneis Quartet performance is in

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"The final piece on the program, Beethoven's Quintet in C, had all the robustness and drama one can expect from Beethoven. From many exciting moments, the mouse-like scurries of the first violin over the shimmering tremolos in the rest of the ensemble in the Presto fourth movement stood out for playful phrasing, humor, and tasteful musicianship. . . . . Overall, an extremely satisfying evening of a variety of music well and thoughtfully executed." says the critic Elisa Birdseye, executive director of the Boston Chamber Ensemble who was present at the concert and writing for the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Full review of the evening is found here.

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