Tuesday, August 4, 2015

News from our musician friends

Many of our musician friends who performed in Oasis Cafe or other events at ECC have graduated, moved on and are busy building their career. As of this summer, we have many great news from them!

I-Yun Chung, the leader of the group Aires de Argentina, who brought exciting world music to early days of the Oasis cafe series, had moved to San Francisco a while back, and is now performing as the pianist to the group Tangonero. They expect a CD coming out soon. She also got married recently. Congratulations!

Tangonero

Seungho Jang, who graduated from Berklee recently is now starting the Master’s course at NEC on a scholarship. During his recent visit to Korea, he teamed up with Kiwoong Choi (drums) and Jae Hoon Kang (piano - now at the Juilliard School of Music) for the old-times’ sake. 

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Both Kiwoong and Jaehoon seem very happy performing together.

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Sumie Kaneko, the Japanese Koto and Shamisen player as well as a superb fusion jazz singer, has recently performed and conversed with an enthusiastic audience at the Museum of Fine Arts. A class act, adding some prestige to her busy resume!

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Yumi Bae, who had played for us on several occasions performed as the featured soloist with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra last Spring. The piece was Bloch’s Schelomo, a notoriously difficult rhapsody, but beautifully pulled off.

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Kudos to Eunhye Jeong, the leader of Sigimsae, the Berklee - Korean fusion group that had given us the memorable opening number at KCF60. After her graduation, she put out her first CD. It is the fruit of her successful crowd-funding campaign. 

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TeRra Han, the Kayageum player, has been busy back in Korea for the past year with CDs and performances at the prestigious stages in Korea, Japan and China. This Fall, she continued her series of full Sanjo performance, including a recital at the Carnegie Hall. 

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Check out the review of the event at the Andrew Weill Hall of the Carnegie Hall by the local press in NYC here

Also the video of the full Sanjo performance from a Tokyo concert:

Echae Kang, the jazz violinist, has been busy back in Korea, and there is a growing recognition of her talent. In addition to the duo activities (Echae EnRoute) around the performance scene at  the famed Hong-Dae area, she had a series of tour concerts around Italy earlier this Summer.  

Cinquecento Jazz Festival in Italy

Eunae Anna Koh, the NEC violinist, who also performed at several events held at ECC chapel, recently placed the 2nd winner at the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition held in New Zealand. You can “hear" the Brahms concerto flowing out of the photo below. Mind you she also performed Sibelius with the Hwaum Boston Chamber, and also a chamber piece (Boston premier) in a recent KACF gala concert. What a versatile and superb violinist she is!

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Hiro Honshu, the veteran jazz musician, and his group Racha Fora have been actively performing in this area as well as in Japan, and they had a new CD out this Summer. It is a tribute to Miles Davis.

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We feel very lucky to have had these talented people for our stage.

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