Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Heritage Sunday "The S(e)OUL of Korea"

Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 1PM

Lincoln Center Hearst Plaza
(142 W 65th Street, NYC)


Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival Heritage Sunday 2013 will feature the exquisite arts of Korea with a focus on its unique traditions of dance and drumming. Showcasing both Korean and Korean-American artists, Heritage Sunday will invite audiences into the world of Korea's artistic heritage. Sounds of Korea is the premier performance group of Korean traditional arts in the US, founded and directed by master Korean traditional dancer and percussionist, Sue Yeon Park, an NEA National Heritage Fellow. Based at the Korean Performing Arts Center in New York (KTPAA), Sounds of Korea’s dancers, musicians, and singers perform everything from court music and classical dance traditions, to theatrical masked dances, popular narrative vocal arts, and rural percussion music and dance. Along with Sounds of Korea, Ensemble Sinawi from Korea and New York Korean Traditional Marching Band will play Korean music at this festival. 

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Korean Performing Arts Center in New York (KTPAA)

Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association (KTPAA) was founded in 1986 as the Korean Traditional Arts Community. With growing community support, the association adopted its name, Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association in 1990. In 1993, KTPAA was formally recognized by the State of New York as a non-profit organization. Since 1998, KTPAA has received annual grants from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The organization serves a vital role in New York City through the teaching of traditional arts to members of the Korean community, and through performances for both Korean and general audiences. KTPAA has played an instrumental role in instilling Korean cultural pride to second generation Korean Americans and in fostering intercultural dialogue with the American society at large. In 2010, KTPAA opened its studio, Korean Performing Arts Center, near Korean Town in Midtown Manhattan to get closer to the Korean community. KPAC is a home for the company, has rehearsal space for the artists, outreach programs for local audiences, and a school that offers music and dance classes to students of all ages. Sounds of Korea is the New York-based KTPAA consists of a Dance Troupe, an Instrumental Chamber Ensemble and a Percussion Ensemble. 


* Ensemble SINAWI

As we might know from their group name, sinawi, the essence of Korean folk music is important resource of their music. The performers are employing melodies borrowed from sanjo, shaman ritual music, and pansori, which are weaved into sinawi. The music contains elegance and depth of Korean traditional music which, at the same time, can converse with contemporary sentiments of the modern listeners. The young leader Sin Hyunsik, an Ajaeng (a bowed zither) player, has been awarded most important prizes in Korean music. With Sin, best young instrumentalists of Gayageum, Haegeum, Janggo and Piano and a composer and a singer makes so special. 

Members: SHIN Hyunsik (Ajaeng), HA Sera (Gayaguem), LEE Bong-guen (Vocal), JEONG Songhee (Piano, composition), KIM Jinhyuck (Percussion) 

* The New York Korean Traditional Marching Band

The New York Korean Traditional Marching Band (Chwitadea in Korean) was established on Oct. 14, 2008 as a non-profit organization and is the first organization that actively promotes and performs Daechwita (Korean Traditional Marching Band) outside of Korea. The mission is to inherit, revive, and preserve the Korean cultural performing arts and to bring cultural diversity and enrichment to the community in New York City. The NYKTMB has performed in many venues and events. One of the most mentionable is the Overall Grand Prize at the Korean Traditional Music Competition in Flushing, NY in 2011. This grand prize earned them to be the opening act for a Korean Traditional Music Concert at the prestigious Lincoln Center. In addition, this group has performed all over the east coast at venues such as Westminster College, University of Maryland, College Park, the FBI Faculty Training Center in Manhattan, the Annual Korean Parade in New York City, as well as for various cultural events all over the New York Tri-State area
Miro Yoon