Baraji: Beasohn

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 9 PM 

BAMcafé Lepercq Space
(30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)

Tickets: FREE (Limited unreserved seating and standing room available)


This performance is co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center New York, World Music Institute, and BAM as part of KCCNY's Open Stage 2017, WMI's Origins Series, and BAM’s BAMcafe Live Series.


“Baraji’s performance centered on an intense and dramatic shamanistic purging ritual for the dead with singing and dancing uniting with prayers that the beloved deceased truly rest in peace. All of this took us - the living - to a beautiful and meditative state”
- Wall Street International
Shamanistic Wind from Korea

Baraji <Beasohn>

US Premiere

Artist Information

  • Artistic Director / Han Seung-seok
  • Sound Director / Kim Byung-keuk
  • Percussion / Kang Min-su
  • Percussion / Kim Tae-young
  • Ajaeng / Cho Soung-jae
  • Daegeum / Jeong Kwang-yoon
  • Voice / Kim Yul-hee
  • Piri / Oh Young-bin
  • Gayageum / Kim Min-young
  • Haegeum / Won Na-kyungdlal ek
  • Manager / An Ji-eun


  • Ssitgim Sinawi, Instrumental Ensemble for the Departed
  • Beasohn, Song of Prayer
  • Saeng!sagorak, Four Singing Drummers
  • Muchwita, Shamanistic Percussion with the Wind
  • Baraji Chugwon, THE BARAJI’s Wishes for You All

Baraji, while preserving the folkloric forms of both Korean music and dance, is known for their exceptional improvisation and spontaneity of their performances.

Baraji is a pure Korean word that refers to the heartfelt care given to a person through unconditional support. In traditional music, baraji also refers to the impromptu singing by accompanists that adds harmony to the lead vocal and enhances the colors of the music. The key characteristics of baraji is epitomized in Jindo Ssitgim Gut, a traditional shamanistic purging ritual for the dead and a prayer for peaceful rest through song and dance.

Baraji music group was born to pay homage to and to share the beauty of baraji with the world through music. It strives to identify powerful elements for interaction with audiences in various genres of traditional music including vocal, percussion, instrumental, and theatrical music. By polishing and reconstructing these elements, Baraji hopes to contribute to making the world a better, more musical place to live in through its performances.

Miro Yoon