Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra at the Thames Festival - London
The Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra, the musical ensemble from South Korea, performed for a massive crowd at the on the first day of the Thames festival. London, UK. 10th September 2011
The group was formed in 1999 by music students at Sookmyung Women's University, comprises up to 25 gayageum, Korea’s most revered traditional instrument. The group was the first n the field of Korean music to blend traditional music with up to date, cross cultural twists.
The performance featured a soloists on the haegeum, as well as a cappella and latter on with the bold collaboration with a B-Boy dancer, Choi Back Kyu who displayed his impressive popping the technique.
The group performs music ranging from interpretations of ancient cheongak repertoire, to contemporary compositions by Korean composers, arrangements of Russian, South American, and Japanese folk songs, and arrangements of Beatles.
The 25 string gayageum players were Kang Youn, Song Eun Mi, Cho Kyung Sun, Hong Jung Nyum, Park Hyelyoung, Koo Mi NA, 12 string gayageum and vocals by Han Soobin.
Percussios by Han Hye Jung, Haegeum by Kim Eujim and the Poppin dancer by Choi Back Kyu. The production was directed by Song Hyejin and the music directed by Ahn Hyeran and Lee Twewon.
The group will also perform on 11 September at 1.30 and 6.30pm