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OnStage Korea: 4th Showcase of the 2019 Season

A Sign of Rain
Kim So Ra's Janggu Project

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Studio Theatre  Mead Theatre
1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Tickets are Free with an RSVP

 Email: Culturedc@mofa.go.kr 
Call: 202-797-6343

In OnStage Korea’s 4th showcase of the 2019 season, KCC will present ‘A Sign of Rain’ by Kim So Ra's Janggu Project that shows the sensory rhythm through the dismantling of traditional rhythms and collaboration with other genres. 

Most performance program includes Janggu, Korean traditional hourglass drum and peculiar traditional percussion instrument that attempts to capture the sound of each rain drop by combining the senses, vision, audition, as well as sense of touch. This work tries to recapture the lost flow and the meaning of nature through the sound of rain, each drop reminding me of the ordinary that passes each day. With an array of instruments that will be complementing the Janggu, we will create a spectrum of emotions to connect with the audience. Since Janggu is able to accompany array of genres of instruments, the musical spectrum is able to be expanded to a wider range. Each performer will present their intention, a display of solos turning into one performance.


DDok DDok DDok

Clouds follow the Moon

Star Swallows the Night

A Sign of Rain

Golden Festival

When the Rain Stop

A multi-award winning Korean traditional percussionist, composer, and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, Kim So Ra is one of the most skilled and prominent Jang-gu (Korean double-headed drum) players in Korea. Ms. Kim is known for her genre-bending performances combining Korean traditional sounds with creative, charismatic and modern interpretations. Ms. Kim is trained under the direct apprenticeship of human cultural asset Master Yu Ji Hwa. Ms. Kim has received eight 1st-place awards from major national music competitions since 2005, including National Nongak Master Competition, Gyeonggi Nongak National Competition, National Women’s Korean Traditional Music Festival, JeonJu International Sori Festival, just to name a few. These awards demonstrate her widespread recognition as one of the top Jang-gu players in Korea.

Ms. Kim So Ra has been selected as the only Korean solo percussionist to perform at the official showcase of the World Music Expo <Womex18>, and 2018 <Mundial Montreal World Music Summit> and is well positioned as a performer of global attention. Ms. Kim is also a founding member of Korean traditional music duo 'BUD’ and electronic music band ‘nuMori’ in Seoul, South Korea. In order to realize the globalization of Korean rhythms, she performs the sensory rhythm through the dismantling of traditional rhythms and collaboration with other genres. she travels around the world and abroad every year, expressing and experimenting with traditional rhythms by working with other genres. Now she is recognized as a performer with the energy and artistic value of Korean percussion. Based on her firm belief and deep philosophy as a percussionist, she constantly struggles and studies to be a percussion performer who can communicate with all the rhythms of the world. 

[Featured Artists]

Kim So Ra Korean Traditional Percussion

Hyun Seung Hun Korean Traditional Percussion

Lim Ji Hye gayageum Korean Zither

Lee Hye Joong piri Korean Bamboo Oboe