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Petit Concert Series 2016: Rami Seo’s Project World Music Ensemble

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. continues its Petit Concert Series 2016 with a striking cross-cultural performance by Rami Seo’s Project World Music Ensemble and networking lunch reception on August 17 exclusively for DC’s unique mix of diplomats, government officials, and academics. 
 
Rami Seo's Project World Music Ensemble was founded in 2007 by Rami Seo, master of the traditional Korean 12-string zither, or gayageum. Seo brought together like-minded masters of iconic instruments from diverse world music traditions to create captivating multicultural music that transcends any single style or genre. 

Seo, alongside Indian percussionist Deep Singh and Korean guitarist Ho Kyung Choy, will perform An Interlude based on Dae-Bong Yoo’s Sanjo, Arirang Ensemble by Gye Oak Kim, On the Hill of Andalucia by Ho-Joon Hwang, and New York Sinawee by Rami Seo. 

The Petit Concert Series, held several times each year, aims to spotlight exceptional talent among an expanding field of Korean and Korean American musicians, from classical and opera to jazz and traditional. The program also advances Korea’s special brand of cultural diplomacy, combining culinary and performing arts in an intimate embassy setting. Participation is by invitation only, but press are welcome to inquire about special coverage. 

WHAT: 30-minute petit concert and networking lunch reception 
WHO: Gayageumist Rami Seo, percussionist Deep Singh, guitarist Ho Kyung Choy
WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW) 
HOW: By invitation only
CONTACT: Minjoo Kim, m_kyra@koreaembassy.org, (202) 587-6153

Rami Seo is an accomplished gayageum artist whose expansive musical repertoire on the 12-string and 25-string gayageum spans the traditional and the contemporary, including ancient Korean court music and folk music, as well as current and cross-cultural compositions from around the globe. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Rami Seo is the protégé of world class maestros and several of Korea’s most revered Living National Treasures. Both as a soloist and in collaboration with prestigious musicians, she has performed on renowned stages across the U.S., Korea, China and Japan. She graduated from the prestigious National Music School and Seoul High School for Korean Traditional Arts with a full scholarship, received her B.A. in Korean Traditional Music and Music Education from Chung-Ang University’s College of Korean Traditional Performing Arts, and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Hunter College. 
 
Deep Singh became a disciple of the late tabla master Ustad Allah Rakha at the age of six. Deep Singh’s versatility as a performer, composer, producer and engineer has given him a unique place in the music industry, resulting in innovative collaborations with leading artists from East and West. He has ghost written for several pop artists and composed music for the prime minister of India that premiered at Madison Square Garden, among other creative projects. 

Ho Kyung Choy, a sensational guitarist in the true jazz tradition, is fluent in diverse musical languages and known for his seamless burning technique. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, he was drawn to jazz after hearing Wes Montgomery. Ho Kyung Choy attended Berklee College of Music and graduated in two and a half years. Since moving to New York in 2008, he has been a regular performer on stages across the city, in addition to tours across the U.S. and Europe.

The Petit Concert Series hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea presents exceptional musicians from Korea and the United States performing classical Western, jazz, contemporary, and Korean music for an international audience in an intimate setting. Welcoming staff of local embassies, cultural centers, international organizations, and government offices, the program aims to conduct a uniquely Washingtonian form of cultural diplomacy and networking. Participants are invited to meet their diplomatic neighbors and colleagues from around the world, while building new relationships through a shared appreciation of great music.