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A World-Class Performance for a World-Class Audience: Petit Concert Series 2016 image

A World-Class Performance for a World-Class Audience: Petit Concert Series 2016

The audience was just as global as the music, as the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. hosted an array of DC diplomats for its latest Petit Concert Series performance, this time featuring Rami Seo’s Project World Music Ensemble on Wednesday, August 17.

The group’s namesake, Rami Seo, is one of the most accomplished Korean musical innovators based in the United States. Seo formed Project World Music Ensemble in 2007 by bringing together like-minded masters of global music traditions, anchored by her own mastery of Korea’s iconic 12-stringed gayageum. For this event, Seo was joined by Deep Singh on traditional Indian tabla drums and Korean jazz guitarist Ho Kyung Choy. 

“It was a fantastic performance,” said Milena, a guest at the event. “And blending the Spanish music with Korean tradition put it over the top.” 

The repertoire, like the audience and performers, was an eclectic mix of Korean and international elements. In addition to a remix of the classic Korean folk song Arirang, the group performed On the Hills of Andalusia, a Spanish serenade by Korean composer Ho-Joon Hwang, and New York Sinawi, a loosely structured but rousing improvisational piece by Rami Seo, inspired by her adopted city. 

The Petit Concert Series, held several times each year, aims to spotlight exceptional talent among an expanding global field of Korean and Korean American musicians and performers, from opera to classical to jazz. Welcoming DC’s unique mix of diplomats and government officials, the program also advances Korea’s special brand of cultural diplomacy combining culinary and musical arts.