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Black String: Borderless Contemporary Music from Korea

Join us for a special performance by Black String, an innovative contemporary Korean music group whose blend of Korean tradition and jazz improvization has headlined world music festivals across the globe. Its four members, Yoon Jeong Heo, Jean Oh, Aram Lee, and Min Wang Hwang combine traditional percussion and strings with electric guitar and vocals to create a driving, emotionally-charged sound that captures the vivid intensity of the arts in Korea. Black string will perform selections from their 2016 album Mask Dance and then join the audience for a special reception at the Korean Cultural Center. 

Also don't miss Black String's full performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.! (Free, no RSVP required, but admission is first come first serve. See the venue website here for details.)

WHAT: An intimate performance & reception featuring Black String

WHEN: Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)


RSVP UPDATE: Due to strong interest, this event has reached maximum capacity and is no longer accepting RSVPs. Thank you for your understanding! Please check our website for upcoming events and join the KCC mailing list

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE: Black String will also perform at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Monday, January 9 at 6 pm. This is a separate free event open to the public, no RSVP required. Please visit the Millennium Stage website for more information.

About the Artists

Black String draws inspiration from Korean tradition and improvisational jazz music to create a unique musical language that speaks through Asian intuition and auditory expressions. The group strives to internalize the variety of lyrical and rhythmic forms in traditional music while harmonizing with other forms of expression found in world music. The amplified, explosive sound of the Geomungo, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, and the unpredictable melody of jazz guitar come together to grasp audiences’ every sense.

Black String was founded in 2011 under the Korea-UK cultural exchange program UK Connection and has performed at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival (South Korea) and London Jazz Festival (UK), collaborated with UK artists Tim Garland, John Turville, Asaf Sirkis, and Gwilym Simcock, and performed at numerous world festivals and venues, including the Penang Island Jazz Festival (Malaysia), Oslo World Music Festival (Norway), Jazz sous les Pommiers (France), Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan), and WOMEX 16 (Spain). More information and videos are available on the group's website here