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Korean Culture Week: Coreyah’s New Genre of Music image

Korean Culture Week: Coreyah’s New Genre of Music

Korean Culture Week’s second night heats up with a new genre of Korean/World music by Coreyah, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in partnership with New York-based artist agency Sori. 

Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. | FREE (NO RSVP)
Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566 

The innovative Korean/world music group Coreyah combines traditional and contemporary rhythms with consummate ease. Indeed, the group’s original genre of music aims to break down those stylistic barriers. Rooted in Korean folklore, Coreyah strives to create living Korean music by incorporating various forms of world music heritage, such as Anglo-American rock, Balkan gypsy, and a variety of musical genres from South America and Africa.

The name Co – Re – Yah, a Sino-Korean homonym, refers to inheritance of the past, and serves to inspire modern music fans to appreciate performance that incorporates older music elements. In Korean, “Coreyah” also means whale—the group’s emblematic animal and good luck charm. 

Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has been expanding its musical domain by actively blurring the distinction between old and new. In 2011, they won the grand prize at the Korean music competition Cheonchamanbyeol hosted by Bukchon Changwoo Theater, and were selected for “Tune Up,” an esteemed granting program. The following year, Coreyah proved that traditional Korean music could attract just as much attention as flashy rock, when they reached the top 16 on the major TV network KBS’ “Top Band II,” a band competition show. They later went on a four-country European tour, and in 2013, Coreyah received the highest mark at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They continue to delight audiences in and out of Korea. 

Visit the Coreyah website for more information.