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Korean Culture Week: Park Ji-ha’s Crossover Music, Communion  image

Korean Culture Week: Park Ji-ha’s Crossover Music, Communion

Korean Culture Week’s closing night offers up a sensational soundscape of a performance featuring the Park Jiha Music Ensemble's unique blend of American jazz and Korean traditional instruments and aesthetics, at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on Thursday, Sept. 27. 

Communion by the Park Jiha Music Ensemble
Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets Required ($25) via the Kennedy Center HERE

UPDATE: For a limited time, register HERE for complimentary tickets! 
Availability is limited.

Communion, composed and performed by Park Jiha, builds iconic soundscapes by merging traditional Korean music instruments and percussion with instruments from a Western jazz background. The performance brings new ideas which create sonic stories and new ways of approaching music.

The performance will open up an experience of woodwind-based neoclassical and ultimately innovative music from Korea. The music of composer/performer Park Ji-ha blends classical minimalism and improvised music with traditional Korean instruments like the piri (double-reed bamboo flute), saenghwang (bamboo mouth organ), and yanggeum (hammered dulcimer). 

Park constantly works to expand her musical horizons, and was selected as a fellow for the OneBeat program in the U.S. in 2013, experiencing firsthand a diversity of sound traditions with musicians from around the world. In 2015, she held an autobiographical exhibition based on her music and video which became the foundation of her EP album, Park Jiha: A Record of Autobiographical Sounds, which contains music and writings from the exhibition.

Park released her solo debut album Communion in November 2016, leaving behind many years of working as part of 숨[su:m] in pursuit of new music. She collaborated with musicians across genres to accomplish minimal, contemporary, and experimental music. In 2017, Park was selected as a fellow for RBMA Seoul (Red Bull Music Academy, Seoul) and as an official showcase performer of Classical: NEXT and WOMEX, proving herself an international artist on the rise.

Visit Park Jiha's website and Facebook page for more information.