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2017 Season OnStage Korea 2nd Showcase: Baraji

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. 
Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University 
805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

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ⓒ나승열, Nah Inu

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the 2nd Showcase of the OnStage Korea 2017 Season featuring the Korean traditional music ensemble Baraji performing Beasohn: Song of Prayer  and other signature works from their debut album. Deep emotion, time-honored tradition, and modern flair converge in the moving, life-affirming music of Baraji. 

With the launch of OnStage Korea in March, 2017, this second showcase will continue to celebrate the richness and diversity of Korean performing arts in Washington, D.C. OnStage Korea continually seeks to uncover and spotlight brilliant Korean and Korea-inspired performance artists from around the world with an opportunity to showcase their creativity on stage for the American public in the Capital region.

ⓒ나승열, Nah Inu

About Baraji
The ensemble’s name, Baraji, is a pure Korean word that refers to the heartfelt care given to a person through unconditional support. In Korean traditional music, baraji also refers to the impromptu singing by accompanists that adds harmony to lead vocals and enhances the color of the music. The spirit of baraji is epitomized in Jindo Ssitgim Gut, a traditional shamanistic ritual for the dead and a prayer for peaceful rest through singing and dancing. 

The sound of Baraji is drawn from Jindo Ssitgim Gut, creating a unique musical form by adapting the traditional musical frame for their contemporary performances. Baraji also focuses on polishing and reconstructing elements of traditional Korean music, such as harmony, vocals, percussion, instrumentals, and playful improvisation, so that they resonate with modern audiences while still communicating deep emotion. By devoting their music to bringing goodness and comfort to people’s lives, Baraji aims to create a more humane world. 

Baraji’s unique repertoire has been featured at various music festivals across Korea since being awarded the 1st Prize at the 5th Myriad Wave Concert in 2012. They were recognized for their international market potential when nominated for the APaMM Official Showcase at the Ulsan World Music Festival and Journey to Korean Music, organized by the Korea Arts Management Service.

ⓒ나승열, Nah Inu

About 'Beasohn: Song of Prayer'
It has long been a tradition for mothers in Korea to pray for their families’ well-being, offering a bowl of fresh water as ritual food. “May flowers bloom from our precious family’s footprints and sweet scents radiate from their words. May we be as pure as cool water and always take the straight and narrow path.” How wonderful would it be if everyone lived with the heart of a devoted mother?

With their first album, Beasohn, Baraji strives to portray a mother’s never-ending love and devotion. Music can extend a mother’s love for her family to those who are weary and burdened from this world so that they may be comforted. Baraji offers such a prayer through song with the pieces Beasohn, Song of Prayer and Baraji Chugwon, and manifests a sense of devotion with Korean traditional musical instruments featured in Ssitgim Sinawi, Muchuita, and Mahnsun. Baraji will continue devoting their music to bringing goodness and comfort to all people’s lives.

ⓒ나승열, Nah Inu