Seoul Music: Historic and New Voices of Korea

Min Kwon (Music)

The folk music of Korea celebrates a tradition that stretches back over 1500 years and is a remarkable reflection of the history of fascinating Korean culture. Though these art forms continue to thrive in traditional arrangements, modern performers and composers draw inspiration from the enormous body of folk songs and often adapt them to modern instruments to present them in a new light.  Transcriptions of these pieces offer performers opportunities to blend a variety of musical styles and adapt the classic melodies to their own expression.  There will be live performances and demonstrations of Korean traditional instruments, as well as Korean inspired pieces on modern instruments by Rutgers Mason Gross students.   The class will culminate with a field trip to The Korean Cultural Center in NYC and an attendance of a special concert.  Open to students of all nationalities and backgrounds.