GENEVA, N.Y.-Jin Hi Kim, a prominent Korean music specialist and composer, will speak about and demonstrate the roots of Korean music in a talk titled “Introduction to Korean Music: Melding Memory, Heritage, and Passion” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, in Coxe Hall, room 8, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
During the presentation, Kim will demonstrate characteristics of Korean music on the Komungo, a fourth-century fretted board zither. Slides, printed materials, recordings, and videotapes will also be used. She will contrast folk and court music traditions and demonstrate the influences of Shamanistic ecstatic possession in folk music, Taoism's middle way between static and dynamic, the Confucian concept of right conduct, and Buddhism's meditative quest for nothingness, as philosophical and aesthetic values supporting Korea's musical past. The distinctive nature of Korean music will be highlighted, as well as the interrelationships among Korea, China, and Japan.
The Colleges are delighted to have an artist of Jin Hi Kim's stature perform on campus. She has presented her own works at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, and other major venues.
Her talk is being financially supported by The Korean Society as well as the departments of Music and Asian Languages and Culture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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