Jazz Meets Korea:
The World Music Group SE:UM
& The Youngjoo Song Trio
Tuesday, July 26 | Doors Open: 6pm | Show: 8pm
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Presented by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
Tickets: $20 (+$10 minimum order per guest)
Two acclaimed, cutting-edge Korean music groups, The World Music Group SE:UM and the Youngjoo Song Trio, meet for the first time in a groundbreaking joint performance introducing the unique intensity of Korean jazz blended with traditional American styles. Experience a stellar aural mashup of traditional Korean music, contemporary jazz, and dreamlike trance-fusion styles through this special event.
Jazz lovers will appreciate a freeform interaction of diverse world music styles and Korean instruments, including the 12-stringed gayageum and double-sided janggu drum, with jazz music at their core. This event aims to introduce Korean jazz music to a wider American audience, and on the world stage, as a key part of contemporary Korean music.
"Transitioning between the slow and peaceful thrum of the contrabass to the eruptive trumpet and drum is seamless, as is the emotional attachment to each song. The gayageum makes SE:UM's music stand out, for its harmonious rhythm merges perfectly with the jazz beats...It's genuinely exiting!"
- Broadway Baby
SE:UM is one of Korea's most innovative ensembles, drawing instrumental, vocal, and improvisation techniques from both Korean and Western jazz traditions. Having performed around the world, including headlining Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this event will feature U.S. premiers of their immersive major works, including Abyss, The Other Side, Smell of the Water, Seven Steps One Bow, and Sa-Gye-Hwa. The ensemble is comprised of Sungwan Kim (saxophone), Sungbae Kim (contrabass), Seungkook Ha (trumpet & flugelhorn), Joon Lee (gayageum), and Minhyung Lee (Korean traditional percussions).
Jazz pianist Youngjoo Song, an active performer in Seoul and New York City and two-time award winner at the Korean Music Awards, quickly climbed the charts in her native Korea and become one of her country's leading jazz artists. This event will feature original works from her classic albums Between, Tale of a City, and Leaving Again, as well as York Avenue, inspired by the mixture of solitude and hope that she finds in her adopted American city. Her trio includes Joonsam Lee on bass and John Davis on drums. For more information on both of these amazing groups, visit the KCC website here.
Enjoy intimate dinning at the stylish Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club starting at 6:00 pm, before the show starts at 8:00 pm! Details here.