OnStage Korea 2nd Showcase:
Korean traditional music ensemble
Baraji performs Beasohn: Song of Prayer
Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Jack Morton Auditorium
The George Washington University
805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Join us for OnStage Korea's 2nd Showcase of the 2017 season, featuring the inventive Korean traditional music ensemble Baraji (바라지) performing Beasohn: Song of Prayer and other signature works from their recent debut album. Deep emotion, time-honored tradition, and modern flair converge in the moving, life-affirming music of Baraji.
Following its launch in March, OnStage Korea events will continue to celebrate the richness and diversity of Korean performing arts throughout 2017 by presenting brilliant Korean and Korea-inspired performance artists from around the world in Washington, D.C.
The ensemble's name, baraji, is a pure Korean word that refers to the heartfelt care given through one's unconditional support. In Korean traditional music, baraji is also the impromptu singing by accompanists that adds harmony to lead vocals and enhances the color of music. The spirit of baraji is epitomized in Jindo Ssitgim Gut, a traditional shamanistic prayer for the peaceful rest of those who have passed away, through joyful singing and dancing.
Baraji focuses on polishing and reconstructing elements of traditional Korean music, such as harmony, vocals, and 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. Their first album, Beasohn, strives to portray a mother's never-ending love and devotion through a series of songs of prayer. Baraji was awarded the 1st Prize at the 5th Myriad Wave Concert in 2012 and was nominated as an APaMM Official Showcase at the Ulsan World Music Festival and Journey to Korean Music, organized by the Korea Arts Management Service.