JAZZ ORCHESTRA PLAYS GUGAK
by Jihye Lee Orchestra
2021 OPEN STAGE
“Goodbye 460 Park, Building the Future Together”
Presented by the Korean Cultural Center New York
Friday, July 30, 2021, 12 pm
KCCNY YouTube Channel
The fifth performance we present is JAZZ ORCHESTRA PLAYS GUGAK by the Jihye Lee Orchestra.
The Jihye Lee Orchestra has been premiering new works since 2018 that composer Jihye Lee has created by bringing Korean traditional music into jazz orchestra art form.
The Orchestra will be performing arrangements of Korean pansori "Bang-Ah Taryung," "Sae Taryung," and folk song "Arirang" along with Jihye Lee's original compositions incorporating Korean traditional music elements. "Nowhere Home" depicts immigrants' wandering souls and "Karma" delivers special Korean emotional statement: up-bo (업보). Those repertoires will be played by a 10 piece-orchestra, consisting of 9 players with a composer/conductor.
"We believe many hearts can be touched by listening to the classic Korean folk song numbers. The music from the motherland that is deeply carved in our soul, will provide comfort and encourage us to overcome these challenging times."
This program is a chance to reach out to a wider global audience online, to let them hear how two different art forms from East and West can harmonize, complement one another, and create new unheard sounds. The musical experiment can inspire listeners to be open-minded, to embrace differences in culture, and ultimately bring peace to the world in these challenging times.
1. Bang-Ah Taryung (Arrangement)
2. Sae Taryung (Arrangement)
3. Nowhere Home
5. Arirang (Arrangement)
Jihye Lee Orchestra
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Jihye Lee (Composer | Conductor)
Haeun Joo (Piano)
Evan Gregor (Bass)
Mark Ferber (Drum)
Ben Kono (Reeds)
Charles Pillow (Reeds)
Carl Maraghi (Reeds)
John Lake (Trumpet)
Alex Norris (Trumpet)
Alan Ferber (Trombone)
Jihye Lee Orchestra tells stories through music that is adventurous and honest. The 17 piece jazz orchestra led by Korean composer Jihye Lee, has performed at venues such as Birdland Jazz, Symphony Space, The Jazz Gallery in NYC, Amherst College (MA) and Washington DC Jazz Festival. Jazz Orchestra's wide dynamic range brings colorful emotions and the honesty of her music through the powerful art form invites the audience to humanity.
Jihye Lee is a jazz composer and bandleader based in New York, highly regarded for her personal and adventurous storytelling approach to large-ensemble jazz.
Her recent album Daring Mind on the Motéma label is getting raved attention from all over the world, covered in The New York Times, JazzTimes, DownBeat, Telerama, Le Monde, Jazz Thing, JazzWise, Musica Jazz, Süddeutsche Zeitung and GRAMMY.com to name a few.
Lee has received the 2020 ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize and the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize and Manny Albam Commission in 2018. She has written music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz.