Saturday, September 29, 2018: 7:30 PM

Pianist Jihye Chang: Co-Ko (Contemporary Korea)

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
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Co-Ko is a solo piano program that explores the topic of identity and personality through various kinds of music written by Korean composers. There are many prominent Korean composers actively writing in Europe, U. S. A., and in Korea. I have worked with several living Korean composers and have been always fascinated by the variety in their styles and artistic goals. With different educational backgrounds, current positions, ideals, and aesthetics, their music represents a vast scope of current classical music. Some composers actively examine their “Korean-ness” in their music by borrowing musical elements from existing Korean music. Some intentionally avoid the issue and try not to compose something that would sound Korean. Some are more influenced by the aesthetics of the European contemporary music.

In the fall of 2017 I received a score (“Co-Ko for Piano Solo”) from Texu Kim, who studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. It has three movements exploring past and current trends of Korean music, including folk and popular/commercial. This piece gave me the inspiration to explore further what I have observed as a performer based in the U. S. A., and develop these experiences into a meaningful concert experience. I have reached out to several composers and have gathered many wonderful pieces that show the spirit and vast scope of current Korean contemporary music. I am very happy to present a program that includes the Grawemeyer and Sibelius winning Unsuk Chin, one of the leading composers in Korea, Shinuh Lee, and composers making great music in the states including the prominent Bay Area composers Hyoshin Na and Jean Ahn.