Live in Studio A: Korean Percussionists Kim So Ra and Hyun Seung Hun | WYPR

Live in Studio A: Korean Percussionists Kim So Ra and Hyun Seung Hun

Aug 16, 2019

Credit Courtesy of Creative Alliance

Today, Live in Studio A, Tom welcomes the Korean master percussionist Kim So Raand her husband and bandmate, Hyun Seung Hun.

An award-winning Korean traditional percussionist, composer, and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, Kim So Ra is one of the most skilled and prominent janggu (Korean double-headed drum) players in South Korea. Kim is known for her genre-bending performances that combine traditional rhythms with modern interpretative styles.

Kim has received eight 1st-place awards from major South Korean music competitions since 2005, and  has also showcased at international music festivals  such as WOMEX 2018 and Mundial Montreal 2018. She is currently on a major European and North American tour. Her latest album, A Sign of Rain, was nominated as the Best Jazz & Crossover Album at the 2019 Korean Music Awards, the South Korean equivalent of America's Grammys.

Hyun Seung Hun, who accompanies Kim on a traditional buk drum and brass gong, is also a versatile musician and dancer. 

This segment was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page; you can watch the video here

Kim, Hyun and a traveling ensemble appeared Friday night at the Creative Alliance here in Baltimore. For more information, click here.