Urban + Aboriginal XVI: Ancient and New Music from Korea

12. – 21.11.2004

Beginning the Year of Korea 2005 / On tour in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Leipzig

Korean music has not been heard on a large scale in Berlin since the Horizonte festival in 1985. URBAN + ABORIGINAL XVI now presents old and new music from Korea in a wide-ranging series of events. Concerts featuring significant works in the history of Korean music offer opportunities to experience, as never before, the rich musical legacy of the court and the literati in complete versions and authentic musical form. Included in the festival are the first full-length performances in Germany of the classic ensemble suite Kajin hoesang, the aristocratic-erudite song cycle Yeochang gagok and the five-hour-long p’ansori “Simchong-ga” (epic song passed down in the oral tradition, a cross between folk music and art music).

To generate an exciting dialogue with those works, the festival introduces vanguard South Korean contemporary composers who have eloquently transcended the dichotomy between western-modern and oriental-traditional concepts. The festival also presents current trends in pop and electronic music from the Seoul underground, improvised music and performances, folk songs and modern p’ansori. In addition, a media lounge provides a sense of the everyday musical environment of Korea via Internet live-streaming of radio stations playing pop and traditional music, and via video clips and computer art. In a roundtable discussion, the composers will delve into the background of the musical culture of Korea, a culture as multi-layered as it is contradictory.

URBAN + ABORIGINAL XVI continues its long-standing collaboration with the Berliner Kulturveranstaltungs-GmbH, and Podewil will again host the thirteen November concerts. This year, for the first time, the five ensembles appearing in Berlin will also go on tour to Utrecht, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Leipzig. The festival marks the beginning of the Year of Korea 2005, during which the country presents itself at numerous cultural, political and business events throughout Germany. Korea is the focal point of the Asia Pacific Weeks 2005.

A performance series by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. in cooperation with the Berliner Kulturveranstaltungs-GmbH / Podewil. Under the auspices of His Excellence Youngmin Kwon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin. Made possible by funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. The main sponsor: Samsung. With support from Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Republic of Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea, Government Information Agency, Republic of Korea and Berliner Kulturveranstaltungs-GmbH, Asiana Airlines, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Presented by zitty.

Festival director: Vilém Wagner / Concept and artistic direction: Matthias R. Entreß and Daniel N. Seel / Direction Korea: Yi Manbang / Coordination Korea: Lee Yunseck / Project direction Podewil: Elke Moltrecht / Program team: Matthias R. Entreß, Elke Moltrecht, Matthias Osterwold, Daniel N. Seel, Vilém Wagner, Yi Manbang / Organization: Hongza Dörge / Korean music management, Llúcia Sánchez, Ute Wassermann


Freitag, 12.11.2004

18:00 foyer: Festival opening
19:30 main hall: Kajin Hoesang
The Yeak Academy for Ancient Korean Music, Seoul
22:00 main hall: Kang Ho-jung-Quartet

Samstag, 13.11.2004

17:00 main hall: P´ansori Simchong-ga
Wang Ki-seok / Han Seung-seok

Sonntag, 14.11.2004

19:30 main hall: Yeochang Gagok
Yi A-mi – Gesang
The Yeak Academy for Ancient Korean Music, Seoul

Dienstag, 16.11.2004

19:30 Podewil studios: Sanjo-Lounges
The Yeak Academy for Ancient Korean Music, Seoul

Donnerstag, 18.11.2004

19:30 main hall: Porträt Hwang Byung-ki
Hwang Byung-ki, Ji Ae-ri, Yun In-suk, Kim Woong-sik
22:00 Podewil club: Park Chang-soo  – laptop, video projections

Freitag, 19.11.2004

19:30 main hall: New Music 1
Modern Art Sextet, Berlin and guests
Cardew Ensemble Berlin
22:00 Podewil club: Lee Ja-ram – Modern p’ansori and folk songs

Samstag, 20.11.2004

15:00 Podewil studios: Sanjo-Lounges
The Yeak Academy for Ancient Korean Music, Seoul
19:30 main hall: Improvisation and sound performances
Park Je-chun, Lee Yun-kyung, Park Chang-soo

Sonntag, 21.11.2004

17:30 Podewil club: Roundtable discussion with festival composers
19:30 main hall: New Music 2
The Barton Workshop, Amsterdam
22:00 Closing festival concert in the Tanzprobensaal
The Yeak Academy for Ancient Korean Music, Seoul

Foyer (12. – 21.11.): Media lounge

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