Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Korean opera at REDCAT LA Nov. 13

REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, presents an evening of Korean traditional music performed by celebrated singer Bae Il-Dong and drummer Kim Dong Won. Performing music from "The Opera Project," a San Francisco World Music Festival Production, the remarkable duo will present P'ansori: Korean Opera and Improvisation at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm.

Rough-hewn, quavering, soulful song accompanied by a single drum is the hallmark of p'ansori, the centuries-old Korean folk opera style that has enjoyed a resurgence in recent decades. Singer Bae Il-Dong and drummer Kim Dong Won are among the finest contemporary practitioners of the art, with the former famed for his interpretation of the epic song Shimch'ŏngga (The Song of the Filial Daughter); both are also brilliant improvisers.

Rooted in shamanism, p'ansori calls on vocalists in particular to train painstakingly in isolation. To develop his strength of voice, Bae Il-Dong spent seven years singing into a roaring waterfall—the traditional training method of p'ansori singers. Percussionist and educator Kim Dong Won, meanwhile, has toured the world as a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. This extraordinary performance also features percussionist Jim Santi Owen, music director of the San Francisco World Music Festival.

Event webpage on REDCAT.ORG:



Tuesday, November 13 at 8:30 pm

$20 general ($16 students & members)

Seating is general admission and tickets are available for purchase in-person at REDCAT Box Office, by phone at213 237-2800, or online at

For current program and exhibition information call 213 237-2800 or visit

Location/Parking: REDCAT is located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex with a separate entrance at the corner of West 2nd and Hope Streets. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking structure. $9 event rate or $5 for vehicles entering after 8:00 pm on weekdays.

Street Address: 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

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