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November 5, 2009

Visiting artist from Korea to perform Nov. 7 in Brechemin Auditorium

Ethnomusicology visiting artist Bora Ju will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in Brechemin Auditorium. She will perform works from the Korean sanjo tradition as well as contemporary works on the gayageum (zither), with Peter Joon Park providing accompaniment on the janggu (drum). Special guest Nuri Jeong also performs on the geomungo (a six-string zither).


An elegant artist of extraordinary musical talent, the gayageum player Bora Ju is renowned for her exquisite and sophisticated playing. She studied with some of the most celebrated Korean traditional musicians and masters of gayageum that include Hae Sook Kim, Ui Sik Min and Ji Young Lee. Ju is considered as one of the most quintessentially trained traditional gayageum performers specializing in the performance lineage of Master Sung Geum-Nyeon. She also actively promotes contemporary music with a specialization on the 25-string gayageum.


As a soloist, Ju has performed numerous solo recitals in Seoul, and has frequently appeared on international music and theater festival stages around the world that include the Sibiu International Theater Festival with the group, “Sinjuku Yangsan Bak—King Ebi,” in Sibiu, Romania, the Sixth Annual Junior Leadership Festival in Brazil, the New York Korean Film Festival, the Fourth Annual Pansori Festival in Seoul, the Media Performance “Rhyme Modulation Nong,” in Seoul and the New Year’s Celebration Concert in Jacksonville, Oregon, among others.


Ju earned both her BA and MA degrees from the Korean National University of Arts. Her visit is made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea.


Tickets for the concert are $10, cash or check at the door.