IF VOLCANOES COULD SING - THE ART OF PANSORI
Bae Il-Dong spent seven years alone in the mountains of Korea, sleeping in a hut, and singing every morning into a roaring waterfall for up to 18 hours a day. Kim Dong-Won is a master drummer and vocalist, and plays regularly with Yo-Yo Ma as a member of his internationally acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble. Both were featured artists in Intangible Asset No. 82, a documentary about a jazz drummer’s search for an elusive Korean Pansori singer, which debuted at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil, and was a finalist in the Audience Vote for Best Documentary. The film went on to win BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Durban International Film Festival, BEST SOUND IN DOCUMENTARY at the 2009 AFI Awards Australia, and was voted runner-up for Most Popular Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, [7 - 10 pm]
700 PM Screening: "Intangible Asset Number 82" (2009/dir. by Emma Franz)
830 PM Live Pansori Performance: "Song of Sim Cheong" (with English surtitles)
Princess Cinema, 6 Princess Street West, Waterloo
Tickets: $30 regular, $20 arts workers/seniors; $10 student rush
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“Every pore of his being is devoted to expressing the deep emotion he feels for traditional Korean culture. Its philosophy, physicality and spirituality are organic to Dong-Won's art.It is an inspiration to make music with him.”
- Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist/Artistic director of Silk Road Ensemble
"If Volcanoes could sing, then they would sound like Bae, Il-Dong. The Korean's voice has such breathe that it not only fills physical space like a lava flow, but seems to stretch back across time"- John Shand, ABC Jazz
This concert is presented with the support of the Musagetes Foundation and Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music.