Boston Korea: Mystic melody at MIT, Kayageum virtuoso TeRra Han

Mystic melodies at MIT, Kayageum virtuoso TeRra Han

Boston Korea 2012-04-22, 18:24:59


“Beautiful melodies that as like the sounds of waterfall”

The OST, Moon River of  ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’  Gayageum Arrangement by TeRra Han


(Boston-Boston Korea) Kim Hyun-cheon = “I was really surprised by all the people who were at the performance hall. Western musical instruments do not make such a sound. Her kayageum performance was extraordinary. ”


Professor Nicholas Makris of MIT, has tongued that all the students and people attended the TeRra Han’s concert, and even Indians were proud with her as a same Asians.


From the age of four Ms. Han started playing piano, and in addition to kayageum, she is currently visiting New York with the grant of Asian Cultural Council as the first kayageum player. Interviewed with TeRra Han who is young kayageum musician who arranged Moon River of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s with kayageum in addition to the traditional Kayagum Grammar  in the Massachusetts Institution of Technology in Boston.


Please tell us what songs you played at MIT

I played a song of the 25th prefecture kayageum variations of North Korea’s, “Doraji” and Breakfast at Tiffany’s  OST, Moon River which I arranged  and performed the traditional kayageum Sanjo.


In addition to traditional kayageum music, what are you performing of modern songs?

It has all genres including popular music, avant-garde experimental music, contemporary popular music and movie music, rock and jazz classical works. Unfortunately, other performers mainly stick to their own domain. Because it is not easy to take the tradition and modern together.


Is there a particular distinction of your instrument?

It is the work of the human cultural property Mr. Koheung. My Sanjo kayageum is very energetic and my friends can not afford it. Nonghyun (Vibrato) or a lot of energy is needed to tear the strings. So, I used to hear my playing is dynamic with strong power.

Originally my dream was a pianist. Studying Western music such as piano, violin, and flute seems to be a great helps in applying 25-string kayageum and modern music to Korean music.


What is your impression after the performance at MIT?

It means that I had an opportunity to introduce the Asian stringed instruments that I have been studying in the past, and to show the specificity of Asian music and the universality of music through the kayageum in detail. It was the first effort of MIT and TeRra Han’s  to meet science and art. It was really more spectacular performance than any other performance in the mean time, anywhere.


What is the impression of Boston?

In Boston, I was impressed that it would be good to study ancient music. I saw so many ancient musical instruments in the Boston Museum. Lute, Harpsichord, Viola, Gamba, and so on. When I come to Boston in the future, I would love to study about the ancient music, find it, and apply it to kayageum. In addition to this, music such as jazz and rock is also being developed by many artists with the color of Boston by own. I want to try joint music together next time.


What is your plan for the future?

We have put a lot of weight on the academic side. But now I want to share what I have done with many people. That’s why I did the MIT lecture and concert this time.

Although I am proud that Korea’s kayageum is one of the most beautiful instruments, but I think I can do better by learning from others. So I have been never stopping to study Asian string instruments such as Chinese guitar and Japanese koto, et.c. The end of April is the end of the fellowship. Then I go to Japan. We will make efforts to open the limits of Korean music and move into the world.


TeRra Han, Kayageum, Gayageum, Boston Korea, MIT

TeRra Han, Kayageum, Gayageum, Boston Korea, MIT

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