East and West unite in Coreyah, a Korean world music band with four Korean traditional instrument players, a guitarist and a world music percussionist. On November 11th at 8 PM, Flushing Town Hall presents the Korean folklore ensemble to New Yorkers, giving residents a taste of music with influences from the other side of the globe.
Coreyah – a play on its homonym – describes itself as “traditional Korean ensemble meets Simon and Garfunkel.” The band plays the Tungso bamboo flute, Geomungo zither and Janggo drum, fitting in in a rock club just as well as in classical art halls. The ensemble endeavors to blur the lines between traditional Korean music and contemporary popular music by blending various styles ranging from Anglo-American rock music, Balkan gypsy music, and different genres from South America and Africa.
The band includes multi-percussionist Kyungi, Ashin Kweon (vocalist), Sangheum Park
(guitarist), Dong-kun Kim on traditional Korean wind instruments, Halee Jeong on Geomungo (the Korean zither), and Cho-rong Kim on traditional Korean percussion instruments.
Within a short span of time, Coreyah has made a global mark, appealing to audiences in various countries including Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Europe, and Asia. In 2012, Coreyah made it to the top 16 on KBS’s “Top Band II,” a band survival show, and was later invited to “Sfinx Mixed,” a world music festival held in Belgium. In 2013, the international band received the highest mark at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, when it toured Europe. Coreyah also won “Group of the Year” at KBS 2014 Korean Traditional Music Awards. Following the release of their new album, “Seoul Folks”, the band is kicking off its first national tour in the United States and Canada with the performance at Flushing Town Hall.
Tickets cost $16 for non-members and $10 for members and students. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/2dtNSDM.