InKo Centre in association with The Korea Foundation, The Ministry of Culture Sport and Tourism, Republic of Korea, the Korea Arts Management Service and the Performance Art Market in Seoul, is delighted to present Be-Being, one of Korea’s most original, contemporary music ensembles in India. The group will premiere Li and Sa, an enthralling confluence of Korean traditional music, recorded and computer processed sounds, Buddhist chants and dances and video projection at the Kolkata International Music Festival in Kolkata on 15 November 2012 and at the Hindu Friday Review November Music Festival in Chennai on 17 November 2012.

Be-Being, a young and modern ensemble mixing traditional and contemporary art in an innovative and exciting manner is a project group established by seven musicians in Korea in 2007, who have collaborated for many years across various genres including popular music (Uhuhboo Project), modern dance (Eun Me-Ahn’s Modern Dance), Korean traditional music and film scores (Young-Gyu Jang’s film music). The members of Be-Being work in diverse fields of music: Young-Gyu Jang is a famous composer across experimental and popular arts; Won-Il Na, Ji-Yeon Koh, and Joon-il Choi, are respected musicians in the Korean traditional music scene; and Young-Hoon Oh is a prestigious sound engineer in Korea. They come together as a group called Be-Being in order to experiment with Korean traditional music and visual arts vis-a-vis contemporary art and culture. Selectively developing and integrating Korean traditional music and other musical legacies, Be-Being avoids conventional musical practices and creates a new form of music, complementing dance, video and drama, transforms into a synthetic and interdisciplinary art form, a sort of total art based on Korean traditional music and visual arts.

The visually and aurally stunning Buddhist music project Li and Sa is an enthralling confluence of Korean traditional recorded and computer processed sounds, Buddhist chants and dances and video projection, guided by of JeongGak, a Buddhist priest, who joins the group as an advisor and performer. Live music is played, mixed and engineered with electronic sounds, against an absorbing backdrop of omnipresent video projections.

Li and Sa is a creation by music and performance collective Be-Being, comprising some of Korea’s most prominent and illustrious artists in traditional and modern music: The performance reflects and mirrors a modern sensibility and is informed by a keen awareness of art forms centuries old, which resound with a contemporary resonance.

This project seeks to understand the Buddhist philosophy embodied in and seeks to re-interpret traditional Buddhist music and dance from the perspective of contemporary art. The title Li and Sa refers to Do-Li (reason) and Sa-Sang (phenomenon), which are two different but complementary approaches to Buddhist philosophy. Li represents an intellectual way to find the purpose of consciousness; Sa represents an affectionate way to have sympathy for everything. This duality underscores all Buddhist rituals and musical practices.

Be-Being’s process of creating music illuminates some of the magic of this phenomenon. The members find a theme within the realm of traditional music and embed this motif into a whole sequence of music, chants, imagery and rhythms to create a new, interdisciplinary art form.

Li and Sa marks Be-Being’s first collaboration and was first staged in Seoul in 2008. It toured Europe late in 2010 to critical acclaim.

Credits:

  • Young-Gyu Jang - Music Director, Composer
  • Soon-a Park- Gayageum (Korean zither with movable bridges)
  • Won-Il Na - Piri (Korean cylindrical oboe with bamboo body)
  • Joon-il Choi - Janggu (Korean hourglass-shaped double-headed drum)
  • Seung-Hee Lee - Pansori (Korean traditional vocal art)
  • Jieun Kang - Haegeum (Korean vertical fiddle with two strings)
  • Young-Hoon Oh - Sound Engineer
  • Jimmy Kim –Stage & Company Manage

Performances:
2008 Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, LIG Art Hall, Seoul, Korea.

2009 Be-Being & Eun-Me Ahn, Rabbit is dancing, Heidelberger SchlossFestspiele, Heidelberg, Germany.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, BukchonChangwoo Theater, Seoul, Korea.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, Performing Arts Market In Seoul (PAMS), Korea.
Be-Being & Eun-MiAhn, Rabbit is dancing, Festspielhaus St. Poelten, Austria.
Be-Being, Korean masque music project Yi-myun-gong-jak, LIG Art Hall, Seoul, Korea.

2010 Eun-Me Ahn Company, Symphoca Princess Bari- Part II, Myeongdong Theater, Seoul, Korea.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, The 5th international digital art festival at Enghien-les-Bains, Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains, France.
Be-Being & Eun-Me Ahn, Rabbit is crying, Heidelberger SchlossFestspiele, Heidelberg, Germany.
Be-Being, Congratulatory Performance for the 21c Korean Music Project, Yeakdang, The National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Seoul, Korea.
Be-Being & Eun-Me Ahn, Gwanginbo, Opening Performance for Gwangju Biennale 2010, Gwangju, Korea.
Eun-Me Ahn Company, Symphoca Princess Bari-Part I, SuseongArtpia, Daegu, Korea.
Be-Being, Opening Performance for Performing Arts Market In Seoul (PAMS), KB Haneul Youth Theater, National Theater of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Be-Being, Opening Performance for WOMEX, DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, MuseenDahlem, Berlin, Germany.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, International Sacred Music Festival at Uppsala, Sweden.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, LIG Art Hall, Seoul, Korea.

2011 Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa, Esplanade, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore.
Be-Being, Korean masque music project Yi-myun-gong-jak, Theatre Pepjin, Den Hague, Holland.
Be-Being, Korean masque music project Yi-myun-gong-jak, Roskilde Festival, Denmark.
Be-Being, Korean masque music project Yi-myun-gong-jak, Brave Festival, Wroclaw, Poland.
Be-Being, Buddhist music project Li and Sa Darwin Festival, Australia.
Be-Being, Court music project CheopCheop, LIG Art Hall, Korea.

2012 Be-Being, Korean masque music project Yi-myun-gong-jak, K-Music Festival, London (Elizabeth Hall), U.K.

Performance dates: 15 November 2012: Kolkata International Music Festival, Kolkata
17 November 2012: The Hindu Friday Review November Music Festival, Chennai
Workshop: 18 November 2012 in Chennai
*For further information about the workshop and to register, please contact
InKo Centre - 044-24361224 or e-mail enquires@inkocentre.org

InKo Centre is delighted to premiere Be-Being’s Li & Sa at the following Festivals in India:

The Hindu Friday Review November Music Festival

The Friday Review Novfest music festival launched in 2005 at Chennai has become an important date in the country’s calendar of cultural events. The objective of this festival, which is positioned as a curtain raiser to Chennai’s December music season, is to present genres of music that are novel and interesting. This year’s edition which will be presented in Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad has an eclectic mix with outstanding performances from India, South Korea, Germany and Australia.

The Kolkata International Music Festival

Song of Soul in association with SOS Productions presents the 5th edition of the ‘Kolkata International Music Festival’ (KIMF). Be it Folk & Tribal Music, Jazz or World Music, KIMF celebrates the power of collective creativity. The Festival focuses on the power of art to transform life and to celebrate the creativity of cultures and individuals from across India and the globe. KIMF comes in two categories- World Music (15-18 November 2012) and Folk & Tribal Music (13-16 December 2012). The 5th edition will include artists from India, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Israel, Australia and Canada.

The Kolkata International Music Festival

Song of Soul in association with SOS Productions presents the 5th edition of the ‘Kolkata International Music Festival’ (KIMF). Be it Folk & Tribal Music, Jazz or World Music, KIMF celebrates the power of collective creativity. The Festival focuses on the power of art to transform life and to celebrate the creativity of cultures and individuals from across India and the globe. KIMF comes in two categories- World Music (15-18 November 2012) and Folk & Tribal Music (13-16 December 2012). The 5th edition will include artists from India, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Israel, Australia and Canada.

The Korea Foundation

The Korea Foundation, established in 1991 as an affiliate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aims to promote awareness and understanding of Korea throughout the world. It aims to enhance international goodwill and friendship through the implementation of various international exchange programmes. The major Foundation activities include support for Korean Studies programmes overseas; fellowships and grants to encourage and assist foreign students and scholars interested in Korea; intellectual exchanges and forums to promote bilateral ties with other nations as well as people-to-people interactions to boost mutual understanding between Korea and other countries; cultural exchanges to introduce the unique characteristics of Korean culture to the world.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism develops and implements a wide range of policies to promote culture, arts, sports, tourism and religion so as to provide cultural opportunities to the public. A total of 30 information officers are dispatched by the Ministry to 26 Korean Cultural Centers in 21 countries. www.korea.net, the government’s official multilingual website, is run by the Ministry’s major subsidiary, the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS).

KAMS (Korea Arts Managements Service)

KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service) was established in January 2006 as a non-profit, public foundation for the development of Korean performing arts. With support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, KAMS offers multi-faceted assistance that aims to bolster the sustainability of arts groups and organizations, while strengthening their competitive advantages by developing diverse and effective support systems for more efficient arts management. KAMS enables performing arts companies in Korea to broaden their horizons and presence by evaluating their management strategy, offering consulting services, and expanding their market capability through innovative distribution networks in domestic and overseas markets.

PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul)

PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul) is an annual international performing arts market, where members of the industry, including artists, arts groups, managers, theater programmers, festival artistic directors and performance planners, can gather together in one place, share artistic visions and exchange information on performance art trends. PAMS was established in 2005 with the support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote the development of international distribution channels for Korean performing arts.