May is Asian Heritage Cultural Month and the San Francisco Public Library has decided to kick it off with a concert featuring music of the Asian diaspora. This will be a rare opportunity to see performers from different Asian countries that are not normally featured together in the same concert.
Representing Korea will be Narae Kwon on the twelve string zither called kayageum (pronounced “guy-ah-goom”). Narae Kwon was educated at Seoul National University in Korea and worked at the Busan National Gugak (Korean traditional music) Center in 2009-2010. She has given performances in the Bay Area since 2012. Narae Kwon holds a Master’s degree in music education from San Francisco State University in the field of music education. She has specialized in methods of teaching traditional Korean music to the general public.
Chinese music will be represented by Shura Taylor who will play the Chinese zither called “guzheng” (pronounced: “goo-jung”). The guzheng has a characteristic delicate shimmering sound that evokes cranes standing near a serene pond or the musical sound of a cascading waterfall. Shura Taylor began learning Guzheng in Macau at the age of 15. She currently studies under Master Liu Weishan, and regularly performs in public, school events, and with the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society.
The music of Vietnam will be presented by Lannie Trieu who will play the rare Vietnamese zither called đàn tranh. Lannie Trieu began studying đàn tranh under Emmy Award winning artist, Van-Anh “Vanessa” Vo, with whom she frequently performs with. Her main goal is to make Vietnamese instrumental music more prominent in the community and to help bridge old traditional music with new fusion styles.
Sensei Shoko Hikage will showcase the music of Japan on the thirteen string Japanese koto. Shoko Hikage began playing koto at the age of three. She was accepted as a special research student at the Sawai Sokyoku under Tadao and Kazue Sawai, where she received her master’s certificate. In 1992, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to teach koto. She moved to San Francisco in 1997, where she continues her concert and teaching activities.
Asian Heritage Cultural Month Concert Friday May 1, 2015. Main library, lower level. 2:30-4:00 PM. Admission: Free. Additional info at sfpl.org.
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