Introducing the Grace Beat Quartet!
The Grace Beat Quartet, a collaborative project by Gugak Jazz Society, unites four talented musicians from the US and Korea to create a unique musical experience. Mina Cho on piano, Insoo Kim on Korean percussion, Yeongjin Kim on drums, and Max Ridley on bass create a harmonious blend of infectious rhythms and captivating melodies. Drawing inspiration from the concept of grace notes in music, which emphasize individual and cultural stylization, the quartet explores a diverse range of jazz-infused sounds from around the world.
In the program, the members of the Grace Beat Quartet will present their new music as well as selections from the Gugak Jazz Society's GreeKorea album. This showcases the seamless interplay of their musical journeys in the US, Korea, and Greece, even amidst the challenges of the pandemic. Collaborating with long-time friends George Lernis (Middle Eastern percussion) and Burcu Gulec (vocals) from Anatoliama, this Boston and Korea-based ensemble delivers a performance that celebrates the transformative power of music, the richness of cultural exchange, and the inherent grace in their musical expression.
Details about the show:
July 20, 2023, 8:00pm
(show at 8:00pm / doors at 7:30pm / $10 cover at the door)
The Lilypad – 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
Upcoming Shows by the Gugak Jazz Society:
2023 Traditional Korean Performing Arts Festival (2023 대한민국 전통연희축제)
Sunday, July 16, 2023, 7:30pm-9:00pm
@Yeonhee Stage at the National Gugak Center (국립국악원 연희마당, Seoul, Korea)
Grace Beat & GreeKorea (그레이스 비트와 그릭코리아)
Thursday, July 20, 2023, 8:00pm
(1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA)
The "Moonlight Harvest" Concert, Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:30pm
@Berklee Performance Center (136 Mass Ave, Boston, MA)
Samulnori Fantasy: Seasons Premiere in Boston Highlights (Part I) Sep 10, 2022@NEC's Jordan Hall
사물놀이 판타지: 계절 보스턴 초연 하이라이트 영상 (1차) – 2022년 9월 10일 뉴잉글랜드 컨서바토리 조던홀
written & composed by Mina Cho
performed by The Gugak Jazz Society
Stay tuned for our next episodes and upcoming album to be released in 2023
with the new title, Samulnori P'antasi: Seasons!
UnMyung 운명 ("Fate") from GreeKorea Spin-off with Samulnori Showcase
August 7, 2021@CJ Cultural Foundation, AZIT, Gwangheungchang (Seoul, Korea)
I feel truly grateful to be able to share with you the very final result of the GreeKorea project. Here is the documentary, which is our story. Hope this resonates with your hearts in a very special way.
"Everyone’s story resembles another’s, and it is our hope that this music can inspire you to think about how to live together even when we face conflicts and differences. ... Life is improvisational, replete with unanticipated and astonishing events. We improvise to find creative solutions in the moment. We keep trying."
(from the GreeKorea "Greeting the Moon" album booklet)
I am very pleased to announce the first official album of the Gugak Jazz Society, GREEKOREA "Greeting the Moon" <그릭코리아 "달맞이"가다> has been released both in the US and Korea.
Physical album (USA)
Physical album (Korea)
"그리스와 코리아가 만나 ‘그릭코리아’라는 또 다른 존재가 되었다. ‘그릭코리아’가 되어 함께 달맞이 가는 풍경을 그린 그들의 음악 이야기에 삶의 고단함이 녹아있고, 이를 웃음으로 전환시키는 재치와 멋이 깃들어 있으며, 끊임없이 탐구하고 창작하는 국악재즈소사이어티 멤버들의 열정이 담겨져 있다. ‘그릭코리아’ 달맞이 가다… 한 편의 영화를 본 듯한 감동과 여운의 파동이 오랫동안 느껴지는 앨범이다."
For more information: www.IGJI.org
Mina Cho's Pansori Cantata Gilryungjeon U.S. Premiere, October 8, 2019 @ New England Conservatory's Brown Hall