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Traditional Korean Music Ensemble to Perform at the University of Hartford

Posted 07/08/2013
Posted by David Isgur

Celebrate the exquisite traditional performing arts of Korea as the internationally renowned Ensemble Sinawi from South Korea will perform shamanistic improvisations in a concert sponsored by the Humanities Department of the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College. The concert will take place on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Regents Commons area inside Hillyer Hall at the University of Hartford.

Korean sinawi music originally accompanied propitiatory rites presided over by a female shaman, or mudang. The word sinawi is also synonymous with musical improvisation based on various rhythmic and melodic devices--the most important characteristic of this genre. This group of sinawi performed by five performers and varying instrumentation evokes the otherworldly sonic space of the shamanistic spirit realm.

The Ensemble Sinawi will also be performing at the of the Lincoln Center Heritage Out-of-Doors Korean music concert in New York City at the beginning of August, presented through the Center for Traditional Music in New York City.

For more information, contact Anthony T. Rauche, associate professor of ethnomusicology and music theory and chair of the Humanities Department in the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College, at 860.768.4240 or