Aram Lee / Korea
Music Group NAMU
Aram Lee, a Bamboo flutist, composer, producer, is a founder and director of Music Group NAMU. He is a Musical Director of Yeowoorak Festival in 2020 as well as in 2018. Lee won the Winds Instruments Winner at 36th KBS(Korean Broadcasting System) Gugak Music Awards. He is also a member of BlackString.
CHA WOO JIN / Korea
CHA WOO JIN is interested in the media environment of music and the lifestyle of consumers. Writing about new media, content, platforms, and fan culture is being written to various media.
[Understanding popular music] and [Idol: From H.O.T. to Girls' Generation...] and [Korean Indie Label] and [Music Industry, Plate Change] were written by him.
He established TMI FM, a startup that provides consulting based on cultural research.
Curtis Cambou / France
Curtis Cambou is the owner of <Mosaic> a Record shop specialized in alternative music based in the Jung-Gu District of Seoul.
He also operates <Daehan Electronics>, which mostly re-releases Avant-Gardist & Electronic Korean music from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as <Braindance Records>, which is a label that releases Korean electronic/techno music. His DJ alias goes by DJ '6TS'.
Hyunpill Shin / Korea
Hyunpill Shin well equipped himself with basic training during his experience in the Department of Classic Composition and moved onto Applied Music division in Seoul Institute of Art.
He then hardened countenance as a saxophone player and advanced into Berkelee College of Music where is took on a double major in jazz composition and performance.
He made a fancy debut in the music industry in Korea as he was awarded with 'The Best Soloist of the year' award in an international contest in the 2010 Jarasum International Jazz Festival. From then on, he collaborated with the representative jazz musicians in South Korea and formed SB Circle with ‘Gayageum player, Kyongso Park. After he released ’Topology’ with SB Circle, he continuously toured inside and outside of Korea.
He also compose for numerous major films and TV drama as director.
Jeonghye Yun / Korea
Soorim Cultural Foundation
After majoring in Arts Management, as the Head of the Planning and Strategy of the Soorim Cultural Foundation, Yun Jeong Hye has worked on planning and promoting the foundation’s projects.
Since 2012, she has organized the Soorim NewWave(formerly Bookchon Music Festival), which is a center for creation and for discovering young Korean musical artists, and she has also directed various collaborations with visual arts, fusion, and complex genres.
KIM HYUNGGUN (SSAKO) / Korea
The Tell Tale Heart / JAMBINAI
Hyunggun Kim is well known as the manager of JAMBINAI.
He is pursuing a "job that supports everything necessary besides creating music itself."
In 2008, he started his career at the hardcore/punk label GMC Records and worked with bands such as Vassline, 49 Molphines, and Apollo 18. Since JAMBINAI's debut in 2010, he has been in charge of all management tasks. In 2015, he launched a new small-selection, 'The Tell-tale Heart.' And released records of JAMBINAI and Billy Carter. In addition, foreign artists such as MONO (JPN) and tricot (JPN) have performed in Korea, and distributing and PR about Ginger Root (US) in Asia. He will continue to work on connecting Korea with a piece of world music.
Park Jiha / Korea
The music of composer/performer Park Jiha blends classical minimalism and improvised music with traditional Korean instruments.
Creating astonishing contemporary compositions with these instruments, Park Jiha has staked her place in the international music scene over the last few years as the official showcase for The World Music Expo, WOMEX and Classical:NEXT. Her first solo album, Communion (2018, tak:til/ Glitterbeat Records), pursued more distant sound traditions and an eclectic instrumental palette.
Collaborating with musicians from different genres, the project pursues a form of experimental minimalism that rejects ornamentation in favor of a stark clarity and meticulous balance.
Pitchfork said of the album, “Jiha’s gift is in her ability to skirt dull prettiness in favor of exploiting the edges of her instruments, yet not at the expense of tangible, straightforward melodies.” Recently, Park Jiha released her new album titled Philos (2019, tak:til/ Glitterbeat Records) and has been performing it both in Korea and abroad.
Park Jung Yong / Korea
Park Jung-yong has been working as a representative of the concert hall Veloso (www.veloso.co.kr) since 2008.
From 2011 to 2016, he was in charge of the planning and production of the video project ‘Naver On Stage,’ and has been working to promote and introduce genre music through various activities including as the producer of Live Club Day (2015-2020), programmer of the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (2018-2019), and a member of the Korean Music Awards Selection Committee (2005-2020).
Shawn Choi / Korea
Founding Director, SORI
Director of Marketing & Community Engagement, Flushing Town Hall
Shawn Choi came to New York from Seoul in 2004, and moved from studying performing arts administration at New York University to working in development, marketing, and presenting at Flushing Town Hall (2007-present).
Choi longed to build stronger ties between the Korean traditional and contemporary music scene and American audiences, which inspired him to found his own agency, SORI (2016-present). Choi has been an instrumental figure in raising awareness of Korea’s diverse and unique performing arts scene in the U.S. and Canada.
SORI is a New York City based artist agency specializing in Korean world music and its mission is to introduce powerful works of Korean music to a global, culturally curious audience in North America and beyond. SORI’s works include programming, producing, booking and touring as well as artist branding and marketing services.
In 2019, SORI presented 8 Korean artists in over 39 different cities in 6 countries at 50 different world-renowned venues and festivals including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, World Music Festival Chicago, Philadelphia Folk Festival, American Folkfest, Vancouver Folk Music Fest, WOMAD UK, and Globaltica to name a few.
SORI’s current artist roster includes Ak Dan Gwang Chil, Black String, Coreyah, Joe Kye, Kim So Ra, Lee Heemoon & Prelude, NAMU, and NST & the Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee.
Learn more at www.sori.nyc
Si-kyeong Song / Korea
Arts Council Korea
Si-kyeong Song is the head of Performing Arts Division at Arts Council Korea where he had worked for almost 30 years since 1992. Moreover, Song participated not only in the research of Asian Arts Theatre by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism but also consulted about legal and institutional resource to promote Foundational Arts by Culture and Tourism Committee.
Song Hyun-min / Korea
Editor-in-Chief / Music Critic
After receiving the 13th Auditorium Art Critic Award, he has been playing criticism, lectures, writing, and advisory roles between classical music and traditional performing arts. Currently,
he is the editor-in-chief of monthly [audience], an adjunct professor at Kookmin University, a member of the operating advisory committee of the National Gugak Center and Seoul Namsan Gugakdang, and a program director for the National Orchestra of Korea.
Victor.M.K.Kye / Korea
Jarasum Jazz Festival
After having worked at LG Arts Center as music producer for 6 year, now working on Jarasum Jazz Festival as a programmer and Director from 2007,
Program director for Gwangju Worldmusic Festival (a.k.a ACC World Music Fetival) Between 2010 and 2017, and several music festival such as Jazzpresso festival, Sea and Jazz Festival, Yeowoorak festival, Hi Seoul Festival, Voyage to Jarasum and so forth.
Been participating in a many many international Jazz& Worldmusic festival and international music fair for working to create and develop artistic
Won il / Korea
Gyeonggi Sinawi Orchestra
Won-il is a representative figure in the field of traditional Korean music, and has been active as a performer, composer, professor, artistic director, and band leader.
He is currently serving as the artistic director of the Gyeonggi Sinawi Orchestra and is hosting Yeosiamun, a radio program for Korean traditional music broadcasting.
Won-il is the inheritor of the important intangible cultural asset No. 46, Daechwita and Piri Jeongak. He served as the artistic director for the National Gugak Orchestra from 2012 to 2015, for the Yeo Woo-rak Festival from 2017, for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
He also served as the general director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 100th National Sports Festival and the 39th National Para Games in 2019.
Won Il formed the world music group 'Puri' in 1993 and served as the representative of the Korean music ensemble 'Wind Flower' from 2007 to 2011.