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Coreyah to perform kaleidoscope of Korean sounds in concert April 24 in Alumni Hall

Free, public, all-ages concert features pre-event talk and post-event dance party

UNIVERSITY PARK (Thursday, April 4) — Coreyah will make its Penn State debut with a kaleidoscopic program featuring nouveau K-pop and Korean legacy musical styles at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Alumni Hall.

The general-admission event is free and open to all ages, but registration is required. Register online.

Visit Coreyah online for more information about the main event, a pre-event talk and an after-concert dance.

Coreyah performs a unique and imaginative blend of customary percussion, flute, and stringed instruments with driving, rhythmic percussion to create a traditional Korean folk-modern rock fusion. The artists are Kim Dongkun (daegeum, sogeum, tungso), Ham Boyoung (vocal), Jeong Jun Kyu (percussion, Chulhyungeum), An Sangwook aka “Kyungyi” (percussion), Kim Yerim (geomungo) and Ko Jaehyeon (guitar).

“Their performances are not only engaging and fun, super danceable, they are also packed with history and occasion and culture. They are deeply rooted in Korean tradition, the music and feature a lot of Korean folk instruments — like wind, string, vocal and percussion styles,” said Shawn Choi, the band’s representative.

The Seoul-based band toured the United States annually from 2016 through 2019, then the outbreak derailed the tradition. This year’s tour is the band’s first since the pandemic.

An Sangwoo, the band’s founder and percussionist, described the program as being participatory — “a blend of traditional Korean written tradition meets clap.”

“We clap with basic rhythm of the Korean styles. We do a lot of clap in our show” and invite the audience to clap along, he said.

Watch Coreyah perform a Tiny Desk Concert.

Pre-performance discussion

A free and informal moderated discussion with the artists will be offered at 7 p.m. Seating for the pre-performance talk is available on a first-arrival basis. It will be hosted by the Penn State Korean Student Association. Food from The Koop will be provided.

Post-performance dance party

A post-performance dance party, featuring DJ David Lee of the Penn State Korean Student Association, will be open to all concert attendees following the event until 10:45 p.m.


presented in partnership with Penn State Student Affairs

support provided by Penn State Korean Student Association

support provided by Sandra Zaremba and Richard Robert Brown Program Endowment

support for accessibility services provided by William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support and Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment

A Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Performing Arts Global Exchange Grant supports this program.

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