National Chorus of Korea aims to reach global audience with first album

The National Chorus of Korea aims to reach global audiences with its most memorable album and special shows with US soloists. After releasing its most memorable regular album, “Voices of Solace,” alongside high-spending plan music recordings for the album in June, the 49-year-old national choral gathering is taking Korea’s old and new tunes to the stage with the 24-part American Soloists Ensemble this month.

“I had a chance to lead an all-Korean music show in the US in 2019 and realized Korea’s art melodies and ensemble bunches have great potential to appeal to a global audience,” Yoon Eui-joong, who has been leading the NCK since 2017 as guide and artistic chief, told local columnists during a public interview Tuesday.

The NCK began preparing an album, two music recordings for that album and a progression of shows after the 2019 US show.

A promotional video for “Voices of Solace,” the first regular album of the National Chorus of Korea, plays at Times Square in New York in July. (National Chorus of Korea)
A promotional video for “Voices of Solace,” the first regular album of the National Chorus of Korea, plays at Times Square in New York in July. (National Chorus of Korea)
To commemorate the 140th anniversary of the establishment of Korea-US relations, the National Chorus and a special group of 24 singers from the US will perform under the title of “The Night of Korean Art Song With an American Soloists Ensemble.”

Following performances in Gangwon Province and Seoul last end of the week, the special show will continue at Seoul Arts Center on Thursday and at Daejeon Arts Center on Saturday as part of the International Music Festival. The Seoul Arts Center show is for nothing.

The final show for unfamiliar agents in South Korea will take place at the National Theater on Sunday.

The National Chorus of Korea and the American Soloists Ensemble will sing various Korean art and society tunes, including “Never Forget,” “Ummaya, Nunaya (Mother, Sister),” “A Young Lady Who Sells Flowers” and “The Hymn of Death.”

Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone of the American Soloists Ensemble, said that learning Korean art tunes and performing with Korea’s top choral gathering has been a chance to learn one aspect of Korean culture.

“There is no comparison in a way; (Korean art tunes are) exceptionally one of a kind. We’re simply on the excursion of learning the set of experiences by singing the tunes and words,” Lagasca said Tuesday.

Yoon said that for as lengthy as the spending plan allows, he wishes to continue collaborating with singers around the world so many musicians can have a potential chance to be drenched in Korea’s choral music.

“This time was with American singers, however I trust similar shows can happen with European singers and Southeast Asian singers and youngsters around the world,” Yoon said.

“Voices of Solace” was released June 21. The album contains 11 tracks, including “Arirang,” “Living in Cheongsan,” “Island Baby,” “Starvation,” “Saeya, Saeya (Birds, Birds)” and “Eo-gi-youthful cha.”

The National Chorus of Korea has delivered music recordings for “Saeya, Saeya,” the lead track of the album made by Oh Byung-hee, and “Eo-gi-youthful cha,” created by Woo Hyo-won.

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