“Rhythm and Passion of Korea” Coming September 10

Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles Presents…

“Rhythm and Passion of Korea”

at Ford Amphitheatre on September 10

LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2011) – The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles is proud to announce the world premiere of their highly anticipated production, “Rhythm and Passion of Korea” at the Ford Amphitheatre on September 10, 2011. The new work promises to take audiences through an awe-inspiring journey where tradition and modernity merge in music and dance for one unforgettable night. Highlights of this incredible evening include the musical styling of international “Haegum”sensation, Kang Eun-il and her group of elite musiciansdirect from South Korea, Haegum Plus. Worldrenowned B-Boy dance crew, Last for One, best known for defying the laws of physics with their award-winning, heart-stopping acrobatic routines, will join Ms. Kang and Haegum Plus for their final set in the first half and performing in the second half of the evening to close out an amazing night of entertainment.  

Praised around the world for being a virtuoso of the “Haegum,” an instrument passed down from the Goryeo Dynasty (918~1392 AD) resembling a fiddle with its rod-like body and played with a bow, Ms. Kang takes Korean music to new heights. Armed with her bow, she and Haegum Plus expand and continually test the limits of sound. The result is entirely new genre that has become termed, “new traditional music.” Unlike “fusion” or “hybrid” music, “new traditional music” strongly maintains the character of traditional Haegum music — traditional sound and instrumentation serve as the “text” of the music and are central to the musical piece. Alongside the Yoshida Brothers of Japan and the Twelve Girls Band of China, Kang Eun-il and Haegum Plus are emerging as one of the most prominent musical groups representing Asia.

Last for One will add hip hop flavor to the second half of the evening. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to watch the dance crew that has earned numerous honors, including first place of the 2005 International Battle of the Year in Germany (known as the most prestigious B-Boying competition in the world). Additionally, they have also taken the first place title at both the 2003 Japan Battle of Hirapa and at the 2005 Spain Underground Republic 3. Last for One has been invited to perform around the globe in the U.S., Singapore, France, Finland, England, Mongolia, Angola and China. Last for One was also featured in the critically acclaimed documentary film, Planet B-Boy.

Be sure to join us on September 10, 2011 for “Rhythms and Passion of Korea” at the Ford Theatre.

Tickets priced at $25 for adults and $10 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under, are available at http://www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD). Adults who buy tickets on or before September 3 pay only $20.

For more information on Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, please visit www.kccla.org/english_/home_.asp  


Being a pioneer in using the Haegum to create “new traditional music,” Ms. Kang has performed both in Korea as well as internationally with world renowned artists and groups, including Bobby McFerrin, Luciano Pavarotti, Yoshida Brothers, Salta Cello, NHK Orchestra, and KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra. Representing Korea, she also regularly takes part in ‘”The World String Festival” in Japan. She has received several prominent recognitions for her work: KBS Korean Traditional Music Grand Prix, Korean National Assembly Culture and Media Grand Prix, 2005 Korean Culture and Art Committee Award, 2006 Ministry Culture and Tourism Artist Award among others for her contributions to the popularization and globalization of the Haegum and opening a whole new genre for this versatile instrument. Kang Eun-il’s performance of modern composers’ work, combining the Haegum with Western orchestra, classical guitar, piano, violin, viola and cello, has been received with great enthusiasm and featured in the acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk’s film ‘The Bow’ (2005).


The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway, across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2010 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to http://www.FordTheatres.org.


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Calendar Listing for Rhythm and Passion of Korea”

WHEN:            September 10, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

WHO:              Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles Presents…

Rhythm and Passion of Korea

WHERE:         John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway, across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios.            



PRICE:            Purchase by September 3 and pay only $20
Buy tickets to three or more evening events and save 20%

Full price: $25           
Students & Children: $10

TIX/INFO:        Box Office Phone323 461-3673 (or 323 GO 1-FORD)



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