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Nam Center Colloquium Series | Accessing Korean Art Song: An Under Appreciated Gem

Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 1010 Weiser Hall Map
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With a history spanning just over 100 years, Korean art song (Gagok), is an equally sophisticated and beautiful genre as German Lieder or French mélodies. The repertoire has received almost no attention by performers and scholars, however. The majority of those who do study and perform it tend to be of Korean background and already have mastery of the language.

Since 2020, Dr. Matthew Thompson has run a FEAST research team at U-M dedicated to making Korean art song more accessible to English speakers. What are the challenges of encountering this repertoire as a non-native speaker? What materials and resources exist to aid those interested in further study? Dr. Thompson will present both on his research and on the materials that he is developing to help more people engage with this amazing repertoire.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Korea, Music
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Nam Center for Korean Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures