Brazilian music returns to Seoul
By Rachel Lee
Feel the soul of Brazil through a special music event that will be held from May 15 to 17 at the Sejong Chamber Hall of Sejong Center, Seoul.
Top Brazilian musicians Gabriel Grossi, Kim Le-da, Shin Yea-won and Valtinho Anastacio will grace the stage.
The three-day event, which is part of the 2012 Brazilian Cultural Programme titled “Seoul of Brazil,” will be comprised of two parts every evening during the period. The program is to mark the 50th anniversary of Korean immigration to Brazil.
Top Brazilian harmonica soloist Grossi and Korean-Brazilian pianist Kim will present the South American country’s classical music in the first part of the concert. Kim played a solo in the music concert held by the embassy in 2009.
Grossi, bossa nova singer Shin Yeah-won and multi-percussionist Valtinho Anastacio will showcase popular Brazilian music known as Música Popular Brasileira (MPB). The musicians will play as a trio in the finale of the show. The audience can enjoy the rhythm of MPB with great performances by the artists, especially Anastacio who will be accompanied by three Korean jazz musicians on guitar, bass and piano.
“We are giving this music concert as part of our cultural program to celebrate an important anniversary of Korea-Brazil relations. We decided to go with these four artists as we believe they truly understand and will play Brazilian music for our audience,” Lisa Kang, a secretary at the embassy said.
The music event is followed by a photo exhibition in which Brazilian photographer Joao Paulo Barbosa will focus on imagery of Korea. The exhibition is scheduled to open on June 29 through July 11 at Korea Foundation’s Cultural Center in Seoul.
The Embassy of Brazil held a series of cultural events in 2009 such as music concert and Brazilian film festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Brazil.
For more information, call (02) 723-4428.