Sounds of Korea, the premier performance group of Korean traditional arts in the U.S., performs actively throughout the United States presenting traditional Korean music and dance to audience ranging from children to senior citizens in addition to participating in community outreach programs as well as cultural exhibitions.
Based on the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association (KTPAA), Sounds of Korea consists of a dance troupe, an instrumental chamber ensemble and a percussion ensemble. The repertoire of Sounds of Korea has a variety in styles and settings, from classical court music and dance traditions, to theatrical masked dances, popular narrative vocal arts, solo instrumental folk genres as well as the percussion music and dances of farmers.
The dance troupe was founded and developed by Sue Yeon Park at the organization’s inception in 1993, and has maintained an active performance schedule over the years. Their artistic emphasis is on the subtle grace and beauty found in Korean traditional dances in which the dancers, with powerful, yet delicate gestures and movements reveal a unique aesthetic beauty.
The instrumental chamber ensemble is the most recent addition to Sounds of Korea and consists of professional performers of traditional Korean instruments. All the instrumentalists in this ensemble are of the highest caliber, holding academic degrees in their instruments from South Korea.