Stop by Georgetown Waterfront Park to check out Tracing Roots: Korean Traditional Music in the Park. Presented by The Korean Cultural Center, this series of intimate outdoor music performances is by visiting group Namureyoung. A return to the more personal, face-to-face performances of old when Korean musicians would play for a single person surrounded by nature, this series embraces the concept of a regression to traditional performing arts. The theme of “Time and 2/4 Space for One” aims to tailor the musical experience to each listener’s own story. Namureyoung employs a range of iconic Korean wind and string instruments, creating an oasis of calm inside a transparent, rectangular frame that allows for connection between audience and performer.
The performance space is reminiscent of a Korean sarangbang, a small study within a traditional Korean home, or hanok, used for writing, meetings, and leisure. In a space designed to concentrate the experience of time and space through the resonance and proximity of sound, participants selected spontaneously from passersby engage in a brief chat before the performer selects a short piece uniquely for them. And for those who observe from a distance, the entire performance and space itself represents a beautifully framed living portrait.
Georgetown Waterfront Park performances will take place Oct. 28 from 12 pm – 2 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm, and Oct. 30 from 2 pm – 6 pm. Participation is free, but proof of vaccination and a mask are required to participate.