Violinist Jennifer Koh was born into a family of Korean immigrants in the U.S. Her parents were refugees during the Korean War - her mother from North Korea and her father from Seoul. French composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière’s first musical experiences were offered to him by his grandmother’s Korean partner, whom he considered his grandfather, and who disappeared during an attempt to return to North Korea in the 70s. Together, Jennifer Koh, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, and Aleksi Barrière have created The 38th Parallel, a multimedia pansori (a traditional form of staged narrative song created in 17th-century Korea) that explores the impact of war and displacement over three generations though testimonies, music, and visual arts. The 38th Parallel examines individual and familial transformation and how human lives are affected and altered by the experience of cultural uprooting and assimilation.
Composer/Multimedia Artist: Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Director/Dramaturge: Aleksi Barrière
Concept/Artistic Direction: Jennifer Koh