• The 38th Parallel: A Contemporary Pansori

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    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 Show less
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  • Bridge to Beethoven Play all

    In 2015, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner premiere their 'Bridge to Beethoven' recital series, pairing Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas with new works over four programs. Their project explores the significant impact that Beethoven has had on audiences and artists from various cultural backgrounds. New works have been commissioned from composers Anthony Cheung, Vijay Iyer, and Andrew Norman as companion pieces to specific Beethoven violin sonatas. 'Bridge to Beethoven' also includes performances of Jörg Widmann's 2010 work 'Sommersonate,' which Koh and Wosner performed the US premiere of in 2014.

    Learn more about the project as a whole in the 'Overview' video and about each composer's collaboration with Jennifer in the videos below.
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