The UH Mānoa Music Department hosts a conference entitled New Traditions: An International Exchange in Contemporary Music for Korean Instruments, February 16–19, 2017. The event is produced with support from the Center for Korean Studies at UH Mānoa. Visiting Korean instrument virtuosi from the US mainland and abroad will lead workshops on 21st century notational trends, traditional performance practices, and contemporary techniques. The conference culminates with two unique concerts of traditional Korean repertoire and new music by guest composers Hyunjung Ahn and June Hee Lee, UH Mānoa composition faculty, and Korean and American composers.
Invited guests Sunok Kim (geomungo), Woongsik Kim (janggu), and Chiwan Park (piri) are ambassadors for their respective instruments. During the New Traditions conference these performers will meet with UH Mānoa students in dynamic workshop settings that address the rapidly evolving role of Korean instruments within new music. Professor Ji-young Yi (gayageum) also joins the weekend of performances. She been in residence at UH Mānoa and served as a resource for composition students learning to write for the gayageum.