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CJ Culture Foundation and Berklee College of Music Jointly Holds Jazz Concert the “Tune Up Jazz Stage with Kevin Harris Project”


CJ Culture Foundation, headed by Chairman Lee Jay-Hyun, will hold a special jazz concert in collaboration with musicians from Berklee College of Music. The foundation announced on the 2nd that it would be presenting the “Tune Up Jazz Stage with Kevin Harris Project” at CJ AZIT Gwangheungchang on the 5th at 8:00 PM.

CJ Culture Foundation has been holding jazz concerts in conjunction with Berklee College of Music since 2016

Poster for CJ Culture Foundation's “Tune Up Jazz Stage with Kevin Harris Project” Concert
▲ Poster for CJ Culture Foundation's “Tune Up Jazz Stage with Kevin Harris Project” Concert

The “Tune Up Jazz Stage with Kevin Harris Project,” featuring Kevin Harris, Hogyu Hwang, and the Lee Fish trio, is a concert that is jointly held by the world’s leading music education organization Berklee College of Music and CJ Culture Foundation, which has been supporting Korean students at music colleges overseas so that they can grow into globally recognized artists.

Since its birth in the late 19th century, jazz has been loved for a long time as one of the most popular genres across the world. Jazz was first introduced into South Korea in the 1920s when the country’s popular music was in its nascent stage, and many excellent jazz musicians have since been produced from South Korea. However, jazz’s popularity has been limited to a small number of genre fans. But that is now changing: the recent popularity of jazz festivals targeting younger audience, such as Jarasum Int'l Jazz Festival and the Seoul Jazz Festival, is contributing to the revival of the South Korean jazz scene and also to the diversification of the country's music market. Since 2016, CJ Culture Foundation has been hosting quality jazz performances for South Korea’s music market through collaboration with Berklee College of Music.

A special ensemble from a prodigious pianist and South Korea’s iconic jazz bassist

The upcoming concert in particular is garnering a great deal of attention from South Korean music fans as it will showcase a special meeting of world-renowned jazz artists whose performances can rarely be witnessed in South Korea, namely, genius pianist and Berklee professor Kevin Harris, South Korea’s representative bassist Hogyu Hwang, and full-scholarship student at Berklee and rising drum musician Lee Fish. Among the three, Kevin Harris and Hogyu Hwang have teamed up for this project based on a relationship that goes back to when the two were studying together in Boston.

The trio, consisting of Kevin Harris, Hogyu Hwang, and Lee Fish, will showcase various compositions, reinterpreting in their own unique way the philosophies of artists who stood in the center of American and Asian cultures.

The trio's bassist, Hogyu Hwang, who serves as a professor at the Applied School of Music, Howon University, has completed the performer courses at Berklee College of Music and the world's leading jazz organization the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as well as the Master of Music in Performance program at Loyola University, all with full scholarships. He has collaborated with the world's leading jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Joseph Lovano at festivals around the world and worked as a session musician for South Korea’s renowned singers including Yoon Jong-shin, Yang Hee-eun, and Lee Moon-se. Having appeared on South Korean music TV shows such as You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook and Immortal Songs on KBS and Begin Again on JTBC, he won the “Best Jazz Album Performance Prize” at the Korea Popular Music Awards last year, thereby cementing himself as South Korea's leading jazz bassist.

Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music Kevin Harris graduated from Morehead State University and the New England Conservatory of Music and works out of New York. Kevin Harris has made his name as a prodigious pianist capable of combining the musical traditions of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, Cuba’s traditional music, and modern classical music in a unique way. He has collaborated with the world's leading jazz musicians such as Greg Osbee, Avishai Cohen, and Eddie Gómez, performing at venues including Wally's Cafe Jazz Club and Blue Note Jazz and touring the world.

A rising drum musician Lee Fish graduated from Berklee College of Music and then completed a master's degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute with a full scholarship. He studied under famed jazz artists including Ron Blake and Nona Hendryx and has performed with the likes of the Jason Palmer Collective and Nadia Washington. Having participated in recordings by a number of artists including Esperanza Spalding and Danilo Pérez, Lee Fish performs globally in many parts of in the world including North America, Japan, France and Belgium.