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kayagum/gayageum

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So now that I’ve recovered from my recital, I can tell you about my upcoming concert on the 22nd of this month.

Last year two kayagum virtuosi came to UCSC to give all of the composers a master’s class on how to play this traditional Korean instrument. The kayagum (sometimes spelled “gayageum” in transliteration) is an zither much like the Japanese koto, only it has 12 strings instead of 13, is played with bare fingers instead of picks, and rests on the players lap (see above).

This master’s class was in preparation for this year’s concert. I’ve written a piece for kayagum and cello, and my peers have done similarly (pairing a “western instrument” with the kayagum), and our show is on the 22nd at the UCSC recital hall.

Please attend if you are in the area.

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