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Flushing Town Hall presents “Korean Folk Meets Jazz” featuring SE: UM May 11

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, on Saturday, May 11, music enthusiasts at Flushing Town Hall can experience the exceptional music of SE: UM. This Seoul quintet blends jazz and traditional Korean music to create a unique and captivating fusion of sounds.
Joon Lee, who received the esteemed 2023 KBS Korean Traditional Music Award for his mastery of the Gayageum (a traditional Korean musical instrument), leads this powerhouse ensemble. The quintet comprises saxophonist Hachul Song, trumpeter Jongsang Park, bassist Jaeha Lee, and traditional percussionist Hanmin Cho. They are united through the pulsating beats of ancient folk tunes and shamanistic rhythms. Through years of collaboration, they have harmonized their styles, dismantling barriers between genres to craft a unique musical tapestry.
“We are so excited to bring SE:UM’s extraordinary fusion sounds to our stage in the diverse borough of Queens,” says Ellen Kodadek. Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian affiliate. “This concert combines the best of two worlds, both of which our 45-year-old organization is extremely proud to present: world music and jazz!”
SE:UM’s impressive success story began with their debut album, which earned nominations for Best Crossover Album and performance at the Korea Music Awards in 2015. The group has since embarked on a global journey, breaking musical barriers by collaborating with diverse artists and redefining innovation in music. Their captivating performances have been recognized by prestigious international performing artsArts Market in Seoul (PAMS) and Asia Pacific Music Meeting (APaMM). At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, SE:UM’s exceptional stage presence won them an outstanding five-star review. and Best Jazz & Crossover Perfo markets such as the Performing
SE:UM made its U.S. debut at the DC Jazz Festival in 2016 and is returning to North America for a 2024 tour. Performances will showcase the quintet’s globally acclaimed performances, highlighting tracks from their latest albums, ‘The Sense of Water’ and ‘Korean Breath: Ten Thousand Waves.’
Tickets to the performance at 7 PM are $18 for general admission and $12 for members, seniors, and students with ID and can be purchased at this link or by calling the box office at (718) 463-7700 x 222.
For those unable to attend events in person, Flushing Town Hall has launched Culture Stream. Subscriptions start at $5 per month.
This engagement is made possible through the Performing Arts Global Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Flushing Town Hall no longer requires visitors or performers to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19; wearing a mask is optional but recommended. For more details, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.
All gifts of $50 or more give you an exclusive Flushing Town Hall Circle of Friends membership with benefits, including a Smithsonian membership, ticket discounts, and more! Donations in any amount are appreciated to support the artists and the nonprofit cultural organization as they continue to provide programming and entertainment across New York and the world.
Flushing Town Hall is a not-for-profit organization and receives significant support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams, and New York City Council Members Sandra Ung, Tiffany Caban, Shekar Krishnan, Linda Lee, Vickie Paladino, Lynn Schulman, and Julie Won; Howard Gilman Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Seth Sprague Educational, and Charitable Foundation; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.
To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donor-listings
About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate Queens and New York City’s global communities to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage, and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of jazz by presenting the finest jazz performances. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning for the arts-curious, enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.
Flushing Town Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.

Land Acknowledgement:

Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York and the first people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecock continue to live and work on this land to this day, and Flushing Town Hall honors their elders who have stewarded it throughout generations.

For more information: www.flushingtownhall.org

(718) 463-7700 x222
137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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