WordSong (http://www.wordsongboston.org) was founded in 2008 and is a Boston-based music presenter that has created a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings and is the focus of directed conversation among composers, performers, and the audience.
On September 18th, Korean Cultural Society of Boston (KCSB) sponsors WordSong presentation of four new musical settings of Kim Sowohl’s peom “Dawn” in Korean as well as English (translated by Sekyo Nam Haines).
Four composers are
Howard Frazin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Frazin)
Binna Kim (http://www.bmop.org/explore-bmop/musicians/binna-kim)
Tom Schnauber (http://www.emmanuel.edu/academics/our-faculty/thomas-schnauber.html)
Adam Simon (https://adamjacobsimon.bandcamp.com/)
The Performers are:
David Kravitz: http://davidkravitz.com/
Linda Osborn: http://www.bmop.org/explore-bmop/musicians/linda-osborn
In the performance, the poem will be read first and the audience give their reactions. Then, four songs will be played. The composers and performers will have an open dialogue about what was just heard: a dialogue about various points of view, preconceptions, and emotional impacts. In the course of the discussion, each of the songs will be played again.
A WordSong presentation is all about multiplicity: multiple settings, multiple hearings, multiple meanings. Together, we will discover how a single familiar text can inspire a variety of thoughts and feelings; we will explore our perspectives and yours and how they are represented in the various meldings of words, ideas, and music.