#TBT: In 1971, Korean Musicians Play It Gayageum Style
Korean musicians perform as part of Asia Society’s 1971 Performing Arts program “P’ansori.” (Asia Society)
In 1971, Asia Society hosted a program titled "P'ansori" that featured musicians performing traditional Korean music, including p'ansouri musical storytelling and sanjo (scattered melodies). The group was led by Kim So-hee (pictured second from the right) — a renowned singer who was named an "intangible national treasure" on South Korea's list of Important Intangible Cultural Properties. In the above photo, left to right, musicians play gayageum, haegeum, yanggeum, and komungo, all traditional Korean instruments.
Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. Some photos will feature important moments, some will feature important people, and others still will just be photos we love. Do you have an Asia Society photo you'd like us to consider including in this series? Please email the photo and any related details to firstname.lastname@example.org (we regret that we won't be able to respond directly to each inquiry).