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VP Stage NY, a.k.a. VP Performing Arts Production Co., was established in 2005 in Brooklyn New York. Our goal is make a unique stage performance, include music, theater, and dance. VP love to take challenging and rewarding career from experimental works. We also provide designers (light, set, costume, sound), stage manager, and crews for your production.

 

 
 

 

K-NOMAD IS A WORLD TOUR PROJECT TO COLLABORATE BETWEEN KOREAN FOLKLORIC AND OTHER DISCIPLINE OF ARTISTS IN THE WORLD. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT US. WE CAN BRING PERFORMANCE, WORKSHOP, AND LECTURE TO YOUR REGION.

 

 
 

 

Experimental world music that is collaborated with
traditional Korean, Indian, and Japanese instrumentalists.
The Wind From Asia will play from traditional song of each
country to new composition.

Featured by Vong Pak on janggu, Steve Gorn on bansuri,
Masayo Ishigurae on koto

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 7pm
at The Actors Fund Art Center
160 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Senior: $20 / Student: $15



Ticket RSVP go to info@VPstageNY.com
T. 646.765.6139


photo credit: Jinhan Kah

 

 

 

 

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Pungmul: Korean Farmer’s
Music And Dance (2013)

@ John Ryan Theater,
Brooklyn New York

 

Artistic direction by
Vong Pak

 

Featured by
VP Korean Drum and Dance Troupe:
Vong Pak, Hee-youg Sunwoo,
Hansang Lee, Sophie Yoon

 

Special Guests:
Oak Joo Moon’s Pansori
(Korean One Man Opera)
Shimcheongga
Kuntok Jang on buk
Yusun Kang’s Jindo bukchoom

 

Lighting design by Hae Jin Han

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Pungmul, also known as nongack or samulnori is a traditional Korean percussive music and dance genre performed by farmers. In these days, not much of Korea or NYC is an agricultural society anymore,
but VP Korean Drum and Dance Troupe, under Vong Pak’s artistic direction, still embodies not just the technical methods but also the spirit of pungmul, which encourages, entertains and unifies communities through the power of tradition.

 

This performance brings out the authentic pungmul form - the composition of instruments, costumes, jinpuri (choreography) – as well as seoljanggu and bupo-nori, which is the highlight of pungmul. Meanwhile janggu (hour glass drum) is the most significant instrument in traditional Korean music, because it is widely used in folk music as well as shaman ritual and court music, the seoljanggu performance showing how it coordinates breathing, beat and movement through the performance as well as the visualize effect of the dynamic energy materialized through the movement of the sangmo (long ribbon attached hat) dance. Also, while a dancer plays bupo-nori (feather attached hat dance), you can see the elegance of the movement that looks like a blossom of a flower.

 

 

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Blue and White: Wind from Asia (2012)
@ The Korea Society

 

Artistic direction by Vong Pak

 

Featured by
Masyo Ishigure, Koto (Japanese Zither)
Steve Gorn, Bunsori (Indian bamboo flute)
Vong Pak, Korean drums: Janggu

 

The “Wind from Asia Concert” will help the larger New York City community understand and appreciate traditional Korean music as well as Indian and Japanese traditional forms. Using traditional musical instruments, such as janggu (hour glass shaped Korean percussion), bansuri (Indian flute), and koto (Japanese zither), this performance will bring out the authentic and classical music forms of these counties. The “Wind from Asia Concert” will be an informative, entertaining, and family friendly concert.

 

First of all, the audiences will have a chance to see the authentic beauty of traditional music from each country. ‘Seoljanggu,’ which is a highlight musical form of janggu will be presented for Korean. Then ‘Raga’ and ‘Danmono’ will be performed for Indian and Japanese traditional music. ‘Raga’ is a melodic framework and pattern of notes, while ‘Danmono’ is a form for traditional koto composition.

 

And lastly, improvisation is also one of the key components for traditional music, so at the end of the concert, the three musicians will showcase an improvisation session as well.

 

The participating musicians are all masters of its respective folk music in New York City, including Vong Pak on janggu , Masayo Ishigure on koto, and Steve Gorn on bansuri. These musicians are all professionally trained and experienced musicians on both traditional and contemporary music fields, and have a proven track record in their respective fields.

 

 











 

 

 

Blue and White:
Electric Shaman (2012)

@Poet’s Den Theater
in New York City

 

Artistic direction by Vong Pak

 

Featured by Electrc Shman:
John Chang (guitar, rain stick),
Jorge Mess (bass, shaker),
Vong Pak (Vocal, Korean drums)

 

Photo: Joonsang Park

 

All songs written by Blue and White Electric Shaman
Monologued by Vong Pak
Lighting designed by Nick Hung
Recorded & Mixed by Timm Cleaners,
Produced by Hosick Kim & Jake Hyungseock Kim

Artistic director, Mr. Vong Pak believes traditional forms do not
suddenly appear out of nowhere, rather they build up over time through a process of gathering a diverse range of influences to achieve its figure. The concept of “Blue and White” comes from the ancient Asian philosophy of Yin and Yang, as well as the school of Five
Elements. The blue symbolizes Eastern culture where as the white symbolizes Western.

 

Electric Shaman was initially conceived as a concert called ‘buk and blues’, which was a Korean Society’s Outreach program at Univ. of Washington, performed on Nov. 2011. Electric Shaman’s music is
a fusion of traditional Korean rhythm, Korean ritual style vocal and
electric guitar instrumental, inspired by the South and the North Korean folk songs

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Improvisation is a significant element of Electric Shaman.
In ancient Korea, the shaman’s role was healer and entertainer whom unified the community. Today, Electric Shaman still upholds the
beautiful mission of the ancient shaman

 

 

 

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Blue and White: New Pansori (2011)
@ COMA-Raze the Walls Festival in ABC NO Rio in New York City

 

Featured by
Joe Tornabene on Baritone saxophone
Vong Pak on Buk & Janggu

 

Pansori is a Korean one man opera combines with gosu (buk player).
In this production, Joe and Vong create new melodies, atmosphere, texture and mood instead original vocal line and rhythm of pansori. Time, space, and texture are inspiring elements from pansori.

 

Pansori is a Korean one man opera combines with gosu (buk player). The story is about Korean folktales, such as shimchengjeon and heungboga. In the New Pansori, the performers create new melodies, atmosphere, texture and mood instead the original vocal line and rhythm of pansori. Time, space, and texture are inspiring elements from. The tension and relaxation between saxophonist and gosu are interesting part to watch the show. Their musical dialogue seems like a beautiful abstract art.

 

 



 

 
 

 

Blue and White: The Book of Changes (2010)
@ Kumble Theater in Brooklyn New York

 

Artistic direction by Vong Pak
Featured by
Robert Aaron (Saxophone), Eddy Jo Martinez (electric guitar), Alexei Stevens (interactive electronics)

 

Lighting design by Yu-Chen (NIick) Hung

 

Blue and White Concert: The Book of Changes is a theatrical music performance, which fuses between traditional Korean rhythms with contemporary Western music. The story line is motivated from the script writer’s family story. The concept of this concert derived from the ancient Chinese classic book, I Ching, The Book of Changes. I Ching is an Asian’s view point that all aspects of life on world change through the balance of dynamic opposite, known as the yin and yang.

 

Korean historical archive states that traditional Korean musical instruments were made from 8 different materials, including metal, stone, string, bamboo, poe (a type of plant), clay, leather, and wood. This fundamental idea is related with the 8 Trigrams of I Ching. With these concepts as the primary vehicle for a dialogue, Blue and White Concert: The Book of Changes seeks to harmonize the Eastern traditions with that of the West and explore our differences within the context of creative improvisation.

The concert will bring together elements of traditional and modern music from East and West, as well as other forms of art such as narrative, dance and interactive electronic art. These are new exam of “balance of opposite.”

 

 

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2 Sky Trio: An Improvised Fusion Music Experiment (2007)

@ Poet’s Den Theater in New York City

 
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Featured by
Marco Cappelli, Jennifer Choi, & Vong Pak

 

Special guest
Blake A. Faulds

 

Lighting designed by Nick Hung

 

How ancient Asians imagine two skies in the universe? If two skies exist in the world, what will happen? Maybe it is the end of the world. However, the name 2 Sky Trio comes from the name of the first hexagram, joongcheongun, of I Ching. And joongcheongun symbolizes two skies and represents creativity.

 

The end of a substance could be a starting point for new. Like ‘born again’ in Bible or baby’s birth from womb, the ending moment is a simultaneously starting point to create new.

Jennifer, Marco and Vong have been building up their repertoire since their first concert in November 2006 at Roulette, SoHo. 2 Sky Trio fuses eastern & western music, and traditional & modern.

 

 

Blue and White:
Electric Shaman Live
(feat. John Chang & Jorge Mesa)

by Vong Pak
© Copyright - Vong Pak / VP Stage NY