Flutes of Three Nations
Time & Location
About the Event
The Chinese, Japanese and Korean communities in Portland, Oregon are cooperating to bring this musical performance--Flutes of Three Nations--to the larger Portland community. The performance will feature flutists and melodies from the three nations. Our goals are to unite the three communities and to educate the public about the music, instruments, and culture of China, Japan and Korea.
This event, Flutes of Three Nations, is the fifth in a series that began in 2015 with Strings of Three Nations, followed by Dances of Three Nations, Drums of Three Nations, and in 2018, Voices of Three Nations.
Info on our talented flutists:
Henry Hung, representing China, was born and raised in Guangzhou. He fell in love with the bamboo flute as a child and began playing it at the age of nine. In middle school he was a member of the school’s folk band and continued playing the flute. He emigrated to Portland in 1975 and since that time, he has participated in the performances of the Yat Sing Music Club for almost four decades. For the last 10 years, Hung has performed locally and been very active in Portland’s Chinese community. He is assisted by Zhen Huishao, a percussionist.
Larry Tyrrell, representing Japan, is a flutist, composer, recording artist and teacher who embodies the concept of transcultural music. He first discovered the shakuhachi in the 1970s and has devoted himself to mastering the instrument since the 1980s. He studied in Japan with two of the greatest contemporary masters of the instrument and was composer-in-residence with the Okayama Hagaku Ensemble, a group specializing in new music for traditional instruments. Tyrrell performs and teaches in Portland and Seattle.
Si Hyeung Kim, representing Korea, considers himself to be self-taught and still a student of the daegeum and tungso. He began playing in Korea at an early age and studied the tungso formally for three years after high school. In the late 1980’s Kim participated as a member of Bukcheong Sajanoreum, a Korean lion mask dance team, a cultural performance that is designated as an Intangible Cultural Property of Korea. Since emigrating to the US, Kim has practiced the flute on his own while working as a U.S. postal worker.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: NIKE, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Engineering for Kids, Oregon China Council, Japan Consular Office, and Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Korea.