The acclaimed Korean Soul & Beat Project Group, a musical crossover troupe, will have two performances in Manila this week. First off is a presentation for the general public in the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines at 6:30pm of August 25. Then they will also be performing as part of the impressive line-up for The CCP International Jazz Festival in the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo at 8pm of August 26.

Previously known as the Korean Song & Beat Project Yesanjok, the Korean Soul & Beat Project is a 7-man troupe that has created a dynamic fusion of traditional Koran folksongs, samullori beats, Western jazz, and contemporary sound. For this eclectic and distinct melding of both past and present, East and West, they have even been recognized with Korea’s Performance of the Year Award for 2008.

It’s no surprise that the group has been invited to several Korean and international musical festivals that include the YongSan CheoYong World Music Festival in Korea, Western Culture Festival in China, the Alaska Culture Festival, the Icheon Ceramics Biennale Festival, and Hanbok Love Festival in Korea.

The KCC August 25 performance is free and open to the public (pre-registration is required though) while tickets for their August 26 Jazz Festival showcase are sold at P300, P500, and P800.

Thanks to the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines for the photos and to  for the video.

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