What is a WORLD MUSIC HOUSE you may be wondering . . .
It is a unique traditional performance venue where people can have the ultimate "house concert" experience; featuring small audiences & interaction with the performers.
PLUS, concerts can be broadcast out to the world. And, concerts happening around the world can be streamed IN for local audiences to enjoy!
There are 5 aspects of the WORLD MUSIC HOUSE:
1. Korean Traditional Music Performance in a Traditional Setting (a stage for Korean traditional artists, and national living treasures)
2. World Music Performance by Musicians from Around the World (a stage for International Musicians In -Residence: concerts, lessons, culture programs, and collaborations)
3. Listening Room with Extensive World Music Archives (6000+ hours of World Music that can be listened to in the charming setting of a traditional Korean house) / live STREAMING & Archives of Concerts happening around the WORLD!
4 - Instrument Experience Area (Collection of Korean Traditional & World Music Instruments that people can see/touch/play)
5. Global Community Arts Center (Art Exhibits & Installations / Music / Poetry / Film / Culture Lectures and Community Gatherings)
Imagine a Global Community Arts Center where traditional concerts open to the public in an intimate traditional Korean setting also get broadcast out to far corners of the world, where visitors can listen to music of the World Music Archives that cover every continent and unique style of music known to humankind, where people of all ages and abilities can see/touch/play musical instruments from around the world, and where people can come together to learn about different cultures, traditional world arts, and MUSIC. Now . . . imagine the center set in nature, behind a Korean rice paddy, nestled against a magnolia-blossomed forest hill, next to an apple orchard, with a babbling brook, and singing birds. This is the magical Ureuk World Music House. Here's an amazing video, you can take a peek at a real Korean musician playing in the house ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyw4lBlJKXs
Saving this abandoned traditional house from falling down (and a piece of Korean history along with it), to turn it into a World Music House has been my dream for over 8 years. I took the first step last November and purchased the land (the house came with it). The next step is to restore it. 3 builders/architects were consulted, and the consensus is that it will be possible to restore the main house for $50,000. (I'm glad to share the written estimates, simply send me a request by clicking on the "ask a question" button at the very bottom of the page.) The first goal is to restore the main house so that the Ureuk World Music House can open; with performance on the stage, and a listening room with an instrument experience area. Any money raised over the initial goal will go towards the restoration of the the second structure, also in dire need of having it's traditional tile roof replaced, which will be used primarily to house visiting musicians.
What's really amazing is that AS SOON AS the restoration of the main building is complete, EVERYTHING is in place to start ~ local musicians are knocking down the broken doors to perform, international musicians are packing instruments to board planes, the listening room World Music Archives is set to play ~ and could play without a single repeat for years (thanks to an eye-popping-ly astounding DONATION of World Music by David Ellenbogen of New York City, who produces one of the world's best world music radio shows out of Columbia College's WCKR), and Korean arts organizations responsible for distributing public funding are ready to allocate grants to the music house for everything from general running expenses to international artist residencies!
The MISSION of the World Music House is to promote world music, and foster global community interaction, by offering a meaningful environment to deeply experience music and art traditions from around the world, while cultivating understanding & interest in the unique cultural heritage preserved within these traditions.
This is also the underlying mission of this Kickstarter. Over the 40-day period of this kickstarter, I will be running an interactive blog that introduces a new musician from a new country every day (possibly a youtube link of their music too). Also, I will be taking requests for mini-immersion videos of Korean culture. Tell me what you want to see in a small Korean city, and I will take to the streets (or the hills) with my iphone to bring you there! www.uworldmusichouse.blogspot.com
Risks and challenges
There is a vast web of individuals in Korea (as well as in the US) who are eager for this project to be realized, and who are ready to step in and help solve any challenges that arise; among them Architects, Traditional Craftspeople and Builders, City Hall Representatives, Arts Funding Organizations, Music Scholars, Musicians, Conductors, Orchestra Directors, Translators, Law Experts, Preservationists, and Artists.
As with any restoration project, unexpected things can happen during the process. Using rare traditional building techniques, versus modern techniques that are easier to gauge in terms of time, cost, and expertise, there may be unanticipated setbacks. (For instance, 100% traditional 'kiwa' roof tiles are no longer produced; people stopped making them after easily-replaceable newer styles were introduced. If we pursue the original tiles, we have to go about the difficult task of finding intact used materials.)
However, completing this project is what I call my "karmic duty" to Korea, and I am determined to find a way to overcome any possible challenge to get the house restored, and the music center up and running. My Korean fiance, aside from running his own arts center in Hongcheon, is an experienced designer and builder. He will oversee the restoration along with his father, who has extensive experience building homes using Korean traditional techniques.
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