The Port Theatre, Korean Cultural Centre & The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival present
In 2013, a group of jazz players and Korean traditional musicians started to play jam sessions based on traditional Korean folk melodies and shamanistic rhythms, eventually forming SE:UM.
The eclectic quintet is comprised of saxophonist Hachul Song, trumpeter Jongsang Park, bassist Jaeha Lee, traditional percussionist Minhyeong Lee, and gayageum (twelve-stringed Korean zither) player and music director Joon Lee.
The members of SE:UM have learned to respect one another’s musicalities over the years and succeeded in breaking down the borders between their musical conventions, finding balance and harmony in their own music.
SE:UM’s debut album was nominated for Best Crossover Album and Best Jazz & Crossover Performance at the Korea Music Awards. The group made a splash at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving a five-star festival review. Since then, SE:UM has performed around the world from the UAE to the US, and expanded its musical boundaries collaborating with ever diverse partners.