Culture Masters, Inc. held its first International Advisory Board Meeting on April 27 at which several important decisions were made. Alisher Ikramov was unanimously nominated as the first Advisory Board Chairperson. Additionally, the Board recommended Jeon Je Seon and Song Ji Hyun as the first Gugak Masters by Culture Masters. This is our first step in promoting the status of cultural artisans and communities.
The Gugak Masters Designation project is aimed at supporting cultural and artistic activities and the growth of global cultural artists. Candidates who excel in skill and mastery, creativity and innovation, and education and mentorship are selected for the designation. Jeon Je Seon and Song Ji Hyun have been selected as Gugak Masters based on their artistic talents and experience.
Jeon Je Seon is a senior artist of the Jeongseon Arirang Art Troupe and has won numerous awards for his performances. He trains young practitioners in the gugak field and has innovatively developed traditional culture and creative storytelling based on Jeongseon Arirang.
Song Ji Hyun has more than twenty years of artistic experience promoting and developing Korean music domestically and internationally. She has incorporated various Western instruments into traditional Korean music to transform it into a new kind of Gugak Jazz.
CEO Song-Yong Park expressed his gratitude to all attendees for their valuable contributions and participation in the meeting. Information about the Board is available on Culture Masters’ website (http://culturemasters.org/about-us/#iab).
The next International Advisory Board is scheduled for October 25, 2023.