* Date : 2015-12-01
Jocelyn Clark, who is also known by her Korean name, Jo Se-rin, is a professor at Pai Chai University and a gayageum player. She has been mastering the art of the gayageum, a 12-string Korean zither, for the past 20 years, and she was honored with the Gold Prize in the Newcomer Division at the National Hyangsa Gayageum Byeongchang Competition this October.
The Alaskan-born gayageum player honed her skills and knowledge under the tutelage of prominent traditional Korean musicians. She also acquired her doctorate degree from Harvard with a dissertation on Gayageum Byeongchang. Despite having performed numerous times on stage throughout the years, she says her heart still pounds whenever she takes the stage.
We met with Jocelyn Clark at the Korea House, a cultural experience center established in Chungmuro for the purpose of introducing the traditional culture and lifestyle of Koreans to foreigners. We also got to check out how she practices her vocalization techniques inside her car, which provides the same effects of white noise as you would get if you were training under a waterfall. In addition to demonstrating how to play the instrument, she explained to us the different parts of the gayageum and what they represent as well as the various modes and styles associated with this instrument.
Join us on this week's The INNERview to meet Jocelyn Clark who holds a genuine passion for the gayageum and traditional Korean music.