Musicians come onto the stage with dim lights close to black and white. After a moment of complete silence, the music begins. The melody sounds familiar yet unusual and different. The music is gentle at one point and intense at another. While the music heads to the climax, the musicians and audience carefully listen to one another, making eye contact and smiling as if lovers are talking to each other. Neither the jazz performers nor listeners care about rules; they simply follow their jazzy soul. Jazz is dynamic, colorful, and boundless, just like Seoul.
Celebrating the International Jazz Day on April 30, the “Soul of Seoul Celebrates” online concert was live-broadcasted globally via YouTube. Roughly thirty artists participated in presenting online performances from different stages throughout Seoul. Hosted by the K-jazz front-runner Juhan Lee and announcer Lisa Kelley, the 90-minute performance was joined by prominent Korean artists, including the internationally-renowned soprano Su Mi Jo, Hyun Chul Kim, Yiruma, and Red Velvet, with their congratulatory messages. The official website of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day also introduced “Soul of Seoul,” drawing the attention of global jazz fans.
If you want to go beyond enjoying the soul of jazz online, you can enjoy jazz at the performance venues for yourself. The venues for this performance (Korea House, Dido Jazz Lounge, Chunnyundongand-do, and Yeonnam 5701) happen to be on the very streets where you can fully enjoy Seoul. Why not take a step further from K-Pop and enjoy the Soul of Seoul in search of K-Jazz while touring downtown Seoul?