SOREA

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SOREA
Origin Korea
Genres Korean music
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Website soreagroup.com

SOREA is a Korean band that plays modern Korean traditional music and made its debut by winning the gold award in the Creative Korean Traditional Music competition in 2005 followed by receiving the best new album award from the ministry of culture, sports, and tourism secretary, 2006. The name SOREA comes from “Sound of Korea” and “Symbol of Korea”.

Performances[edit]

SOREA had a celebration concert for congratulating Kimoon Ban on his victory at UN Secretary General election in 2006. Sorea had a special invitation performance at the Mayor’s Thames Festival in London, 2009. The band also held a concert at Point Ephemere in Paris, 2010.

SOREA has gained interest from a lot of people as a modern Korean traditional music band possessing both musical quality and public popularity by performing at the very first concert held at the Blue House since it became publicly open in 2008 and at other occasions as well. It also made its lead producer the winner of the advanced intellectual person in Korea award. Its original composing “Beautiful Korea” was reckoned with its musical quality and was selected to be included in the music textbooks of junior high school.

SOREA has been chosen as an honorary ambassador to represent Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs for 2010-2011 following Yuna Kim who represented in 2009.

In 2011, SOREA’s “Restart the Show” was selected as the title theme for the 13 episode Korean food and travelogue series called Kimchi Chronicles by America’s PBS TV. SOREA is evangelizing Korean traditional music and traditional culture to the foreigners in the world by diligently working as a representative of traditional Korean art. Sorea’s been persistently presenting newly arranged traditional beats and melodies with the slogan of modernizing, globalizing, and making Korean traditional art more publicly popular.

Identity and Symbol[edit]

"SOREA" comes from the phrase “Symbol of Korea”, “sound of Korea”, and “Show of Korea” and it represents the Korean cultural art.

Symbol of Korea
It’s a leading organization that’s working with the slogan “modernizing, globalizing, and making Korean traditional art more publicly popular”.

Sound of Korea
Represents and promotes Korea’s traditional music to the world like it’s been the success for other countries’ traditional music such as bossa nova, Celtic, reggae, tango, and others.

Show of Korea
The performance that represents Korea which is harmonized with Korean music, composition, and the global trend.

SOREA is composed with the musicians that majored in traditional, classic, and commercial music from Seoul National University, Korea National University of Arts, EWHA Women's University, and etc. SOREA also has a very rich history of winning awards. It’s focused on offering various styles of music such as hip hop, r&b, rock, and others with the combination of the traditional music outside of the group activity.[1]

Awards and Records[edit]

  • Selected as an honorary ambassador of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2011
  • Selected as a 'advanced intellectual person in Korea' in 2010 (Ministry of Public Administration and Security)
  • Win a Grand prize of donation in 2010 (Director of National Assembly)
  • Named on honorary ambassador for 'Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs' in 2010 (after Yuna Kim who is world champion of figure skating 2009)
  • “Beautiful Korea” selected to be included in Junior High School music textbooks in 2010
  • Korea Sparkling Festival Achievement Award in 2009
  • 21C Korean Music Project Participation Prize 21C in 2009
  • Selected for Han style supplementary business by the ministry of culture, sports, tourism in 2009
  • Best new album award received from Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism(MCST) Secretary in 2006
  • Culture and Art Development Project, creative program section at Arts Council Korea in 2006

History[edit]

Sole concert[edit]

  • “Sharing the Culture Together” concert in 2011 (held by Sejong Center for the Performing Arts)
  • SOREA Concert in 2010 at In Cheon Cultural Center
  • SOREA Concert in 2009 at The Monsters’Theatre SOREA Concert At The Monsters’Theatre
  • Charity Concert in 2009 at The Merry Hall (In the Seogang University)
  • Invited for SOREA concert from Korea University in 2009
  • The First Concert At The Blue House in 2008 (The Presidential of the Republic of Korea)
  • SOREA Concert in 2008 at the Starry Night Concert At the Sejong Art Center
  • Club concert in 2006 at Catch light. Guests: SG Wannabe, M to M, Haul, and etc.
  • SOREA concert in 2006 at U Myun Dang, National Gugak Center. Promoted on MBC.
  • SOREA concert in 2006 at Jindo Namdo Gugak Center

Principal Concert Log[edit]

  • Special guest performance at the Korean, Chinese, and Japanese Health Ministry Summit in 2010 (Held by the Ministry of Health and Welfare)
  • Special guest performance at the opening ceremony for Korean Economist Contest in 2010 (Held by World-OKTA)
  • Performed at the welcome ceremony for the president of Uzbekistan in 2010 (asked by President Lee)
  • Special guest performance at Cinema digital Seoul opening show in 2009
  • Performed at the 42nd anniversary show of Industrial Safety and Public Health Day in 2009
  • Special guest performance at the Seoul Motor Show in 2009
  • 60 th Constitution Day Official National Event in 2008 (Invited, President acc.)
  • Special guest performance at Jeonju Sound Festival at Iksan Park in 2008
  • Special guest sole performance at Seoul Namsan Poongryu Madang Festival in 2008 (official event in Seoul)
  • Special guest performance at the opening of Seoul Poongmool Market in 2008 (official event in Seoul)
  • Special guest performance at Reopenning Festival in Boramae Park in 2008 (official event in Seoul)
  • Special performance at Ernst & Young’s Best Quality Company show in 2008 (sponsored by Ministry of Knowledge Economy, MBC, Maeil Economy, and Korea Exchange)
  • SOREA Concert With Extreme Crew At the Gyeongju World culture Expo in 2007
  • Special guest performance at the 11th Asia Pacific conference of German Business in 2007
  • Special performance at Jinju Innovative City’s groundbreaking ceremony in 2007 (official event by the president)
  • Special guest performance at the 6th HUPO’s symposium in 2007
  • SOREA Celebration Concert of Ban Kimoon elected as UN Secretary-General in 2006
  • Special performance at 560th year anniversary event for Korean day held by Hoonminjungem Distribute in 2006 (special stage at King Sejong’s grave)
  • Special guest performance at the celebration ceremony for the National Foundation Day in 2006 (official event by the president sponsored by the Ministry of Government)

Overseas[edit]

  • Selected Title Song for America’s PBS TV special documentary about Korea “Kimchi Chronicles” in 2011
  • Strategic alliance formed with Poly from China in 2011 (music, concert promotion, management in China, etc.)
  • Special guest performance in 2010 at the dinner show held by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Singapore
  • Paris, France: Concert At Club Point Ephemere in 2010
  • Strasbourg, France: Concert At Champs Libres Festival in 2010
  • London, England: Concert At The Mayor's Thames Festival "A Scoop of Korea" Performance in 2009
  • Harbin, China: Sole Concert in 2008 (Kookmin Bank invitation)
  • Shenzen, China: SOREA Performance in 2008 (Supported by Shenzen Korea Association, Samsung Fire Insurance)
  • Las Vegas, United States of America: AVING Special on 'CES 2007'
  • Tokyo, Japan: SOREA Concert At the Club Heights in 2006 (Yahoo Japan sponsored)
  • Shanghai, China: Sole Concert At the Lyceum Theater in 2006 (Supported by Shanghai Consulate general, Korea Tourism Organization)
  • Tokyo, Japan: Nakano Hall Single Concert in 2006 (Korean Culture Center invitation, Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs And Trade)
  • Germany Worldcup: Concert Tour - Frankfurt, Weimar, Leipzig, Stuttgart in 2006 (FIFA Fanfest invitation)
  • Taiwan Mobile Forum in 2006 (Invited, Samsung Supervised)
  • Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo media & Artshobi live house Showcase in 2006
  • Hochimin, Vietnam: SOREA Performance in 2006 (Invited, Supported by Hochimin Center, Korea Foundation)
  • France: Participated in International Music Exhibition MIDEM 2006 (Selected by KOCCA - Korea Culture & Content Agency - as a best album)
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan: “Dynamic Korea” in 2005 (Invited by Kazakhstan Embassy in Korea)

News Release Log[edit]

  • “Korean traditional music to the world – SOREA” aired on KBS 9 o’clock News in 2010
  • “Dance to hip-hop: Change of traditional music – SOREA” aired on MBC News Today in 2010
  • “Girl group in Korean traditional music too – SOREA” aired on MBC News Desk in 2010
  • “We’ll show you the charm of the spectacles in traditional music – SOREA” posted on Culture Journal 21 in 2010
  • “English Pansori to the world” posted on Weekly Chosun in 2010
  • BBC ‘A Scoop of Korea SOREA Interview in 2009
  • NHK SOREA Interview in 2009
  • MBC News today Reported Challenges the world’s music market in 2009
  • JoongAng Daily Reported SOREA finishes off the much anticipated tour with “Chinese 12 Girls Band” in 2009
  • Asia today Reported Invited as a special guest for the Mayor’s Thames Festival in London, England in 2009
  • “Charity concert by SOREA” posted on Daily Chosun in 2009
  • “Have you heard of ‘Gee’ played in Gayagem?” posted on Seoul Newspaper in 2009
  • “SOREA steals the heart from netizens” “Gee, gee, gee, Ulsoo, let’s feel the melody by the traditional girl musicians” posted on Daily Chosun in 2009
  • “Sharing concert with SOREA” aired on M.net’s WIDE Entertainment News
  • “SOREA’s mini concert to congratulate on 2008 GTM” posted on Daily Sports
  • SOREA’s interview on “Kyungju World’s Culture Expo” aired on KBS News Gwangjang in 2007
  • SOREA’s participation in Kyungju World’s Culture Expo posted on Daily Moonwha in 2007
  • “Imbangwool Gugakje” posted on Daily Chosun, Daily Moodeung, Oh My News in 2007
  • “SOREA raps in traditional way” aired on MBC 9 o’clock News Desk in 2006
  • SOREA special documentary aired on Q Channel in 2006
  • MoonHwa Daily Reported SOREA cheer Worldcup in 2006
  • “Today’s Clip” aired for SOREA on YTN in 2006
  • SOREA aired on SBS ‘News and Economy’ in 2006
  • “5 colors in 1, spreaders of new traditional music” posted on Daily Dong Ah in 2006
  • “Traditional music is good, let’s get more popular” posted on Daily Central in 2006
  • SOREA aired on MBC News Today ‘Into the Culture’ in 2005

Media Log[edit]

  • Appeared on SBS “Go, Morning wide” in 2010
  • Appeared on KBS “Baechulsoo’s Concert 7080 in 2010
  • Appeared many times on KBS “Gugak Hanmadang” in 2010
  • Appeared as a guest on PBC “Priest, priest, our priest” in 2010
  • Special guest performance at KBS “Open Recital, New Year’s Edition” in 2010
  • Appeared on KBS “The morning of the World” in 2009
  • Appeared on Gugak Broadcast “Dreaming Arirang by Yoon Joong Gang” in 2009
  • Appeared on KBS “Rejuvenate 530” in 2009
  • Special performance with appearance on MBC “2008 The Best Volunteer Worker” in 2008
  • Special performance with appearance on KBS Special “Dreaming to be healthy to 100” in 2008
  • Special performance at CBS “Tonghaeya” concert in 2008
  • Special performance at KBS special concert “Co-Exist” in 2008
  • Special performance at the 4th KBS Korean Pop Festival in 2007
  • Special performance at the pre celebration of the 15th SBS Imbangwool Gugakje in 2007
  • Special performance at KBS “Open Recital, New Year’s Edition” with B-boy Extreme Crew in 2007
  • Guest appearance on MBC drama “Palace S” and participated on OST in 2007
  • Special performance at KBS Thanksgiving Special Festival in 2007
  • Special performance at KBS Korean Traditional Art Festival in 2007
  • Appeared on KBS “Baechulsoo’s concert 7080” in 2006
  • Special performance at KBS “2006 The Best Traditional Music” in 2006
  • Special performance at MBC “2006 The Best Volunteer Worker” in 2006
  • Special performance at SBS “2006 The Best Complaint Handler” in 2006
  • Appeared on KBS Thanksgiving Special with B-Boy Gamberz in 2006
  • Sorea’s special documentary aired on Q Channel in 2006
  • Special guest appearance on the 500th episode of MBC “Our Melody” in 2006
  • Guest appearance on MBC drama “Palace” and participated on OST in 2006
  • Appeared many times on MBC “Our Melody” in 2006
  • Appeared on KBS “Gugak Hanmadang – Spring Special” in 2006
  • Special performance at Yeouido Maple Tree Festival in 2006 aired on Government Broadcasting
  • Appeared on MBC “Summer Festival” in 2006
  • Appeared on Arirang TV National Gugak Center Yeakdang “Love traditional music recital” in 2006

Albums[edit]

  • 1st Single Album

SOREA
2006.05.12

  • Monsterious Story

SOREA
2009.12.15

  • Deepest Sorrow (Digital Single)

SOREA
2011.04.08

  • A Song For You

SOREA
2013.02.04

  • Zincha Zanchi

SOREA
2014.01.28

  • Aguiadiaracha

SOREA
2014.02.28

  • Heartbeat Of The Deepest Sea

SOREA
2014.05.30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chung Ah-young (03-02-2010). "Girl Groups Thrive in Traditional Music Scene". THE KOREA TIMES.