Korea’s Gyeongbuk University Piano Recital

A little while back, I joined some friends to see a piano recital at a Gyeongbuk University (경북대학교) in Daegu (대구) where another friend would be playing.The piano recital itself was pretty boring; I’m not going to lie. Now personally, I didn’t care if it was boring or not. After all, once upon a time I was a music major and I had to sit through a minimum of 20 hours of recitals each semester. So sitting through a concert (which, by the way, we arrived late to), was not a problem for me. I mentally critiqued each performance; while my friends did the Korean thing and critiqued the girls’ looks.

If you’re curious about the looks, I thought some of the girls were TOO skinny. One girl, I swear, was a walking skeleton. They were dressed fabulously though in formal (prom-like) attire. I thought most of them looked pretty. However, my friends have ‘high eyes’ and are far more judgmental than me. (”High eyes” is a Korean direct translation. I think ‘high standards’ is a more natural way of putting it.) So, they were very unimpressed with the girls and thought almost all of them were ugly. One or two were passable, but that was it.

half of the girls

If you’re curious about the performances, most of the performances didn’t leave much of an impression on me and a lot of them were not very good. I mean, most were really good technically. However, it seemed that the performers go through the motions of playing and it ends up sounding like a big blob of music. For example, a lot of them were horrible at tapering the ends of their notes, not putting very many (or none at all!) dynamic changes, and ineffective tempo changes. But I digress…

The best, by far though, was the guy with pink glasses. HE WAS AWESOME

We were there for less than an hour and my friends were about ready to pass out from boredom. Even when our friend got on stage, I think they struggled to stay focused. Lol. We all recorded parts of her performance on our phones, though. She was one of the top performers that night, thank goodness.

Anyway, after the recital, all of the performers came out on the stage and bowed to the audience [2/3 pictured above] before meeting up with their families in the lobby. Almost everyone left with their respective families to go eat dinner. My friends and I joined in on our performing friend’s family for dinner. At least 14 members of her extended family were there for her dinner. That was really strange, and I felt a little more than a little awkward joining in on their dinner (for free). The other non-family members there, however, seemed unperturbed. We sat at a separate table from the family (basically the ‘children’s table), and enjoyed our shared soup/ramen/meat:  Budae Jiggae (부데 지깨). All in all, it wasn’t a bad night. ^^

Two of my friends; I laughed at their bibs

For more pictures and some video, check out my flickr page.


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