In latest act of diplomacy, LG head hosts a jazz night

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In latest act of diplomacy, LG head hosts a jazz night

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Koo Bon-moo, LG chairman, sixth from left, poses for a picture with jazz artists and other participants at the “Korea-Japan Friendship Concert,” which was held on Monday at the LG Art Center in Seoul. [LG GROUP]

LG Chairman Koo Bon-moo, who has continuously practiced cultural diplomacy through various forms of art, has now added jazz to his interests.

LG held the “Korea-Japan Friendship Jazz Concert” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ties between the two countries on Monday at the LG Art Center in Seoul. There was a total of 1,000 attendees, including 300 guests from both countries.

“LG is trying its best to create bridges between countries through various cultural events hosted by both Korean and foreign artists,” Koo said. “This year, we have invited jazz artists from the two countries to celebrate the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

“Jazz offers an open forum where people from different backgrounds and interests can mingle and enjoy the moments with an open mind,” Koo said, “and in this regard, I hope both Korea and Japan open up their minds and communicate more in order for the two countries to foster their relationship.”

“Just as music builds bridges and connects people, I hope that the two nations also come together to ultimately bring about a brighter future,” Koro Bessho, the Japanese ambassador to Korea, said in his remarks.

Legendary Japanese guitarist Jiro Yoshida, jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino and pianist Makoto Ozone participated in this event. From the Korean side, vocalist Woong San, saxophonist Lee Jung-sik, bassist Hwang Ho-kyu, drummer Oh Jong-dae and pianist Min Kyung-in joined the performance as well.

Yoshida played an arranged version of the Korean folk song “Arirang” on his guitar and was applauded by the audience.

BY HAM JONG-SUN [kim.youngnam@joongang.co.kr]

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