Esplanade Presents


Under the Moonlight: A Dialogue Between the Gayageum and Tabla

Park Jin Seon & Govin Tan (South Korea, Singapore)

29 Sep 2023, Fri, 7.15pm & 8.15pm


(Intermission: None)

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Be prepared to experience sanjo music, a genre of Korean solo instrumental music passed down by ear through generations. It often features music that starts slowly but ends with a fast beat. This is contrasted with the song Sound of the Night by Hwang Byungki that introduces new scales and new playing techniques on the gayageum. Lastly, Park Jin Seon’s students, Kim Soo Jung, Lee Mi Kyeong and Seo Ji Yun will join her on stage to present Gayageum Byeongchang, a unique Korean traditional music performance that combines gayageum with vocal music.


What happens when traditional Korean music meets the Indian tabla?


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the artistry of both cultures brought by to you by Park Jin Seon on the gayagum and Govin Tan on the tabla, in a performance that transcends traditions and celebrates cultures.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Park Jin Seon

Ms Park Jin Seon is a multi-award winning, traditional Korean musician currently based in Munich.


She has been playing the gayageum for over 40 years and has given a number of private and public performances in Korea, including live concerts and has been featured on national TV.


She is also a professional teacher, dedicated to spreading the history and knowledge of Korean music amongst the younger generation. She founded the Park Jin Seon School of Music and in recent years, expanded her concert repertoire in Europe with performances in a number of countries including Germany and Lithuania.


She graduated with a master’s degree and returned to teach music at her high school in Korea. In Singapore, she also teaches at the Singapore Korean International School and at the Singapore Korean Association

Govin Tan

Govin Tan is a versatile world music percussionist/drummer with a burning desire to push boundaries in establishing ethnic drumming in contemporary settings.


His journey began at the age of 12 with the study of Indian Music in Singapore.  He went on to further his craft in tabla performance over the next few years in India.


He was the first non-Indian to win the National Indian Music Competition in 2006 at the age of 14 (Tabla intermediate category) and 2008 at the age of 16 (Tabla open category). The rarity of such an achievement opened doors for appearances on various media channels in Singapore such as Channel News Asia, Channel 8, Channel 5, Vasantham, MTV Asia, Zao Bao, The New paper, Straits Times, Tabla magazine, 98.7FM, 933FM, Peak Magazine, Tamil Murasu and many more.


To date, Govin is a second-generation owner of Flame of the Forest and an associate musician in Open Score Project as well as the SA the collective. Apart from performing, he is also an active educator with a vision to groom and encourage more ethnic drumming in contemporary settings.


Always a true student at heart, Govin continues to study and explore various ethnic instruments of the world.

Date & Time

29 Sep 2023, Fri


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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