“Meet the woman behind TeRra“
Han TeRra (한테라, 韓泰來) is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding and exceptional kayagŭm (12-string zither) musicians in Korea. Ms. Han was a child prodigy and was performing by age 8. She began her training in classical Korean music and traditional performing arts, including singing and dancing, at the age of five. In addition, Ms. Han has researched other Asian zither traditions including the Japanese koto, the Chinese jaeng, and North Korea’s music represented in China.
Ms. Han has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and the Asian Cultural Council in New York. She also serves as an honorary ambassador of the Korean Center for International Affairs, member of the Korean Zither’s Association, and member of Asian Musicology. Ms. Han holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seoul National University. She has released six solo albums and numerous chamber and orchestra recordings. She is called ‘moving work of art’ for her combined brilliant artistry. Sep. 29th. 2015, Terra had debut stage at the Carenegie Hall in New York as the youngest Korean traditional musicians of a few who ever had a recital at the Carnegie hall.
2016, TeRra Han was admitted voting member of the Grammy Awards () as few Asian traditional musicians by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science in the United States.
Mission of TeRra
Through this exquisite her musical careers, she realized that people of the world in this 21C would like to know, listen and see Asian arts and cultures, despite of the egger of the people there is not much enough gateways to approach them and communicate together. So she identified to devote herself to grant the essence of Asian beauty and connect world with the beauty. This magazine ‘TeRra‘ is the realization of that vision.
TeRra Han had been a writer of ‘Journal of the Seoul National University’ for her during college student in Korea and had been a reporter of Korean business magazine as one of her interests in ‘journalism’.
Editorial content of TeRra will feature inspiration, tips, and life hacks for categories including Asian music, art, culture, fashion, life, travel, and people. Everything is designed to be approachable and easy to share the authentic beauty of Asia!
The TeRra, magazine is available basically in English being serviced ‘Google translations’, the TeRra promises the magazine will be going to expand service in other language versions in each countries in the world for the near future.
*Kayageum (가야금, 伽倻琴)
Kayageum or gayageum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other number of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument. It is related to other Asian instruments, including the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.
The kayageum was developed around the 6th century in the Gaya confederacy by King Gasil after he observed an old Chinese instrument. He ordered a musician named Wu Ruk to compose music that could be played on the instrument. The original name was gayago and later gayageum. Evolved in the 19th century with the emergence of sanjo music—which literally means scattered melodies, a musical form that involves fast tempos and some improvisation. The sanjo kayageum is now the most widespread form of Kayageum.
Graphic Purview of TeRra
TeRra, the magazine geographic areas of interests are from the India,Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, East Timor, Myanmar, Mongolia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, China, Korea to Japan.