INTO THE LIGHT MUSIC OF KOREA 3

Korea Arts Management Service

Into the Light, MUSIC OF KOREA is to introduce Korean traditional music to international audiences.

Miyeon&Park
The critically-acclaimed duo Miyeon and Park are artists of structured improvisation based on jazz, contemporary and classical Korean music. They have been actively performing since the mid 90's.They have released numerous albums. -with Kang Tae Hwan(a.sax),Satoh Masahiko(pf),Lauren Newton(voice),Otomo Yoshihide(gt,elec), Simon Nabatove(pf),Wadada Leo Smith(tp).... Notably, their duo album "Queen and King" was awarded top 10 in 21st century's Korean Jazz music by "Jazz People" magazine in 2005, "Dreams From The Ancestor" in 2008 was awarded the Best Crossover Album and the Best Instrumental Album in the Korean Music Awards in 2009, and "生"(Saeng) in 2010 was newly released.They both studied classical and contemporary music composition in Joongang University. In addition, they also studied Korean traditional Pansori, Shaman music and Samulnori. Then, They went on to incorporate these components into the European Contemporary and Jazz music to pioneer the new style of music. The pianist of the duo, Miyeon, with sensuous and delicate touch, has a great ability in not only composing but arranging also.

Park Je chun, the percussionist, has a unique drum set that combines both Korean and Western choice percussions. What is amazing is that he performs this drum set on the floor __ it comes naturally from the Korean culture and he finds it rather comfortable.Having masterfully pioneered the free-improvisation music in Korea, Miyeon and Park have participated in many outstanding works of world- renowned music masters. In addition, they are sponsored by Korea Foundation and Korea Arts Management Service to travel around the world to perform music of their own style.(U.S, U.K, Germany, France, Denmark, Russia, Malta, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Turky, Alaska, Japan, H.K, China, Maleysia ,Mongol, Togo, Ghana, Zimbabewe, Congo, Egypt, Uzbekistan...)

Miyeon (Piano)
Je Chun (percussion)


Miyeon&Park | Change 1

Miyeon&Park | Change 1

Related Video

Contact:
parksbluesky@daum.net

HEO Yoon-jeong
Heo Yoon-Jeong is an active Geomungo soloist and composer. Her talents cut across various musical genres, expanding the possibilities of Geomungo and Korean music by bringing together different genres ranging from traditional music, impromptu music, and contemporary music. She learned the Geomungo Sanjo under the living treasure, Han Kap-deuk and she has since been designated as an official successor of the Intangible Asset #16. 

She received KBS Grand Prize of Korean Traditional Music Award in 2009, Meritorious Citation from ROK Ministry of Culture, Sport, Tourism in 2008, 2007-2008 Artist Residence Fellowship of Rockefeller Foundation “'Asian Cultural Council New York”. She has held thirteen solo recitals from 1998 to 2012, and performed as part of numerous groups and festivals. Heo is leading a world music project “Tori ensemble” and performed in 2012 WOMAD in Adleraide and New plymouth.

HEO Yoon-jeong | Underplot

HEO Yoon-jeong | Underplot

HEO Yoon-jeong | Underplot

Contact:
dreamer@younsunnah.com

Yesanjok
Opening up new vistas in crossover music by fusing Korean folk song and beat of samulnori with Western Jazz and contemporary music Kwang-soo Lee, who is the master of Binari and Academy of Korean Music, and Jazz Duo Miyeon and Park Je-chun try to show the new concept music to the world. This ensemble is not only a part of the process of reorganization and development of the Korean traditional music as a kind of World Music, but also the result of artistic challenge for several years.

The combination of those three well-known and talented artists is so amazing- Jazz Duo (Miyeon and Park), who has performed on stage in 20 different countries, was loved by both critics and audience. Korean traditional music master Lee Kwang-soo and Academy of Korean Music is the essence of Korean Music. Samulnori's energetic performance, Miyeon's Piano, and Park's powerful but sensitive percussion together make an ensemble and heat up the audience's heart. Lee's vocal- Binari and humming-like a spring's breath is the heart of performance.

Lee Kwang-soo - Kkwaenggwari, Taepyoungso, Vocal
Miyeon - Piano, Keyboards
PARK Je-chun - Drum , Percussion

Yesanjok | Hwimori·Improvisation


Yesanjok | Hwimori·Improvisation
Baramgot
Baramgot is a dedicated Korean music group founded in 2004 under the direction of Won Il. They intend to create new style of music that especially emphasizes each player’s improvisational skills.Baramgot quickly obtained reputation as one of the most important Korean music groups by improving and reinterpreting Korean traditional instruments, which had already acquired their own unique tone colors in the course of their long history. One of their recent works is the reinterpretation of Sinawe (Korean traditional improvisational music) into various contemporary styles, and it has been recognized as the most creative and important achievement in Korean contemporary music scene.

In 2006, they created a music theatre piece called “Searching for Water,” which is based on a Korean folk tale, “Great Journey of Princess Bari.” Every year, their performance is being acclaimed critically.This piece is also the result of cooperative efforts by artists in various fields. This kind of interdisciplinary work to reinvent new style of music while communicating with artists through music is an important part of what Baramgot strives to achieve.“Baramgot,” which literally means wind cape, signifies their efforts to create the new world of free sounds just like that uninhibited wind freely moving from the coastal high land into the sea.


Baramgot | Chaeollim

Contact:
baramgot@paran.com
Tel:02-765-0601
Address:50-59B1,Dongsung-dong,Jongno-gu,Seoul110-809,Korea

Acid Rain
The group was founded by three roommates KIM Yoo-sik(Guitar), Yang Young-ho(Bass) and Nam Kwang-hyun(Drums), graduate student from M.I which renowned music school in Hollywood. They released totally 3 albums with participation in numerous jazz festivals under the name of Acid Rain. Especially their 3rd album "Focus and Wide" blossomed into great world music album as a consequence of long collaboration with Korean traditional musicians. Escaping from general disposable project between Jazz and Korean traditional music, they've fruited with continuous efforts mutually.

Acid Rain | Seongjupuri

Contact:
yayo05@hanmail.net

Acid Rain | Seongjupuri
Tori Ensemble
Tori Ensemble is a world music project ensemble which originally was founded in 2007 by HEO Yoon-jeong(geomun-go) and other Korean traditional artists such as KANG Kwon-soon(jeongga), MIN Young-chi(daegum, janggu) and American free jazz artists Ned Rothenberg(clarinet, saxophone), Satoshi Takeishi(percussion), Erik Friedlander(cello). They perform in Korea and abroad actively as Tori Ensemble, which now consists of 4 Korean Traditional Musicians by scouting LEE Suk-joo(piri), and TORI Project, American free jazz artists in 2010.The word Tori derives from saturi (meaning dialect), a musical term denoting “local style” in Korean traditional music. The group aims to pursue a new sound that can internalize a variety of Tori in traditional music, as well as harmonize with other Toris in world music. . The term also suggests the great diversity of Korean regional music and stylistic tendencies that is found in countryside with a small geographical size. Such diversity is reinterpreted by artists who embrace traditional music as well as jazz, reflecting composed and improvised creations. It especially focuses on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music and attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. The music of Tori Ensemble based on Korean musical traditions, will offer a fresh, new sound to audience. Tori Ensemble will offer an experience that broadens the appreciation of the music audiences worldwide by presenting an “ancient” tradition within a modern setting.

Tori Ensemble was selected at the 2010 PAMS Showcase and was invited to 2010 WOMEX opening concert, and is now planning to perform in the 2011,2012 WOMAD(UK,AUS,NZ) Showcase. Tori World Project had the world premiere of “Five Directions” at Asia Society (2008, New York) and Freer Gallery (2008, Smithonian Museum, Washington D.C). The Washington Post has acclaimed them- "a work that reinvents traditional music with such authenticity, power and originality is astounding" (Washington Post 2008. 11). This was followed by a series of successful performance at Kay Art Hall (2008, New York), The Stone (2008, New York), Merkin Hall (World Music Institute present, 2009, New York), The Roulette (2009, New York), Crossroads Music (2009, Philadelphia), RASA centre for World Cultures(2011, Utrecht in Netherland), BIMHUIS(2011, Amsterdam in Netherland), Sendesaal-Bremen(2011, Bremen in Germany),US Tour (2011,December).

HEO Yoon-jeong (Geomun-go)
KANG Kwon-soon (Vocal)
MIN Young-chi (daeguem, janggu)
LEE Suk-joo (Piri)

Tori Ensemble | The South

Tori Ensemble | The South

Related Video

Contact:
dreamer@younsunnah.com

Korean Arts Management Service
Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Translate with Google
Home
Explore
Nearby
Profile