Into the Light, MUSIC OF KOREA is to introduce Korean traditional music to international audiences.
Geomungo Factory invites their listeners to join them on a journey of discovery and savor the charms of traditional Korean music, letting them to experience for themselves its unique spiritual and meditative essence. This desire has found creative expression in a variety of settings and styles, from classical demonstrations to experimental fusions of East and West, Ancient and Modern. The music of Geomungo Factory preserves the aesthetic beauty of Korean music, while reshaping and transforming it into exciting new forms.
Geomungo : Yu Mi-Young, Lee Jeong-Seok, Jeong Ein-Ryoung
Gayageum : Kim Suna
Geomungo Factory | Movement on Silence
At the end of the Joseon Dynasty (late 19th century), the composition of Sijo was on the decline but in the mid-1920s, young intellectuals like CHOI Nam-seon and Yi Kwang-su saw the vernacular Sijo as a distinctive Korean artistic form and used it as a vehicle for expressing nationalist sentiments during the period of Japanese colonization. This revival of Sijo has existed more or less uninterrupted for nearly a hundred years.MOON Hyun is one of Korea's paramount masters of classical art song. His artistry has allowed him to take these time-honored traditions, reshape them and find new modes of expression. Moon's highly acclaimed album, "Sijo, Walking Metro" takes Sijo as the starting point of a journey that transports the listener from smoky jazz ballads, and ambient soundscapes, and ultimately come to the rest at the heart of the Korean art song. MOON is currently a successor to Intangible Cultural Property No. 41 (Kasa).
MOON Hyun | Amongst the green mountains
Formed in 2005, the name "Easternox" was chosen by the members to express the dynamic fusion they sought to achieve in their music - "Eastern" for their unmistakable Korean aesthetics and "Equinox" – the term representing the two days of the year where the length of the day and night are equal . Put together, Easternox stands for the balance of "East" and "West," "New" and "Old," and "Darkness" and "Light." Easternox has set lofty goals for themselves, but the streams of Korea's musical traditions run pure and deep. The powerful, hypnotic rhythms of Korean drumming are at the heart of every Easternox’s performance – being more than just a mere ensemble, Easternox is a bridge builder using the heartbeats of Korea to touch listeners everywhere! In January 2011, Easternox released their first studio album – “Eclipse.”
Mina Park : Daegeum, Vocals
KIM Seung-jin : Keyboards
CHOI Young-jin : Korean Percussion
CHANG Tae-soon : Drums
LEE Suk-jin : Percussion, Composition
Easternox | Take 7
PARK has graduated from Korea National University of Arts with Bachelor and Master Degree in Traditional Arts, and is currently in the PhD program in Seoul National University. She is active as a member of the Gayageum Ensemble AURA, and the Oriental Express. She is also lecturing at Korea National University of Arts, Chungwoon University, and Yeoju Institute of Technology. She released 4 solo albums including "Fragments Beyond" and "Dung-tta"
PARK Kyung-so | Fragments Beyond
PARK Kyung-so | Fragments Beyond
Seung-hee’s critically acclaimed recordings of the Ji Yeong-Hee Haegeum Julpungnyu established her place in a distinguished lineage of Ji Yong-gu (1862 -?), the founder of the modern Haegeum Sanjo. It is no exaggeration to say that SeungHee Lee is a distinguished representative of the spirit of modern Kagok – both for her reverence of tradition and tireless advocacy of contemporary music. Her scholarship and spontaneity open exciting new vistas for the future of Korean music.
LEE Seung-hee | Yangcheong
Their encyclopedic knowledge of the modes, melodies and rhythms of Korean music provide the sonic building blocks for their artistic explorations. Rather than attempting a forced stylistic fusion, Bulsechul’s music is organic. The influence of western folk rock and chamber jazz can occasionally be heard, but have been transformed and now speak with a Korean accent. Together, this diverse and colorful band demonstrates the vitality of 21st century Korean chamber music, drawing all of us closer to their fabulous “City of Pungryu.”
LEE Joon : Gayageum
JEON Woo-seok : Geomungo
KIM Jin-wook : Daegeum
PARK Gye-jeon : Piri
Kim Yong-ha : Guitar
PARK Je-heon : Ajaeng
CHOI Deok-ryeol : Guitar, Composition
Bae Jeong-chan : Perccusion
Bulsechul | Puneori
Coreyah proves their ability to blend tradition and modernity by actively performing at both traditional Korean music gigs and current popular musical gigs. They were awarded the grand prize at the Chunchamanbyul Concert, which was an influential contest in the field of Korean traditional singers and “Tune-Up Musician of 2011,” sponsored by CJ Culture Foundation (one of the biggest companies in Korea). Coreyah is also participating in the “Top Band 2,” which is a popular Korean televised contest between musical bands that airs on KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) and drawing wide range of attention because of their remarkable ability in fusing Korea’s own beautiful melodies and rhythm. Coreyah refers to their music as contemporary Korean folklore music because they embrace a wide range of music based on Korean traditional music.Coreyah released their first album “Walk into the Sea” in 2011 and produced an image musical theatre titled “Sugungga: The Blue House” with the French director Marion Schoevaert in May of 2012. Such endeavors are the evidence of Coreyah’s attempts to transcend the typical boundary between the arts.
KWON A-sin (Vocals)
KIM Dong-geun (Daeguem, Sogeum, Tungso)
KIM Heon-gi “Hombre”(Guitar)
JEONG Ha-ri (Geomungo)Daeng A (Percussion)
Coreyah | Dondolariyo (Don't know how it will be)
Coreyah | Dondolariyo (Don't know how it will be)
YOON Eun-Ja embodies the vibrant spirit of the Geomungo, and translates its solemn melodies into an exciting contemporary musical language. Her work embraces both traditional performance, Changjak Gugak ("creative" gugak or "newly composed" traditional music) as well as innovative artistic explorations, including multi-media and film. In addition to an active career as a solo performer, Eun-Ja is the Principle Geomungo of the SeongNam Municipal Troup of Korean Traditional Performing Arts, a founding member of Ensemble Geomungo and now actively teaches and mentors to young musicians. EunJa's 2009 album, "Spring Snow" earned her the KOCCA Critics Choice Award (KOCCA is the acronym for Korean Creative Contents Agency, the international consortium representing Korean cultural productions around the world) and she received enthusiastic reviews in the local press, citing both her exceptional musicianship and her creative program of traditional and contemporary repertoire.
YOON Eun-ja | Sultaegut
Founded in 2001, the young musicians of Cheongbae have already established themselves as one of Korea's most energetic and innovative performing ensembles. Drawing upon pre-modern Korean theater and rituals for inspiration, they capture the essence of Yeonhee, or 'playing,' and bring the dynamism of Korean shamanism into the concert hall.A Cheongbae performance is a spiritual experience. Their recreations of traditional Gut (or shamanistic rituals) bestow blessings of happiness and health and well-being. The ecstatic clatter of gongs, cymbals, the thunderous beat of drums, the keening wails of a pair of taepyeongso (a type of shawm whose name enchantingly translates as "big peace wind instrument") and the chest-pounding drone of the nabal long-trumpet shapes a sacred space where the only thing you can do is jump to your feet and join them in their dance!
Kkwanggari – JOO Youngho, YANG
BonaJanggu – PARK Changgeon, YEO Seongryong
Buk – SONG Chiho, LEE Soeun
Zing – OH Wonseok, KIM Jinhwan
Taepyeongso, Bara- PARK Beomtae
Cheongbae Traditional Performing Arts Troupe | Cheongbae
Ensemble SINAWI’s collective musical vision challenges the conventions of “fusion” and “crossover” music. There is nothing forced or artificial here, only passion and extraordinary creativity. The rhythms and melodies you hear are the same as those that have been practiced for generations by Korean musicians of improvisation while the song lyrics all come from classical poetries of Pansori. The stunning juxtaposition of authentic Korean sounds within the context of a chamber-jazz performance provides a dynamic and exciting encounter with an extraordinary new form of traditional music for the 21st century.
SHIN Hyunsik - Ajaeng
KIM Jihye - Janggu, Percussion
HA Sera - Gayageum
JEONG Songhee - Piano, Composition
LEE Bongguen - Vocal, Jing
Ensemble Sinawi | Indang-soo