Into the Light, MUSIC OF KOREA is to introduce Korean traditional music to international audiences.
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 | Bari Sinawi (a part)
Furthermore, CHAE Soo-jung assembles a diverse range of specialized musicians in the performance group, such as players of the daegum, haegum, ajeng and percussion, in aiming to actively popularize classical Korean music. The greatest virtue of this performance group is that traditional forms are maintained while new experiments are tried out so that the general public can find the music more accessible. Under these circumstances, the solo performances of the historical dramas are no longer considered to be long or boring, and no special information needs to be prepared before the performance, for everyone may be satisfied with CHAE Soo-jung’s pansori performance group, which is full of interests, artistic expression, and human emotions. This is a group that holds us spellbound simultaneously in the charms of Korea’s traditional and world music.
CHAE Soo-jung | Dontaryeong' in Pansori, Heungboga
Piri, Taepyungso, Saenghwang:KIM Ji-hyun
Piano, Synthesizer:CHAE Ji-hye
Accustic Guitar:LEE Jung-youp
Contra Bass, Electric Bass Guitar:GO Geom-jae
KANG Eun-il HaegumPlus | A wet haegum with rain
Their performances on stage provide a good opportunity to directly ascertain the various elements of formation of Korean culture with our own eyes and ears. Through their music you can encounter Buddhist music and arts that are deeply rooted in traditional Korean culture. This kind of traditional Korean music has not only become extinct in our modern age, but continues to develop and be appreciated in the 21st Century. Be-Being has created a precedence by showing the effectiveness of a traditional heritage transposed into the present, in order to fully understand 21st Century Korean world music it is necessary to experience one of Be-Being’s performances.
Be-Being | Chin-chan
HWANG Byung-ki has developed unique performance techniques and composition that bestow the instrument with limitless capabilities. Born in Seoul in 1936, he majored in Law, but started performing the gayageum in his early twenties, winning numerous prizes. From the 1960s he started to compose, and has reached the height of his career in the 1970s when he began to receive much acclaim. Still today, it cannot be denied that HWANG Byung-ki continues to be one of traditional Korean music’s greatest exponents. We are able to feel the aesthetic beauty of the gayageum as one of traditional Korean string instruments, when listening to him performing. At the same time we can certainly know more about the traditional style of sanjo to which the gayageum is played. Among his works, whether Silkroad (Bidangil), Chimhyangmu, or Labyrinth (Migung), these three pieces are the best works to listen to at first in order to truly understand the tradition of Korean gayageum performance. HWANG Byung-ki will surely remain as one of the most prominent performers of traditional Korean music in the 21st Century, and certainly a representative musician of Korean world music.
HWANG Byung-ki | Darha Nopigom Part 4 (a part)
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 | Song 2