Into the Light, MUSIC OF KOREA is to introduce Korean traditional music to international audiences.
Vinalog | Doraji
It is by no means surprising that she has received several prominent recognitions for her work: KBS Korean Traditional Music Grand Prix, Korean National Assembly Culture and Media Grand Prix, 2005 Korean Culture and Art Committee Award, 2006 Ministry Culture and Tourism Artist Award, 2009 Korean Christian Culture and Arts Grand Prix…etc.
KANG Eun-il | Hey Ya
GongMyoung’s Passion for Music is wonderful and marvelous. They compose their music for their own color and sometimes they create musical instrument for themselves.-Members-SONG Kyung-keun Sogeum, DaegeumPARK Seung-Won Guitar, TaepyoungsoKang Seon-il Yanggeum, ChanggoLim Yong-ju Percussion
Gongmyoung | Play with us
Gongmyoung | Play with us
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 | Chimhyang-moo Part 2
Since her professional debut, she has performed numerous solo recitals in Korea, the U.S., Germany, Hong Kong, Sweden etc. She has performed with numbers of world-renowned orchestras and ensembles including Shanghai Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Orchestra, Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlas Ensemble, KNM Berlin Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, and Lydian String Quartet. In addition, she has been recognized as the most frequently invited Korean musician to international music festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Kuhumo Festival, ISCM, Asian Composer's League, Otherminds Contemporary Festival, Pacific Rim Music Festival, MIDEM.In 2003, she was awarded "The Best Young Musician" by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which is granted to the most prominent young musicians.She is now serving as a professor of Gayageum Performance in the Department of Korean Music in the College of Music at Seoul National University and also a music director of Gimhae Municipal Gayageum Orchestra. She is also the representative of CMEK (Contemporary Music Ensemble of Korea) which consists of musicians who perform both Korean traditional musical instruments and Western classical instruments.
YI Ji-young | Rough Brush
His interest in newly composed Korean music led him to engage himself in graduate studies; KIM received M.A with a thesis on daegeum techniques. KIM’s research explores innovative ways to extend daegeum’s role in traditional music, and provides guidance for daegeum musicians to approach contemporary Korean and Western music.
KIM Jeong-seung | cheongseong-gok (a part)
More than providing mere “incidental” scores, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe draws upon the ancient traditions of Korean musical arts; it adds narrative, recitation, dance and video to create a ritualistic, genre-defying space where past, present and future coexist simultaneously, for both preservation and transformation of the musical heritage of their ancestors.
JeongGaAkHoe | The moon reflecting in the water
His identityWhatever the song sung by him belongs to the genre of Jang Sa-ik music. Sometimes, he churns out explosive sounds, which then move to elegant and calm tunes. His sound is kaleidoscopic. Through him, songs become magical and he transforms sounds into songs. That is why his songs do not belong to any particular genre. They are only the "music of Jang Sa-ik."The artist is not bound by the song's rhythm. If he wants to extend the intervals of rhythmic movement, he freely squeezes in between them and stretches them out without any hesitation. There is no doubt he has great empathy with his audiences, with whom he breathes together and communicates through music.For three years, Jang played the taepyeongso (Korean traditional double-reed wind instrument) for a samulnori(music played by four percussionists) troupe before he began singing. The samulnori performance, which is led by the player of the kkwaenggwari, a brass gong, allows for much variation. During that time, Jang learned how to transcend rhythms freely, immerse himself into the fun and exhilaration of music and gain confidence in expressing his emotions.To him, songs mean much more than the music. They are narratives of life, and can console people in grief and offer them a tonic. This is why he tries to fill his songs with sincerity of life rather than simply seeking to perfect them musically. Because of his obsession with sincerity, the lyrics of Jang's songs easily sink into and are united with the emotions of his audiences.He is an avid reader of poetry. He said he feels great excitement when he read poems and they just become songs naturally. He has written songs with lyrics based on some reputed poems, such as "Twilight Road" by So Chong-ju, "Back to Heaven" by Chun Sang-byung, "This Ain't It" by Kim Yong-taek and "Flower Watching" by Kim Hyung-young.These songs blend the poetic language refined and polished by the poets and Jang's indigenous, exquisite timbre -- resonating beauty to make audiences feel exhilarated. In addition, there are songs through which he expresses the joy, anger, sorrow and happiness he experienced in his life. They include "Jjillekkot" (wild rose), in which he sings about the difficulties he faced before he made his debut as a singer in his mid-40s, and "Coughing," which is about his father who died of lung cancer. These songs penetrate the hearts of those who listen to them.What charms people more than the songs is Jang Sa-ik himself. It is quite natural that his fans often get confused whether they like the maestro Jang or his songs. It is because they see his life is identified through his songs. Like his songs, he is supple, candid and humble. His life more resembles a jjillekkot than a rose. He rides the bus because he longs to meet people.
JANG Sa-ik | Arirang
Noreum Machi pursues to become a musical group that communicates and exchanges with people around the world, to deliver its profound impression to the world. Noreum Machi is pursues to become a musical group that communicates and exchanges with people around the world so that we can deliver its profound impression to the world.
Noreum Machi | Binari
Puri’s root is no doubt Korean tradition. Yet Puri’s music has the power to reverberate throughout the world. Puri wishes to prove the unlimited possibilities of innovative music by making an unflinching effort to move beyond the rigid traditional repertoire toward blending diverse genres of music, and, in so doing, to let the world experience the excellence of Korean music by communicating with a wide array of talented international musicians.
Won Il : Jhanggo, Piri, Buhk, Drums, Hojeok. Chorus
HAN Seung-seok : Voice, Kkwaenggwari, Changgo, Bahrah
Kim Woong-sik : Changgo, Didgeridoo, Kkwaenggwari, Buhk, Djembe, Udu, Jing, Cymbals, Chorus
Jung Jae-il : Guitars, Basses, Electronic Sounds, Chorus, Piano
Puri | Jaryong, Shooting an Arrow