INTO THE LIGHT MUSIC OF KOREA 6

Korea Arts Management Service

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

JAMBINAI / Group
By using the difference in the tone of the lyre-guitar improvised from traditional music to the song that completes the rhythm, or the free leaf and harp playing was limited to a relatively repetitive and naegoja capture an image of the destruction of the oppressed, or nature. 

“Bringing together hard-hitting electric guitars and drums with traditional Korean instruments, Jambinai yields ferocious sonic landscapes that are equally unsettling and uplifting. The three instruments - known as piri, geomungo, and haegeum - channel traditional Korean music as well as Western post rock. All that said, the sounds on Jambinai’s 2012 album, “Différance" go beyond those influences.” –SXSW.com
“This band plays a fascinating, entirely original brand of post-rock music through the use of various traditional Korean instruments. This is the kind of music that is a breath of fresh air for someone who loves post-rock, but is tired of the lack of progression the genre seems to be plagued by.” –Sputnikmusic
“One of the most unique bands in the(Korean) underground scene …” – The Jeju Weekly
“Highly recommended for adventurous music listeners.” – Init_Music


JAMBINAI|TIME OF EXTINCTION

JAMBINAI|TIME OF EXTINCTION

JAMBINAI|TIME OF EXTINCTION (Video)

Contact:
www.jambinai.com
hivcore@daum.net

숨[suːm] / Group
숨[suːm] was formed in 2007 by two Korean traditional musicians with the ambitious aim of starting a new era of Korean traditional music that combines the sensory experience of musical with lessons learned from modern life. Foundering, member Jiha Park admits, “I like Korean traditional music, but when I play it I feel a little weird because I don’t live in that time, a long time ago. I live now, in the 21st century, so I want to make my own music.” To reach that goal they experiment with melody and rhythm and adapt traditional techniques to their needs.

Park plays the Piri(a bamboo oboe), the Yanggeum(a dulcimer) and the Saenghwang(a pipe organ played as a wind instrument), while Jungmin Seo uses the unusual Gayageum, a 25-string zither. The group’s music is not limited by any particular notes, and musical phrases are adapted to the each member’s individual breathing capacity.

The group received an enthusiastic response to their 2013 appearance at WOMEX in Cardiff, Wales, and at the American showcase SXSW in Austin, Texas, in 2015.

숨[suːm]|Neo Shinbanggok

숨[suːm]|Neo Shinbanggok

숨[suːm]|Neo Shinbanggok

숨[suːm]|Neo Shinbanggok (Video)

Contact:
www.facebook.com/breathmusic2
jihasound@naver.com

Gonne Choi / Vocal
Singer-songwriter Gonne Choi creates music that gives listeners the impression that it has existed for a long time. Listening to her music has been likened to finding yourself in the midst of a long journey.Choi has released three EPs(“36.5℃,” “Good Morning,” and “Real”) since 2010 before her first studio album(“I was, I am, I will”) was issued in 2014. Despite having learned to perform pansori(Korean traditional narrative songs) and play the gayageum(a Korean traditional instrument, like a zither) when she was young, by the time she was in college she had reverted to singing vocals in hard core rock band. 

Given this diverse background, Choi’s musical style spans the boundaries of rock, folk, jazz, contemporary, classical and world music, among others. At present, her musical resume includes completing a two-month of Europe(2012) and various music festivals in Korea, winning Japan’s Fuji TV “Asia Versus” competition(2013) and having performed at U.K.’s expansive Glastonbury Festival(2014, 2015).

Gonne Choi|Sailor's song

Gonne Choi|Sailor's song

Gonne Choi|Sailor's song (Video)

Contact:
www.iamgonne.com
amgonne@gmail.com

Kyungso Park / Gayageum
As a gayageum player, composer and improviser, Kyungso Park sways between traditional and contemporary art – a truly preeminent contemporary musician. She is known for expanding the scope of gayageum music and challenging its often traditional role in Korean cultural expression. Having debuted in 2004, Park’s collaborations and performances have spanned a variety of genres, from jazz music and avant garde improvisation to experimental music, gayageum sanjo(an improvised instrumental solo from the late Joseon era), creating her own unique style of music.

She has given concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and has made released five albums, including the LP “Dung-tta(2011)” and the deluxe edition of her newest single “Be My Neighbor(2014)”. Through these various artistic collaborations, Park has asserted herself as a leading, dynamic force in Korean musical culture.

Kyungso Park|Welcome To My Table

Kyungso Park|Be My Neighbor (Video)

Contact:
kyungsopark.com
kyungso.park@gmail.com

Baraji / Group
In Korean, the concept Baraji is a purely indigenous that refers to the heartfelt care given to a person through unconditional support. Among Korean traditional musicians, however, Baraji refers to the impromptu harmonizing carried out by background vocalists, adding depth to the lead vocals and enhancing the complexity of the music. The spirit of Baraji is epitomized in the distinctive Jindo Ssitgim Gut, a traditional shamanistic purging ritual for the dead that offers prayers for peaceful rest with singing and dancing. The members of the musical group Baraji display an intense desire to pay homage to Baraji and to share its beauty with the world through their music.

The ensemble strives to identify aspects of these traditional pieces that will resonate most with contemporary audiences, which can be found in various aspects of the genre, including vocal, percussion, instrumental and theatrical components. By polishing and reconstructing these elements, Baraji sincerely hopes to contribute to making the world a better place to live through its musical output.

Baraji|Beasohn, Song of prayer

Baraji|Beasohn, Song of prayer (Video)

Contact:
www.facebook.com/barajikorea
baraji04@naver.com

Coreyah / Group
Coreyah is a Korean/world music ensemble consisting of four performers of Korean traditional instruments, one guitarist, and one world percussionist. Though rooted in the peninsula’s rich musical tradition, Coreyah also strives to create “living Korean music” by incorporating a variety of world music heritages, such as Anglo-American rock music, Balkan gypsy music and different genres from South America and Africa. 

Since its debut in 2010, Coreyah has been expanding its musical domain by actively blurring the distinction between traditional and contemporary popular music. In 2011, the band was invited to perform at the Belgian world music festival “Sfinx Mixed,” which launched their four-city European tour. In 2013, Coreyah received the highest mark at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and since then, the group has gone on to perform in Australia, Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Qatar and Oman. The band is thus active both at home and abroad.

Coreyah|Let’s Make a Feast

Coreyah|Born Wrong


Contact:
www.coreyah.kr
contact@planktonmusic.com

Black string / Group
World-music trio Black String consists of Yoon-jeong Heo on the geomungo(a 6-string zither), Aram Lee on the daegum(a large bamboo flute), and Jean Oh on the jazz guitar. As a band, the musicians claim that their goal is to use traditional music to embody a variety of musical expressions, particularly those of jazz and world music. It is hoped that this new sound would eventually be reinterpreted by artists who also embrace traditional music and jazz, being reflected in both composed and improvised creations. 

These aspirations especially focus on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music and attempt to create a unique language that makes use of Asian intuition and musical idioms.

Black String|Mask Dance

Black String|Mask Dance (Video)


Contact:
www.sonicbids.com/band/blackstring
dreamer@jarasumjazz.com

Hyelim Kim / Daegeum
Daegeum performer, composer and researcher, Hyelim Kim, is opening up new possibilities for Korean music by using a Korean traditional instrument, the daegeum, as a tool to promote exchange with a wide variety of musical cultures.

Hyelim Kim|Ch’ǒng

Hyelim Kim|Ch’ǒng

Contact:
www.hyelimtaegum.net
hyelimtaegum@gmail.com

Jeong Ga Ak Hoe / Group
Since the group's founding in 2000, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe has toured widely throughout Korea, Europe and the United States, presenting its unique performances of both Korean traditional music and newly composed works for Korean traditional instruments. Jeong Ga Ak Hoe's eclectic and diverse repertoire has deep roots in the ancient Korean concept of johwa, meaning "harmony" or "balance" each performance is an expression of the transformative power that exists in music and nature. Jeong Ga Ak Hoe's holistic approach has led them to explore the potential of new - and at times - unexpected artistic collaborations, resulting in a distinctive genre of emotionally compelling performance art, utilizing the aesthetics of Korean traditional music as a catalyst to create a visionary, multi-dimensional theater. 

More than providing mere "incidental" scores, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe draws upon the ancient traditions of Korean musical art, adding narrative, recitation, dance and video to create a ritualistic, genre-defying space where past, present and future coexist simultaneously, both preserving and transforming the musical heritage of their ancestors.Moreover, noticing similar characteristics between pansori(a Korean genre of musical storytelling) and flamenco, the group had been frequently visiting Spain over the past two years as a means of learning how to fuse these Korean and Spanish musical traditions. The result has been a series of collaborations on musical theater performances with members of the local community, an experiment that presents the essence of multiculturalism in a way that transcends time and culture.

Jeong Ga Ak Hoe|Alio Ver.1

Jeong Ga Ak Hoe|Alio Ver.1

Jeong Ga Ak Hoe|Alio Ver.1

Contact:
www.facebook.com/jgahmusic
jgah@jgah.co.kr

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