Korean Traditional Music Ensemble: Traditional Music from Korea

Korean Traditional Music Ensemble: Traditional Music from Korea

by Chung Woong Korean Traditional Music Ensemble
     
 

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This is classical, not folk, music. It traces its lineage back a thousand years or more. Korean music seems largely free from foreign influence. There are a variety of instruments in the ensemble, including Korean versions of the oboe, zither, fiddle, drums, and gongs. The speed is usually slow to midtempo, but sometimes they creep up to the pace of a march. Most of

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This is classical, not folk, music. It traces its lineage back a thousand years or more. Korean music seems largely free from foreign influence. There are a variety of instruments in the ensemble, including Korean versions of the oboe, zither, fiddle, drums, and gongs. The speed is usually slow to midtempo, but sometimes they creep up to the pace of a march. Most of the songs are instrumentals, and all appear to be traditionals. As far as the appeal of the music to someone not used to it, one would have to say it is a mixed bag. Sometimes, to put it bluntly, the timbre is a little cacophonous. Sometimes it is strangely beautiful. Three tracks stand out as special. "San Jo" features the majestic bass zither; the piece is eerily grand. "Sanjo Ensemble" is an improvisational piece arranged for most of the instruments (sorry, no gongs), and sounds a little like jazz, with ensemble parts alternating with fetching solos from the zither, fiddle, and flute. It sounds a bit like Chinese classical music. "Samullori" is a raucous and rhythmic number just for gongs and drums. It really pulls the listener in. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037156127
catalogNumber:
1561

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Performance Credits

Chung Woong Korean Traditional Music Ensemble   Primary Artist
Eun-Young Jung   Flute,Clap Drums
Jae-Hoon Kang   Zither,Ajaeng
Min-Su Kim   Vocals
Ju-Youn Lee   Fiddle,Haegum
Sung-Hyeon Lee   Komungo
Woo-Taek Lee   Drums
Sun-Wok Maeng   Dancer,Jing
Ju-Youn Ryoo   Zither,Kayagum
Suk-Ho Yi   Flute

Technical Credits

Diz Heller   Liner Notes
Jesse Reuben Wilson   Cover Design
Min-Su Kim   Contributor
Guy Tourville   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Suk-Ho Yi   Contributor
Ute Entwistle   Layout Concept

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