Artist Profiles: Easternox


Easternox is a Korean world music band, quite different from ordinary Korean music bands that only play chamber music and existing arrangements. Inspired by a wide spectrum of traditional rhythms, the band’s music has been drawing great attention from the fusion and traditional Korean music scene.

By leading the musical evolution of Korea’s traditional music and fusing modern and traditional instruments together, Easternox has opened the door to brand new Korea-born world music and continues to produce energetic performances that people from all around the world can listen to and identify with.

The essence of the traditional Korean arts is recreated for the 21st century. Easternox’s musicians believe that by far the most appealing and creative element of the Korean music are Korean rhythms. The group composes new pieces based on various rhythms of Korean traditional music, such as 6-Chae, 7-Chae, 5-Chae. Taryeong, Hwacheong, Ujilgut, Jwajilgut, etc

The name Easternox is a shortening of Eastern and Equinox symbolizing the oriental nature of our music together with the two days each year when day and night are of equal length. Though balancing the new and the old. east and west, the name of our group nonetheless indicates that our roots are firmly grounded in Korea.

Easternox musicians: Mina Park on daegeum (Korean wind instrument); Noo Ry Lee on keyboards; Young Jin Choi on Korean percussion; and Suk Jin Lee on Korean percussion, composition and drums.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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