Tanemotion is a Korean genre-crossover band featuring a mix traditional Korean musical instruments and modern instruments. The band’s name “Tanemotion” is a composite, meaning Tan+emotion. “Tan” is a Korean word similar to “play”, especially used in playing traditional strings.
Tanemotion’s sound features jazz, pansori and Korean roots. Since 2010, they have played at rock, jazz and world music festivals.
Lineup: Yonrimog on keyboards; Sojin Kim on vocals and guitar; Seulji Kim on ajeng; So yeop Kim on piri, saenghwang (mouth organ) and taepyeongso (shawm); Hoduhk Suh on drums; and HyunSoo Kim on bass.
Kwon Soon Kang is a leading vocalist in traditional and
contemporary music in Korea. She has dedicated herself to performing and
perfecting both Korean traditional court vocal music (jeongga) and contemporary
She has performed widely throughout Korea and abroad,
working with many composers, dancers and theater companies, ensembles and
orchestras, including the National Orchestra, the Seoul Metropolitan
Traditional Orchestra, the Kim Duksoo Samulnori Group, and the Nan Kye
Kwon Soon Kang has also appeared in performances directed by
international art directors Ong Keng Sen, Jinhi Kim, and Chen Shi-Zeng, working
with traditional and contemporary artists from around the world.
Ms. Kang released her first jeongga album, Sounds of Heaven,
in 2004, and recorded with the Kim Duksoo Samulnori Group. She has also
received prizes at the Dong-A Competition and the Seoul Traditional Music
Festival sponsored by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).
Yoon Jeong Heo, the leader of Tori Ensemble, is an enthusiastic
soloist who cuts across various musical genres, expanding the possibilities of
geomungo and Korean music. Heo graduated from the National High School of
Korean Traditional Music and received her B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National
In 1984, Yoon Jeong Heo initiated her study of geomungo
sanjo, with the Living National Treasure Han Gap Duk, obtaining the significant
master title “yisuja.”
Heo served as the deputy concertmaster of the Seoul
Metropolitan Korean Music Orchestra from 1990 to 1994. She has performed with
the German artist Stephan Micus, the San José Chamber Orchestra, and toured
Europe, the US, China, and Japan. She was awarded a Ministry of Culture prize
in 2008 in the field of Korean traditional music, as well as a fellowship from
the Asian Cultural Council.
Baraji is a Korean band known for its mystical shows featuring folkloric music, singing, dancing and costumes. Baraji presents exceptional improvisation.
In traditional Korean music, Sinawi, the word Baraji is often used to describe improvised singing in harmony. Baraji’s performances derive from a Korean shamanic tradition known as Jindo Ssitgim Gut. This ceremony is used to cleanse the spirit of a deceased person. Since ancient times, there is a Korean belief that when somebody dies, their body cannot enter the world of the dead because of the impurity of their spirit. The Ssitgim Gut washes away this impurity.
In 2018, the lineup included Han Seung-seok, Artistic Director; Kim Byung-keuk, Sound Director; Kang Min-su on percussion; Kim Tae-young on percussion; Cho Soung-jae on ajaeng; Jeong Kwang-yoon on daegeum; Kim Yul-hee on vocals; Oh Young-bin on piri; Kim Min-young on gayageum; and Won Na-kyungdlal ek on haegeum.
Specializing in Korean double-reed wind instruments
including piri, taepyeongso, and jangsaenap, Lee Hye Joong is a promising new
performer in the Korean traditional performance arts, orchestral music, and
folk music scenes. She endeavors to develop her own performance style through
her diverse experiences.
Through the interplay of percussion and wind instruments,
she aspires to create yet another approach and to expand her presence in the world
Hyun Seunghun is a Korean traditional Percussionist, leader of the Hyun Seunghun Korean Traditional Performance Arts Company, North Jeolla Province Intangible Cultural Asset No. 7-2 Jeongeup Nongak Ambassador, and Samulnori Hanullim Senior Member.
His major works include True Colors of Korean Traditional Performance Arts (연희본색), Homage to Samulnori, Samul the Special, and LIGHT:BEAT (빛:BEAT). Selected every year as essential arts enterprises, his works have been recognized for their artistic value several times.
He continues to improve his craft while reinterpreting Korea’s traditional performance arts in a modern way.
Korean percussionist Kim So Ra has played the hourglass-shaped, two-headed drum known as janggu since she was a child. In high school she became a leading prize-winner at folk festivals and cultural competitions, going on to eventually to achieve her Master of Korean Music degree in 2012. Since then she has been taking groundbreaking steps to modernize perceptions within traditional Korean music.
Her 2013 visit to Chicago to collaborate with musicians of diverse backgrounds was fundamental. She named the project ‘The Modernization and Globalization of the Janggu’, returning the following year for the Janggu Rhythm Connection project.
In Korea, she formed the first all-female traditional arts performance group, Norikkot, as well as the electronic/ traditional fusion band, nuMori. In her performances, she explores new rhythmic concepts with traditional Korean instruments.
The fundamental basis of Dulsori’s creative work is through various Korean percussion instruments. Since the beginning of Dulsori this group has tried many different kinds of performances based on the traditional rhythms of Korea. As a result, Dulsori has developed unique performances and interactive programs which encourage audience members to take part in the performances.
Dulsori believes in creating a sense of community and understands the existence and importance of communal values in every culture. Dulsori’s performances and interactive programs attempt to build harmony and unity between the audience members and performers, thereby forming a sense of harmony.
Dulsori (literally wild beat) was formed in 1984 and primarily aims to rekindle the spirit of ancient festival sharing the inner-energy through the art form that can enrich our life. “Festival is the place where everyone’s energy mingles together creating a sense of pleasure in a collective manner. Dulsori can never reach this dream alone and that’s why we always invite the audience to join the show.
The fundamental basis of our creative work is a Korean percussion play. Since the beginning of Dulsori, we have tried many different kinds of performances based on the traditional rhythm of Korea. As a result, we have developed unique performances and interactive programs. We believe that creating a sense of community is important in any cultures.
Our performances and interactive programs attempt to build harmony and unity of community among the audience members and performers.
Our energetic and passionate team has staged hundreds of international performances and toured Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Africa and across Europe. We also conduct workshops, classes and camps on Korean traditional arts and are open to all age groups.”
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.
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