Gamin at Spitalfields Festival – programme details

Gamin poster

Next Wednesday’s late-night (9pm) concert at Wilton’s Music Hall, featuring the extraordinary Korean musician Gamin, should be something special. (Book tickets here). Playing piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family) and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument), she is one of Korea’s most distinguished musicians, equally at home in traditional Court Music, (a member of the Contemporary Gukak Orchestra), improvising in New York with free and jazz musicians or creating her own installations including fashion and video-art. After a recent project, Pal-eum (Eight Tones) Yoon Jung-Gang, a renowned music critic, acclaimed that ‘the museum became the place of deep enchantment transcending the time and space.’

Gamin appears virtually unlimited as to the kinds of sounds she can get out of her instrument!Anthony Paul De Ritis (composer, professor, Northeastern University)

On Wednesday 15th in the enchanting setting of Wilton’s Music Hall she will play solo, then with the wonderful Hyelim Kim (daegeum flute) then, in true Club Inégales manner, with Notes Inégales.

Her solo and duo pieces are as follows; and those of you who have been to Club Inégales will know to expect the unexpected-but-amazing when she is joined by the full band.

1. Sangryeongsan, for Piri
“Sangryeongsan” is a piece from the aristocratic music suite Yeongsanhoesang. Originally a vocal piece with lyrics drawing on Buddhist scripture, the suite became purely instrumental in the 15th century.

2. The Stars, for Saenghwang
Inspired by a beautiful painting, composed by Gamin. Here she is, performing it in the Whanki Museum in Buam-dong, Seoul, surrounded by the paintings of the master Kim Whanki. See if you can spot renowned musician Won Il in the audience.

3. Sinawi, for piri & daegeum
Sinawi is an improvisatory ensemble music genre based in shaman ritual. Within this context, sinawi is used to accompany ritual stages and dance (such as salpuri, a dance meant to cleanse a space of noxious energies), and serve as filler during breaks from ritual action.

The King Arthur production earlier in the evening has been sold out for 2 weeks, but there will be a full film of it made. Counter-tenor Iestyn Morris talks about it here…

… and composer / director Peter Wiegold elaborates here:


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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