A double-bill of collaborations in the third online concert of K-music 2020.
K-music Encounters II: Kyungso Park + Soona Park
Kyungso Park is a composer, player and improviser of the gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument that sounds like a cross between a harp, an oud and a theremin. She freely breaks down the borders between traditional and contemporary music and at K-Music 2016 she premiered an exquisite collaboration with British saxophonist, Andy Sheppard – ‘an engrossing improvisational encounter’ (The Guardian). She also participated in K-Music 2018 and again in 2019 with her band, SB Circle.
‘She treated a rapt crowd to a wide swath of music, both cutting-edge original compositions and traditional numbers. As serious and meticulous a composer and player as she is, she’s also a very funny, engaging performer’
New York Daily
Gayageum performer Soona Park’s cultural background informs her colourful musical identity. Her travels and studies mean her music is established in Japan, North and South Korea. The strange yet overwhelming technique that stands out in her performance makes us measure the musical territory she has constantly expanded, touching the hearts of listeners, and is drawing attention for its outstanding performance.
‘The familiar but unfamiliar sound stimulates the curiosity of the audience. Above all, her performance is based on a fast and dynamic sound, and is characterised by flamboyant techniques such as piano playing’
Korea Art TV
K-Music Encounters Special: Jae Il Jung + Soona Park
The K-Music Encounters Special features the multi-instrumentalist and composer Jae Il Jung, the music director of such international hits as Parasite (2019) and Okja (2017). His career began in his teens and he has since become a prolific name in the industry due to his wide-ranging talents.
Jung is joined by gayageum performer Soona Park performing Those Who Crossed the River which was created from the songs: Aprokgang (written by Jo Gi-cheon and composed by Kim Ok-sung), a religious song created in 1949, and Sahyangga (Farewell to My Home), written around 1910.