The final online concert in the Critics’ Choice strand brings us a band who’ve really exploded onto the scene this year.
Critics’ Choice III: Leenalchi
Leenalchi are currently enjoying viral success with the video ‘Feel the Rhythm of Korea’, in collaboration with the Ambiguous Dance Company and the Korean Tourism Organisation, the video on YouTube has been seen over 27 million times.
Deconstructing and re-arranging traditional elements, with inspiration from 80’s new wave that you can’t help but move to, the group boasts four traditional vocalists: Song Hee Kwon, Yu Jin Shin, Yi Ho Ahn and Na Rae Lee, who deliver musical storytelling through solos, choir, rapping and dance. The band also features a drummer Chul Hee Lee and two bassists: Young Gyu Jang and Jung Yeop Jeong.
Bassist Jang’s previous credits include films Gokseong and Train to Busan, as well as being a member of Uhuhboo Project (who performed at K-Music 2013) and SsingSsing who opened the 2018 K-Music Festival to a sold-out crowd.
The performance Leenalchi will present for K-Music Critics’ Choice is about their first album, Sugungga, which is a pansori piece which consists of musical storytelling by a vocalist and a drummer. The performance was recorded at the Yeowoorak Festival hosted by the National Theater of Korea.
‘Leenalchi are a collective who’re really
making waves at the moment.’
Nikki Bedi (BBC Broadcaster)