A Southbank Centre takeover pushing gayageum to its limits
Kyungso Park is a composer who plays the zither-like gayageum and who freely breaks down the borders between traditional and contemporary music. K-Music 2016 saw her collaborating with British saxophonist, Andy Sheppard in ‘an engrossing improvisational encounter.’ (The Guardian)
- ‘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 Music Daily)
She returns with her new band, SB Circle, combining jazz, electronic and traditional Korean music with fellow established musicians Shin Hyunpil (saxophone, keys), Seo Young-do (bass) and Christian Moran (drums) in a myriad of folk, improvisation and filmic music. Their paths now flow and meld in their debut release Topology.
The night opens with a British debut of female gayageum trio Hey String, pushing beyond the limitations of traditional performance in a full force of interplaying melodies and rhythms to create enthralling soundscapes.