Friday, February 24, 2012

CD Review: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe and Hyejin Yoon's 'Thinking Being Irresistibly Burnt'

Jeong Ga Ak Hoe and Hyejin Yoon
Thinking Being Irresistibly Burnt

South Korean musicologist, author, and composer, Hyejin Yoon, brings us a fascinating excursion into the light and sound of South Korea's neo-traditional music. The slightly classical tone of the music is related to the types of bells, percussion, wind, and string instruments utilized. The somewhat quirky playing resembles some of the sounds from Southeast Asian (notably, Indonesian) ensembles and temple music from the same region. In any case, the music is theatrical and dramatic with scattered vocals that seemingly mimic the instrumental delivery. Hyejin's work with the ensemble is highly important for the world of music, since anything other than K-pop coming out of South Korea is incredibly rare. Anyone with an interest in Southeast and East Asian neo-traditional music will love Jeong Ga Ak Hoe and its talented composer, Hyejin. ~ Matthew Forss

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