Korea 2

Lee Gwang Su – 예산족 (藝山族)
Yesanjok / Korean Song and Beat Project
01 . Prologue / 청령 (請靈) / 푸살 / Piano Episode 1
02 . 선고사 (先考祀) (Seongosa)
03 . 뒷불 / Piano Episode 2
04 . 도살풀이 (Dosalpuri)
05 . 영남행군악 (嶺南行軍樂) (Yeongnamheng Gunak)
06 . Arirang (아리랑) / Variation
07 . 자진몰이 bridge / 설장고 (다스름, 굿거리, 덩덕궁) (Seoljanggu)
08 . 부모은중경 (父母恩重經) (Bumo Eunjunggyeong)
09 . 휘모리 bridge / 태평소 / 설장고 (휘모리) / Improvisation
10 . 별달거리 / Ending
The musicians on the recording:
이광수(Lee Kwang-Soo) / 구음,꽹가리,太平簫(voice,korean percussion,Wood-wind)
미연(Miyeon) / Piano,Keyboard
박재천(Park Je-Chun) / Drum,percussion
이영광(Lee Young-Kwang) / 꽹가리,장고,구음(korean percussion,chorus)
손경서(Saun Gyeong-Seo) / 장고,징,구음(korean percussion,chorus)
권지훈(Gwean Ji-Hoon) / 징,장고,구음(korean percussion,chorus)
함주명(Ham Ju-Myung) / 북,장고,구음(korean percussion,chorus)

Lee Gwang Su:
Lee Gwang Su was a member of Samulnori, the neo-traditional percussion group started in 1978 by Kim Duk Su, Kim Yeong Bae, Choi Tae Hyun, and Lee Jong Dae. When Kim Yeong Bae left the group due to personal and musical disagreements with Kim Duk Su, Lee Gwang Su became the lead ggwaenggwari player. One of his major contributions to the group was binari, a sort of blessing or prayer with roots in Buddhism and shamanism. Lee Gwang Su left the group a few years later, basically on the same terms as Kim Yeong Bae.
Kim Duk Soo's music is widely criticized by traditionalists who feel his music does not reflect a true Korean aesthetic (too fast, lacks balance between male/female energy, ignores dance and song, etc.). Also, he just repeats the same material year after year. Lee Gwang Su and the other former members of Samulnori, have all tried to go back to the roots of Korean music while also creating new sounds and creatively expanding Korean music. When you hear Lee Gwang Su play, it's not all that fast, but it's tasteful and perfectly in tune with Korean aesthetics. It's like a super fast, super flashy bluegrass picker (Kim Duk Su) vs. Norman Blake (Lee Gwang Su). Kim Duk Su might be more famous, but among traditional musicians Lee Gwang Su is more respected.

Besides being a master percussionist, he's also a great singer, dancer, teacher, and composer. He's deeply involved in Buddhism and shamanism, which influences all of his work. Those who know him describe him as extremely kind-hearted, intelligent, generous and patient.

A big thank you to iheartu for the music & the words

listen listen listen :)

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