Korea 3

and it was this CD and the first track ( Farmer's Jazz :) ) that got me deeper and deeper into one of the greatest musics on this planet :)
Sinawi Music of Korea
World Music Library
1. Sinawi Ensemble - Kim Kwangbok/Choe Sanghwa/Choe Taehyon/Kim Mugil/Kang Jongsuk/Im Sukcha/Chang Dokhwa/No Jongak
2. Haegum-Sanjo - Choe Taehyon/Chang Dokhwa
3. Piri-Sinawi - Pak Pomhun/No Jongak/Chang Dokhwa
4. Poong-Mool Nori & Taepyongso Sinawi - Chang Dokhwa/Nam Kimun/jNo Jongak/Pak Pomhun/Kim Kwangbok
Chang Dokhwa (Changgo),
Kang Jongsuk (Kayagum),
Kim Mugil (Ajaeng),
Nam Kimun (Kkwaenggari)
Intense and passionate, sinawi music descends from an ancient shamanic tradition (as does the solo sanjo form, of which there's an example for two-string fiddle here), but improvisation and emotional ardor are its hallmarks today. A powerful recording particularly notable for impassioned vocals (and in one case oboe lead), it's backed by equally fervent fiddles, lutes, zither and percussion.
~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music
Korean sinawi music originally accompanied propitiatory rites presided over by a female shaman, or mudang. The word sinawi is also synonymous with musical improvisation based on various rhythmic and melodic devices--the most important characteristic of this genre. This collection of sinawi-derived pieces, performed by groups of varying size and instrumentation, evokes the otherworldly sonic space of the shamanistic spirit realm. The opening "Sinawi ensemble" contrasts full-throated female vocals with the pinched, nasal keening of the double-reed piri and the two-stringed fiddle haegum, gradually building in speed and intensity. In "Haegum-sanjo," haegum virtuoso Choe Tae-hyon plays like a man possessed, etching jagged melodic flights with exaggerated vibrato and an almost violent bowing technique. "Piri-sinawi" is a brilliant exposition of the timbral peculiarities of the oboe-like piri, conjuring associations as disparate as Scottish bagpipe music and the plunger acrobatics of trombonist "Tricky Sam" Nanton. ~ Dennis Rea
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Sinawi, sometimes spelled Shinawi, is a traditional form of Korean music. It is performed improvisationally by a musical ensemble, and traditionally accompanies the rites of Korean shamanism. The style first emerged in the Chungcheong and Jeolla provinces, but is now widespread. The traditional sinawi ensemble followed the principle of sam-hyeon-yuk-gak (三絃六角), with two flutes, a haegeum, a daegeum, a janggu hourglass-drum, and a large buk drum. However, today other traditional Korean instruments such as the gayageum and geomungo are also often included.
Sinawi is improvisational ensemble music which has its root in the shaman music of the Jeolla province. Musical instrumentations are gayageum (twelve-stringed zither), geomungo (six-stringed zither), haegeum (two-stringed fiddle), ajaeng (bowed zither), piri (bamboo oboe), and daegeum (long transverse bamboo flute). These instruments are performed together or individually with improvisions within particular rhythmic patterns. Although this piece is very much improvisational and all instruments are not in unison, they make incredible harmony in dissonance. Thus, the music of sinawi is often described as `harmonious discord` or `chaotic order`.


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ai,ai Miguel,back and got your gun

Feq'wah said...

Oh! I'm speechless.

Loving it...many many thanks for sharing.

Miguel said...

don't worry...

there is more to come :)