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Geomungo Factory

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Building a New Traditional Sound

Combining musical carpentry, performance art and some clever world music/fusion arrangements, Geomungo-Factory embodies the spirit of adventure and innovation found in many of today’s young Kugak performers. The Geomungo is a six-string zither, played with a bamboo dowel called a suldae. Once thought to be a local adaptation of the Chinese Guqin, recent archeological evidence, have conclusively established the Geomungo’s Korean pedigree as far back as the 4th century. As their name suggests, Geomungo-Factory brings this venerable instrument into the 21st century, updating and modifying its structure to create an entire universe of exciting new musical possibilities. Among the Factory’s latest “creations” are the Xylophone Geomungo (played with felted mallets), the Electric Geomungo, a Cello Geomungo (played with a bow, of course) and a streamlined Mini-Geomungo they call “Damhyeongeum,” whose portable size enables the musicians to dance and move about the stage.

The music of Geomungo Factory draws on the centuries-old traditions of Korea’s most noble instrument and boldly translates those traditions into a contemporary, global language. Geomungo-Factory has toured South America, and wowed the attendees at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul - where their fresh take on Korean traditional music delighted audiences everywhere they performed.

Geomungo Factory is:
MiYoung Yu; JeongSeok Lee, EinRyoung Jung, and SunA Kim

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  • Anamon

    Heard them on Cerys' show on the BBC; it sounded beautiful and haunting and fascinating. Definitely a group to check out if they play nearby.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply

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