Traditional Korean Music, Plus Jazz

The band Black String. (Photo via QNS)

Black String, a band that combines traditional Korean music with American jazz, chanting and improvisation is slated to perform at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.

The Seoul-based band was founded in 2011 in the UK as part of a cultural exchange program between England and Korea and made its debut the following year, reports QNS.

Members are Yoon-Jeong Heo, a virtusoso geomungo (six-stringed zither) player; electric jazz guitarist Jean Oh; daegeum (bamboo flute) player Aram Lee; and Min Wang Hwang, who rocks the janggu, a slim waist drum with two heads made from animal skin. (Its two heads can produce varied pitches and timbre that represent harmony between the sexes when played together.)

The result is a multi-layered harmonic collision of modes and rhythms at the intersection of East and West. At times eerie. At times taut. Always based in deep, percussive tones with improvisational riffs.

Go to QNS to learn more about other programming planned at Flushing Town Hall in connection with this year’s Lunar New Year.

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