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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ensemble Sinawi in Korea Festival in ASEAN

Ensemble SINAWI presents an original from of traditional music that combines the earthy essence of Korean folk music, shaman style of improvisation and pansori (an epic chant registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage)., mixed together with contemporary jazz.

The group seeks to break new ground with the integration of such genres as jazz, dance, theatre nd media art, to extend its communication with various contemporary artists. The boundless diversity and exuberance of the musicians can be offbeat and oddly familiar at the same time, somehow striking a primal chord within the audience.

On Korea Festival in ASEAN, this group colaborated with a local musician from Indonesia Fafan Iskandar (a violinist) combined SINAWI, modernized pansori and another Korean traditional music.

Photo credit : MM

찬비가 Song of Cold Rain :
This piece is based on a well-known poem, Han-wwo-ga, written by Im Je (1549 - 1587), a poet of the Joseon Dynasty era of noble ambitions. Rebellious toward the authoritarian Confucianism of the times, he was also a romanticist who would often recite poetry. While Han-woo-ga is about a dancing girl - Han Woo, Chan-bee-ga seeks to describe Im Je's feeling of love as a cold rain.

Voyage of Time :
This work represents a contemporary interpretation of sinawi. It is deeply moving and takes audiences on a journey into the past times.
The sense of delightful meeting and sorrowful parting from the past seems to remain throughout the ages.

Arirang : 
Arirang, Milyang Arirang, Jindo Arirang.

Eclipse :
The deeper the night, the more the cold moon slips in the darkness as the music reaches a peak of its fruitfulness.
The ajaeng plays the main melody, in contrast to the 25-string gayageum that creates and underscores the ajaeng melody. It also features a combination of two traditional rhythms of Korean origin. The two contrasting elements combine to form something which is neither one nor the other.

Mt. Booyong (Boyoungsan) :
This work was inspired by the poetry of Gidong PARK, who laid his sister to rest at Mt. Booyong, which is located in the southern region of the Korean Peninsula. It expresses the sense of mourning and grief that comes from the loss of a family member.

Dancing Moonlight :
This piece is highlighted by an improvisation of contrast and balance related to the moon's various phases: sharpness and calmness, fullness and moderation of its illumination.

Joy - Samulnori for Percussion and Piano :
This performance features a special collaboration with the piano - Western music's most representative instrument.

Rhapsody of East Sea :
In line with the musical definition of rhapsody (composition with an irregular form), this work's improvisation is meant to convey a sense of joyfulness and festivity. Based on the rhythms of the shaman rituals of the east coast area of Korea, it reinterprets the shaman beliefs, rituals and legends into a new musical language.

What is Sinawi ?

Sinawi is a form of instrumental Korean music that is rooted in the ancient shamanic traditions of Korea.
Performed by an ensemble, it would accompany the rituals performed by a shaman or mudang.
The term sinawi is also synonymous with musical improvisation based on rhythmic and melodic devices - the key characteristic of this genre.
This type of collective improvisation is what you might expect from a modern-day jazz group. Instead of taking turns to play solos, any performer can jump in at any time to add to the music conversation. It opens with slow, instrospective improvisation, and then gradually builds in pace and intensity, finally reaching
an exuberant climax.

A traditional sinawi ensemble adopts the composition of Sam-hyeon-yuk-gak : two double-reed oboes (piri), two-string fiddle (haegeum), large bamboo transverse flute (daegeum), hourglass-drum (janggu), and large drum (buk). However, nowadays it is performed by groups of varying numbers and instruments.
and often, vocals are also a part of a sinawi performance.

If you want to know about Sinawi (a traditional form), you can check on this link :
Sinawi :

부산국악방송 개국 기념공연"부산, 국악을 품다" - 시나위

Sinawi Music of Korea - Piri-Sinawi

The vocalist sings melodic lyrics without particular meaning, which is meant to captive the audience with the unique charm of a vivid contrast between the pinched nasal keening of the double-reed piri and the full-throated sounds of the vocalist.

This  is my first experience to listen the fusion sinawi like this, and this performance will be enriched my knowledge about Korean music.
I know this genre is now easy to be listened. But I'm sure people will get know more about another genre of Korean music instead of K-Pop.

Ensemble SINAWI had been performed in Jakarta as part of Korea Festival in ASEAN event held by Korea Foundation and supported by Korean Cultural Center in Indonesia and The Korean Embassy in Indonesia.

Video 1 Credit by : 클래식 동영상 카페
Video 2 and 3 Credit by : MBC NANJANG

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