Hwang, Byungki / Best Of Korean Gayageum Music, The
Album:Best Of Korean Gayageum Music, The Collection:World
Artist:Hwang, Byungki Added:Aug 2007
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-03-30 Pull Date:2008-06-01 Charts:Reggae/World
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Recent Airplay
1.Mar 05, 2009:World Series Champions
Hamadan 1, Hamadan 2
4.Apr 29, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
2.May 19, 2008:Emphysema For Emphasis
Darha Nopigom 3, Darha Nopigom 2
5.Apr 22, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Sigyetap 1
3.May 13, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Sigyetap 1
6.Apr 21, 2008:Emphysema For Emphasis
Darha Nopigom 3, Darha Nopigom 2, Darha Nopigom 1

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-03-19 
BYUNGKI HWANG: Best of Korean Gayageum Music
Arc, 2007

Traditional Korean music by one of its foremost modern composers, mostly gentle works focusing on the 12- or 17-string gayageum zither. Although Hwang composed all of the music here, he performs on the first 12 tracks only. This CD is a series of suites, which can be played whole or as individual tracks. Very nice stuff.

All nice. Fo’s Picks: 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 20, 22

1-5: 17-string zither with minimal accents from janggu drum, lots of interesting meters (esp. #3). Each track is a little faster than the last.

6-9: quietly emotive and mysterious zither & drum; a very deliberate, steady pace & some cool string techniques; #9 has harplike sound.

10-12: 12-string zither & drum, an exotic sound: 10 has weeping quality, 11 is direct & melodic, 12 is speedy and spinning.

13: solo bamboo flute: lyrical, then stark w/ extended technique, spoken break.

14-17: earthy 6-string picked zither & drum, stern and dramatic. 15 a bit bluesy.

18: very sad folksong with female vocal, full of long swooping tones; lovely

19-21: suite based on two poems about tea. 19 is a short, lively instrumental. 20 & 21 are slow with pretty female vocals.

22: vocal song, very expressive, with impressive range from the singer

[ Fo ] 19-Mar-08

Track Listing
1.Darha Nopigom 1 12.Hamadan 3
2.Darha Nopigom 2 13.Jasi
3.Darha Nopigom 3 14.Nakdoeum 1
4.Darha Nopigom 4 15.Nakdoeum 2
5.Darha Nopigom 5 16.Nakdoeum 3
6.Sigyetap 1 17.Nakdoeum 4
7.Sigyetap 2 18.Moon Of My Hometown
8.Sigyetap 3 19.Chahyangije 1
9.Sigyetap 4 20.Chahyangije 2
10.Hamadan 1 21.Chahyangije 3
11.Hamadan 2 22.Chucheonsa