Geomungo-Factory

Geomungo-Factory

 Seoul, Seoul, KOR
BandWorldFolk

"It might be world music, avant garde or heavy metal — but whatever you call it, it is original, powerful and thrilling. And certainly like nothing you have ever heard before."
- Simon Broughton -

"Geomungo Factory Sounds like nothing else."
-Alexander Varty -

Biography

What makes Korea so special is the way it respects its distinctive past, while staying at the cutting edge of technology and innovation and if theres one group that sums that up in music, its Geomungo Factory (which is pronounced Ko-mungo Factory).

The geomungo zither is over a thousand years old and you won't find an instrument like it anywhere else in the world. It has six silk strings and is played by hitting and plucking them with a short stick, giving it a deep, muscular sound, both rhythmic and melodic. Geomungo Factory have also created new instrument the Xylophone geomungo, the cello geomungo and the electric geomungo with a wah-wah pedal. Like Konono No. 1 from Congo and Hanggai from Mongolia, Geomungo Factory sound ancient and contemporary at the same time.

Geomungo Facoty includes three geomungo players, Yoo Mi-young, Jung Ein-ryoung and Lee Jung-seok, who are all traditional players, plus Kim Sun-a, who plays gayageum, the plucked zither with 18 or more strings, which is more commonly heard in Korea than the geomungo.

"Most people think traditional music is boring", they say,
"so we want to make geomungo music that we can share with people and is fun."

<2014 TOUR HISTORY>

2014 7 / Calgary Folk Music Festival (Alberta, Canada) 
2014 7 / Vancouver Folk Music Festival(BC, Canada)
2014 7 / Winnipeg Folk Festival(Manitoba, Canada)
2014 7 / Sunfest World Music Festival (Ontario, Canada)
2014 6 / OFFest (Skopje,Macedonia)
2014 6 / Clandestino Festival (Gothenburg,Sweden)
2014 3 / 2nd Album <IMAGO> released Concert (Seoul, Korea)

<2013 TOUR HISTORY>

2013 07 / Amsterdam Roots Festival (Netherlands)
2013 07 / Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
2013 06 / Sommarscen Malmo Festival (Sweden)
2013 06 / K-MUSIC FESTIVAL in Cadogan Hall (London, UK) 

< 2012~>

2012 12 / Mercado Cultural (Columbia) 
201210 / WOMEX Official Showcase (Greece)
2012 10-11 / Germany, UK and 7 Europe nation tour
2012 11 / Jazz to Pad (Poland)
2011 10 / Jounrney to Korea Music in PAMS (Seoul, Korea) 
2010 10 / Performing Arts Market PAMS Choice (Seoul, Korea)
2010 10 / Wulsan World Music Festival Official Showcase (Wulsan, Korea)
2010 12 / Mercado Cultural Official Showcase (Brazil)
2010 12 / Residency in 6 cities (Brazil)

Lyrics

L'Oiseau Bleu(Blue Bird)

Written By: YOO MI YOUNG

Lyrics:

Bird, bird, blue bird, don’t sit on the mung bean field.
If their flowers fall, the mung bean curd peddler leaves crying, bird, bird, blue bird.
Bird, bird, blue bird, where are you going?
Ah, wandering for a resting place, you exhaust yourself to sleep.
Bird, bird, blue bird, ah, you wander yourself to sleep.
Bird, bird, blue bird, don’t sit on the mung bean field.
If their flowers fall, the mung bean curd peddler leaves crying.

The Dream Journey of Tyltyl and Mytyl

This dreamy and mysterious track was born in Ibirataia, Brazil. Once performed with a young Brazilian musician Igor Caracas, this piece demonstrates the band’s growth and maturity. It is based on two stories. One is the traditional Korean folk song Blue Bird Song, the other is the French fairy tale The Blue Bird, about the journey of two kids, Tyltyl and Mytyl. Backed up by the geomungo bass, a steel-stringed gayageum and a steel-stringed geomungo portray the journey of the brother and sister in search of the blue bird while free-style rhythms are played on cajón.

Discography

Latest Discography

[2nd Album IMAGO -2014/March/ Distribution C&L Music]

Credit

All music Composed, performed by Geomungo Factory

Lee Jeong-Seok, Yoo Mi-Young, Jung Ein-Ryoung, Kim Suna

Produced by Geomungo Factory

Music Producer by Kye Sung-won

Production Director _Lee Sujin

All song Recorded & Mixed In Macho Studio Seoul, Korea

Recording, Mixing, and Mastering_Park Jae-bum a.k.a sirmacho 

Vocal Director_Lee Nakyeum

Photo_Kim Eun-Young

Props Designer _Jang Hyun-Kyu

Translation _ Roh Young-Ju

Design _Yein Media

[Tracks]

001. I'm (Intro)

002. Arias

003. Sunaryoung

004. L'Oiseau Bleu(The Blue Bird)

005. Hwan,yoo

006. Black Bird (Title)

007. Ago (Outro)


[2010 / International Distirbution via Amazon.com, CDBaby, iTunes, eMusic, YesAsia, Spotify, Last.FM, etc. / Metamorphosis!]
Tracks:
-001. Jirirariru
-002. Movement on Silence
-003. Geomungo&Tango
-004. The Starry Night
-005. Dream of the Tree
-006. Sky, Wind, Star and Poem
-007. Groundless Fear
-008. Fly to the Sky
-009. Illang illang
-010. Cycle of the Sound

[2009 / independent distributed /Geomungo-Factory]
-001. Intro: Unforgettable Great Masters of Geomungo Sanjo
-002. Master BAEK Nak-jun school Sanjo (Lee Jeong-seok)
-003. Master KIM Jong-gi school Sanjo (Yu Mi-young)
-004. Master Kim Yun-deok school Geomungo Sanjo (Lee Jae-ha)
-005. Master An Gi-ok school Geomungo Sanjo by Jung-a (ensemble)
-006. Movement on Silence
-007. The Starry Night
-008. Groundless Fear
-009. Fly to the Sky
-010. Outro

[2008 / JIGU record / Unforgettable Great Masters of Geomungo Sanjo]
-001. Master BAEK Nak-jun school Sanjo by Lee Jeong-seok
-002. Master KIM Jong-gi school Sanjo by Yu Mi-young
-003. Master Kim Yun-deok school Geomungo Sanjo by Lee Jae-ha
-004. Master An Gi-ok school Geomungo Sanjo by Jung-a
-005. Master LIM Dong-sik school Geomungo Sanjo
-006. Master LIM Seok-yoon school Geomungo Sanjo

Set List

60-minute-concert

001. Jirirariru

002. Geomungo& Tango

003. Movement on Silence

004. Sunaryoung

005. Fly to the Sky ( To Free Bird)

006. Groundless Fear

007. L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird)

008. Arias

009. Hwan,yoo

010. Black Bird 


45-minute-concert

001. Jirirariru

002. Geomungo& Tango

003. Sunaryoung

004. Groundless Fear

005. L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird)

006. Hwan,yoo

007. Black Bird