Sooeun Kwak

Sooeun Kwak

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La-On G is a Gayageum Ensemble consists of 7 Gayageum perfomers who are formerly students of Kwak’s. Their music delivers the delicate, elegant and enchanting sounds by 25 stringed acoustic Gayageum.

Biography

*Title: Sooeun Kwak & The Gayageum Ensemble La_On G
*Director: Sooen Kwak

La-On G is a Gayageum Ensemble consists of 7 Gayageum perfomers who are formerly students of Kwak’s. Kwak and La_On G had a debut performance at Seoul Arts Centre in 2008 under the title of Remembrance of Greenland.
La-On G means ‘Pleasant’ in Korean and G encompasses of Gayageum, Green and Generation. Kwak and the Ensemble’s music deliver the delicate, elegant and enchanting sounds by 25 stringed acoustic Gayageum and she does avoid following tendency of mixing with electronic instruments which is often described as ‘Fusion’. The repertoire of the performance consists of Kwak’s own composition from her solo album “The Scenery with the Gayageum” and newly composed pieces. She has rearranged all the pieces of the music for her ensemble accompanied by hand chimes and percussion.
Kwak and the Ensemble’s outstanding performance technique is one thing, but also employing modern and urban sensibility that attract many younger as well as overseas audiences.

Kwak, as the leader of Ensemble, she focuses on building up a great harmonization with other Gayageum players by developing melodies and rhythms on top of harmonies.

-Sooeun Kwak & the Gayageum Ensemble La-On G was selected as ‘Young Sound’ at Chamber Music Festival by Arts Council Korea in 2010.

Discography

-Sooeun Kwak newly composed album for 25 string Gayageum ,, 2008
-Compilation album for 21st Century Korean Music Project Awards, 2007
-Sooeum Kwak Gayageum Solo VOL.2 , 2005
-Sooeun Kwak Gayageum Solo VOL.1 , 1996

Set List

1. Dream of a butterfly (25string Gayageum Solo) :11Min
2. The Scenary with Gayageum (25string gayageum+Daegeum) : 5min 30sec
3. Drawing water from a well at dawn (25string gayageum+handchime) : 6min 30sec
4. Akrobatos (25string gayageum+percussion) 5min 40sec
5. A Variation on 'WOOJO Garak dodeuri' (25string gayageum solo) : 6min
6. Moon-light (25string gayageum + Cello) : 6min 10sec
7. Driving rapidly with 25 strings (25string+percussion) : 7min 20sec

Total running time: 50min