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Korean blues to concentrate the mind

This is my favorite music for reading, writing, or just trying to keep stress at bay. Byungki Hwang is the most famous living musician of the gayageum and geomungo, and this is an excellent sampling of compositions for the latter instrument, a 6-string zither which features a deeper and richer tone than the gayageum. There are also some songs that feature the traditional Korean flute/oboe and vocals. For those who are unfamiliar with Korean classical music, the gayageum follows a pentatonic scale and is sometimes accompanied by light percussion. If you want a good sample, try track 12 "Hamadan (3rd Movement)". My favorite part begins at 2:56. The four Nakdoeum movements are covered by Ha Yun-Jeong (허윤정) on her album Ilggomgae-eui Shiseon (일곱개의 시선). Ha Yun-Jeong is also the leader of the excellent Tori Ensemble.

sounds like soul music to me.

The best.


good stuff


Born: 1936 in Seoul, South Korea

Genre: Asia

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Hwang Byung-ki is one of Korea's foremost composers. A master of the twelve string kayagum (zither), Byung-ki has used the ancient instrument to express his modern compositions. Fanfare praised Byung-ki's compositions for being "lyrical, picturesque and meditative". A graduate of the Seoul National University law school, Byung-ki studied traditional Korean music at the National Center for Korean Traditional Peforming Arts. A two time winner of the National Traditional Muic Contest, Byung-ki received...
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