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for ancient Korean music - and more

Das Jeong-Ga-Ak-Hoe-Festival für alte koreanische Musik in der UFA FABRIK aus Seoul erforscht die historische Spielpraxis und versucht, alte Traditionen in die Gegenwart zu transportieren. Das Festival präsentiert Schlüsselwerke der traditionellen Musik Koreas.

KEY VISUAL Jeong-Ga-Ak-Hoe-Festival
KEY VISUAL Jeong-Ga-Ak-Hoe-Festival © JGAH Seoul

The Jeong Ga Ak Hoe [roughly: Music Group of True Song] ensemble from Seoul is the most important NGO of traditional music in Korea and explores historical playing practice as much as it seeks to create a continuation of ancient music into the present and reach out to new audiences.

The festival gives listeners the opportunity to experience some key works of the so-called traditional music of Korea in their entirety and to listen to the sounds, concepts and forms. From a Western perspective, it appears experimental and tonally far removed from Western tonality and smooth sound.

Unlike Western music, only a few works of each genre exist, sometimes only one, but these have been optimized over many generations by scholars and performers of music, philosophy, and government. The personalities behind them, however, mostly remained anonymous.

The program is complemented by two works of recent origin, "Pungryujae" (on Sept. 25) by Yoon Hye Jin, who is one of the few composers in Korea who continues to rethink the ancient concepts, and "Klangfeld 1 for nine Korean instruments" (on Sept. 23) by Erhard Grosskopf, whose processual music, proceeding in layers of time, has always had a surprising affinity with the stoic music of the ancient Korean aristocracy.

For the hearing impaired who have a hearing aid suitable for this purpose, we offer a limited number of induction loops - reservations only at the ufaFabrik Tel. 030 755030

Program on Friday, 23.09.2022:

18:30 Introduction

From 19:30:

1. instrumental suite Jajinhanip

2. "Klangfeld 1 for 9 Korean instruments" by Erhard Grosskopf (UA)

Performed by the ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, Seoul

Instrumental Suite Jajinhanip:

Jajinhanip is a festive palace music. The music is a variation of the accompanying music of gagok (art songs), but worlds away from it in terms of sound and essence.

The special instrumentation with 2 piris (bamboo oboes), daegeum (bamboo transverse flute), haegeum (spit fiddle), janggu and jwago (hourglass and barrel drum) is called Samhyeon Yukgak and can be extended indefinitely into the orchestral. The clarity and power, however, of this minimum instrumentation is at best comparable to the Western string quartet or piano trio.

"Klangfeld 1 for 9 Korean Instruments" by Erhard Grosskopf, world premiere:

Erhard Grosskopf's process music has always, without intending to, shared many characteristics with Korean scholarly and court music, for it does not follow the usual narrative dramaturgy, but is processual and non-individual, which corresponds to Korean music to a surprising degree. The music speaks for itself and moves in a world of predetermined rules. What happens in the various layers, each with its own temporal progression, depends on the tonal and melodic material, which change from one layer to another at certain points - an exchange of information. The microtonality typical of the way Korean instruments are played is shaped by the composition in this piece.

The Jeong-Ga-Ak-Hoe Festival is supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

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