Folk & World

Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park

Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves at a live concert from Near East Quartet and Kyungso Park.

Near East Quartet has been a force in Korean music since 2010, juxtaposing elements of contemporary jazz and traditional Korean music with pure sound exploration to create new forms.

Saxophonist/clarinettist Sungjae Son and guitarist Suwuk Chung have been members from the outset, and the group has been strengthened with the integration of a pansori singer and highly creative drummer Soojin Suh.

The eponymously titled album Near East Quartet will be released through ECM this year and contains five compositions by Sungjae Son and three Korean traditionals. It was recorded in Seoul, and mixed by Manfred Eicher with Nicolas Baillard and album producer Sun Chung.

Kyungso Park is a composer, player and improviser of gayageum, a Korean traditional stringed instrument. She breaks down the borders between traditional and contemporary music through jazz, dance and classical.

Part of K-Music Festival 2018.

The NEQ’s music opened a new epoch of music by combining jazz and Korean traditional music with outstanding creativity
Korean Music Awards on The NEQ
As serious and meticulous a composer and player as she is, she’s also a very funny, engaging performer
New York Music Daily on Kyungso Park

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Purcell Room


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