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.