The Korean band perform their groundbreaking post-rock mix of folk, metal, jazz and ambient electronic elements using both traditional and modern instruments.
Born out of a desire to present Korean traditional music in a new and innovative way, Jambinai was formed in Seoul, South Korea, in 2009 by guitarist and piri (oboe) player Ilwoo Lee, haegeum (a fiddle-like instrument) player Bomi Kim, and geomungo (zither) player Eunyong Sim.
With their huge following, they’ve wowed stages at major rock festivals including Glastonbury and SXSW, as well as at Robert Smith’s Meltdown in 2018. Their third Bella Union release Onda came out in June.
Onda is even more dynamic and rhythmic than their previous material, with the permanent addition of Jaehyuk Choi (drums) and B.K Yu (bass), fixtures of Jambinai’s live band since 2017.
Part of K-Music Festival 2019.
thrilling, unexpected and perfectly controlled
Post-punk gusto, summoning a brutalist cacophony that is leavened by passages of exquisite tranquillity and post-rock progression ****
Korea’s Jambinai impressed with their genre-blurring sound, applying traditional folk instruments to eruptive instrumental drone-rock reminiscent of Sonic Youth ****
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