Black String & Kathryn Tickell
Black String will open this year’s K-Music 2017, their sound focuses upon improvisation as it is an important part of not just their creative process but traditional Korean music as a whole. The group consists of Yoon Jeong Heo (Geomungo - six-stringed Korean zither), Aram Lee (Daegeum - bamboo transverse flute & Yanggeum - Korean hammered dulcimer), Jean Oh (Jazz guitar) and Min Wang Hwang (vocals, percussion).
Black String were founded in 2011 as part of a Korea-UK cultural exchange programme entitled 'UK Connection' sponsored by the Arts Council Korea, since then the group have enthusiastically developed collaborative projects with UK artists such as Tim Garland, John Turville, Asaf Sirkis and Gwilym Simcock. The band have performed at many world-renowned festivals and venues, in particular, Yoon Jeong Heo (geomungo), the leader of the group has performed numerous times in Korea, Germany, France, the UK, USA and many other countries including musical collaborations with prominent artists like Stephan Micus. She has performed at the Rudolstadt World Music Festival in Germany (2009), WOMEX opening concert in Copenhagen (2010), and the UN’s International Telematic Music Concert for Peace (2010), to name but a few.
Yoonjeong Heo – Geomun-go; Six-string zither
Jean Oh – Elec guitar
Aram Lee – Daegeum, Yanggeum
Minwang Hwang – Vocal, Percussion
2016 – Mask Dance