The Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park
Kyungso Park is a composer, player and improviser of gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument that sounds like a cross between a harp, an oud and a theremin. She freely breaks down the borders between traditional and contemporary music through jazz, dance, classical and more.
'She treated a rapt crowd to a wide swath of music, both cutting-edge original compositions and traditional numbers. As serious and meticulous a composer and player as she is, she's also a very funny, engaging performer' (New York Music Daily)
‘Kyungso Park is a pioneer. Armed with a gayageum, a stringed instrument that lays flat like a zither on a tilted table, she transforms traditional sounds from her native South Korea into contemporary explorations. Listeners are invited for the evocative journey. Part of the joy from listening comes from the joy Park derives from playing. Eyes closed, her eyebrow twinged, fingers pressed down against the strings and fluttering in a full-handed vibrato’(Resonate)