Woojae Park, Shogo Yoshii, Soumik Datta
Woojae Park, by exhibiting liberal and innovative music and sound, is an artist who is in the borderland between 'experiment' and 'art'. He has developed his own plectrum and stroke styles and in so doing has expanded the performance boundaries of the geomungo (six-stringed Korean zither instrument).
He has worked with artists from different types of art such as modern choreographers, for example Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and has been in charge of composition and music performance for Fractus V, the newest work choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Soumik Datta is a British Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod - a 19-stringed fretless instrument with a nomadic history spanning ancient Afghanistan, colonial India and modern day global downloads. He also works with other musicians to create fabulous new pieces, bringing his sarod and their instruments to new and wider audiences around the world. Soumik's most recent work is his collaboration with his brother Souvid Datta - an award winning visual journalist and photographer. Together, they traveled across six states of India, shooting and collaborating with over 100 grassroots musicians, many of whom are the last torchbearers of their music.
Shogo Yoshii was a member of the Japanese taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo, having entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2003 and becoming a full member in 2007. Prior to Kodo he travelled throughout the Japanese countryside studying the folksong and tribal music of Japan.
On stage in Kodo, he is featured on Japanese taiko drums, metallic percussion, bamboo flutes, kokyu (Japanese violin) and in dance pieces. In 2010, he joined the musical ensemble "Babel (words)," choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. In the same year, he was a music director and performer in Arte y Solera's flamenco piece, Dojoji. His original composition Sora is used in a textbook for Japanese elementary school students. He is also involved in the choreographer Cherkaoui's performance Noetic and is currently touring with Fractus V, the newest production of Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He performed at the Avignon festival at Palais des papes d'Avignon last year.