Park Jiha < Park Jiha: Communion >
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Equal parts of Korean folk songs, Western classical music and cool jazz create a contemplative mix to fall in love with
Two hearts come close and brings the sound.
The sound meets air and flows here and there.
I beckon to the sound of my heart that I once left in the flow of time and lay it here in serenity.
＇Communion＇ consoles your soul with an unlikely match of instruments like the yanggeum, piri, Saxophone, vibraphone, and bass. The songs of ＇Communion＇ are powerful and clear, moving the noisy world in a silent way.
... the highlight of my evening was an improvisatory quartet led by Park Jiha that seamlessly combined traditional Korean and Western instruments. It was truly mind blowing. But don’t just take my word for it, track down the quartet’s debut album [Communion] which, as I’d mentioned.
Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox(2017 Classical: NEXT Review), 14 June, 2017
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Park Jiha first gained attention as the leader and producer of the duo 숨[su:m], Jiha played traditional Korean instruments like the piri (double-reed bamboo flute), saenghwang (mouth-blown pipe organ), and the yanggeum (hammered dulcimer).
Jiha formed a new ensemble named Park Jiha. The Seoul-based group’s instrumentation is similar to that of 숨[su:m]’s but adds the saxophone, bass clarinet, double bass and vibraphone.
Park Jiha’s sound is not easy to categorise. The pieces feature cavalcades of notes of crescendo and then fade to a whisper like great post-rock songs. At times Park’s compositions feel as unbound and as improvisatory as free jazz. The dense textures recall ambient electronic music. The first album of Park Jiha, entitled Communion, was released in 2016. This album was selected to be included in the official showcase program for ‘2017 Classical: NEXT’ and ‘2017 WOMEX’.
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