Seungmin Cha, a Daegeum player, has established one-man band using voice, Daegeum (Korean traditional flute), and spatial effects and loop machine, etc. Within a structure, she utilizes acoustic instrumental playing, layering, and noise making in impromptu manner to consciously reach for unconscious state.
Yongseok Seo School Daegeum Sanjo full length version
Yongseok Seo School Daegeum Sanjo
– performed by Seungmin Cha on Dec.17th, 2015
– accompany Janggo by Woonjung Sim
Sanjo is a genre of folk music based on “heoteun garak (scattered melodies)” which pairs a melodic instrumentalist and a drummer in a virtuosic display of folk music performance mastery. Originally, sanjo was a performance type in which an instrumentalist would improvise within the framework of rhythmic cycles but these days sanjo pieces have become rather fixed in a form that has been cultivated over time. Most contemporary performers of sanjo play pieces faithfully as their teachers played and/or created them. Yet, recently, more and more performers have been creating new sanjo framed by the now-predictable structure of slow-to-fast rhythmic progression. There are many sanjo pieces for each instrument, with each piece associated with a particular master performer. Seo Yong Seok developed his own version of sanjo based on the melodic phrases learned from his teacher Juwan Han (1904-1944). This particular sanjo is known for remaining faithful to pansori characteristics, employing techniques of modulation and transposition for dramatic effect. The rattling effect of the vibrating thin rice paper (cheong) covering one of the holes as air pushes forcefully through the instrument is reminiscent of the sound of wind rushing through bamboo. The entire version of this sanjo lasts about one hour, and we will hear an abbreviated version today.
101217_Daegeum Sanjo @ roulette
Daegeum Sanjo in the Style of Master Seo Yong Seok
Master Seo Yong Seok developed his own version of sanjo based on the melodic phrases learned from his teacher Master Han Ju Hwan. Seok’s entire version takes about an hour to perform and is known for faithfully transferring the melodic characteristics of pansori, employing the great techniques of modulation and transposition which help to create a great dramatic expression that is not found in other versions of daegeum sanjo.
It’s always great to play with wonderful musicians and dancers in NYC!
20170926_Seungmin Cha x Miyoko Satoh
My improvisation set with a healer, singing bawl artist Miyoko Satoh was full of stillness, healing and brightness. It was a real meditation indeed. We were in somewhere beyond somewhere.
20170917_Seungmin Cha x Devin Grey x Henry Fraser
Oh my god, Thank you for being such a bad ass!
Daegeum: Seungmin Cha / Drum: Devin Grey / Bass: Henry Fraser
20170915_Stillness in Queens_Seungmin Cha x JunYi Chow x Karen Y. Chan
Live music improvisation by JunYi Chow and Seungmin Cha
STILLNESS IN QUEENS is an experimental video and sound art performance exploring the beauty and quietude of everyday life in Queens. Audience members are invited to experience the borough in a new way, and an evening of stillness, by engaging in a multi-dimensional dialogue between video and sound. The performance provides an accessible space for deep contemplation on the complexities of Queens within the simplicity of stillness. This event is made possible in part by funding from Queens Council on the Arts.
Thank you Lucid culture for an amazing review of us!!! : https://lucidculture.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/stillness/
20170831_Seungmin Cha @ Soup & Sound
What a night I had. I was so full with great music and wonderful Sundubu Jjigae! Thank you musician friends for sharing your beautiful souls!! Thank you Andrew for organizing, hosting soup and sound!!
20170812_Seungmin Cha x Ami Yamasaki duo
Had a great surreal moment with amazing Ami Yamasaki. Thank you Oren for the wonderful supporting and hospitality all the time. It’s always happy and nice to perform at The Owl Music Parlor! Thank you friends for coming!!
20170810_Seungmin Cha x Marc Hannaford Jam session
How beautiful piano of Marc Hannford!
20170809_Seungmin Cha x Andrew Drury x Tomeka Reid Jam session
Wonderful Andrew Drury(Drum) and Tomeka Reid(Cello)
20170722_Seungmin Cha x Peter Evans Jam session
Great gathering and playing music with Peter Evans.
20170625_Liminality_Like a Buddha
A tune work in progress for my last performance which will be held on Oct. 1st. I’m going to improvise Daegeum on this iron soundscape featured by Alain Kirili who is a sculptor. Original poem is “239th Chorus” Written by Jack Kerouac. Alain Kirili read the poem and made sound by hitting his sculpture. Recording and Sound arrangement by Seungmin Cha
20170623_Seungmin Cha x Devin Grey Jam session
The first improv. session happened in 2011. Such a wonderful reunion after 6 years
CHIEN-HAO CHANG (TAIWAN / DANCE)
KORNKARN RUNGSAWANG (THAILAND / DANCE)
RADY NGET (CAMBODIA / DANCE)
SEUNGMIN CHA (SOUTH KOREA / MUSIC)
@ HB STUDIO
Had wonderful moments with these dancers who are also ACC grantees.
20170530_Seungmin Cha x JunYi Chow Jam Session
Currently working together under the theme of Dialogue.
Upcoming events with JunYi on
July 20th @ The Owl Music Parlor (497 Rogers Ave Brooklyn)
September 15th “Stillness in Queens” @ Flushing Town Hall with JunYi Chow and visual artist Karen Y. Chan
SosoJudam(小小奏談) literally means Le Petit Chose or a trivial conversation. Since Daegeum artist Seungmin Cha and Gayageum artist Yeonkyeong Oh have been performing together since 2009, they’re always trying to merge poetry and music gradually and beautifully. Sosojudam is a deep inner conversation between two different instruments. They communicate, make and perform inspired from the beauty of moon cycle.