cropped-soso-cha7.jpgphoto by Inu Nah

Emerging as one of the most influential experimental Daegeum(Korean transverse bamboo flute) artists, Seungmin Cha was trained in traditional music and its discourse. A graduate of the School of Music at Seoul National University, Ms. Cha has developed her career as a solo Daegeum artist, the director of her music ensemble Shiro as well as composer. She is performing both solo and in bands as part of the indie music scene of Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood. Her performances incorporate traditional (jeongga and minyo), indie, experimental elements. You can see the evolution of Gugak (Korean traditional music) through her as a traditional music performer, who is at the same time, a contemporary composer and independent musician in the underground scene. She received a prestigious Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2016 and stayed in NYC for 6 months with ACC’s support.

  2019 Seungmin Cha Solo album release showcase, Saenggi studio, Korea
  2017 Seungmin Cha x Seonguk Lee – Eye Gate, Whatever Hall, Korea
  2016 Seungmin Cha x Yeonkeong Oh duo – SOSOJUDAM , Theater Veloso, Korea
  2015 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ – Alleyway Fantasy2 – Around a street corner, Theater Veloso, Korea
  2014 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ – Alleyway Fantasy, Theater Veloso, Korea
  2013 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ – Sumuk Garden, Changwoo theater, Korea
  2011 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ – What flower wants to say, Changwoo theater, Korea
  2010 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ – Jiyong and Sowol, LIG Art center, Korea
  2009 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ – Sing with Poems, Changwoo theater, Korea

  2013 Music Exhibition
  – No.9 – These are the Things that I Threw Away but Couldn’t Bear to Do So
  part 1 : Memories of broken heart(Oct.26th 10am-6pm @ Museum of Art, Seoul National Univ.)
  part 2 : Mourning and Separation(Nov.23rd 10am-6pm @ Museum of Art, Seoul National Univ.)

  2019 Seungmin Cha solo : Nuunmuun
  2018 Junyi Chow & Seungmin Cha : A traveler’s Portrait
  2017 Seungmin Cha x Yeonkyeong Oh duo : SOSOJUDAM
  2016 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ 3rd : Alleyway Fantasy-Around a street corner
  2015 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ 2nd : Alleyway Fantasy
  2011 Seungmin Cha project ‘Shiro’ 1st : What flower wants to say

  2005 B.A. Korean Music Department of Seoul National University
  1998 Korean Traditional Music National High School
  1995 Korean Traditional Music National Middle School
  study under Kyuil Hwang, Sambum Choi, Inwan Hwang

  2017 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Artist-in-Residence, NYC
  2011 Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation program, Artist-in-Residence, NYC
  2010 Korea Arts Management Service program, Artist-in-Residence, NYC

featuring work : HAEDONG SEOUNGGUK

Great to feature as a Daegeum DOSA on Haedong’s tune below. 🙂


℗ 2017 동양표준음향사 / Released on: 2017-12-07


Haedong Seoungguk – Daegeum Dosa (D.K. Huru Mix) [Tonal Unity]

The traditional and the contemporary meet on the latest 12″ from South Korean label Tonal Unity. Continuing the label’s appreciation of organic and meditative sounds, experimental percussionist Haedong has enlisted some of Seoul’s most talented musicians to explore early music and ritual ceremony over two original tracks, while on the flip Antinote regular D.K.provides two hypnotic reinterpretations for the dance floor.

℗ 2019 Tonal Unity / Released on: 2019-12-10


Seungmin Cha – Nuunmuun LP⁣

A steady point of focus⁣
A meditative state⁣
An abstract energy⁣
A perpetual flow⁣
A new perspective⁣

This is an album about consciousness expanding toward awareness of self. Focusing on a single point for long enough that you dive into it and come out on the other side, tapping yourself on the shoulder from behind. Think of it as circumnavigating your reality and washing up on a foreign shore that is familiar, yet entirely new. That has been this artist’s voyage as she made her way through her musical evolution, and this record is that foreign shore.⁣

We are proud to present Seungmin Cha’s first solo release “Nuunmuun”, which translates to “Eye Gate”. Step through the portal and into the parallel universe of this singular artist.⁣


Pre-order available via Bandcamp & Chez Emile records





Upcoming Events


Oct. 11. fri – Nuunmuun album showcase



Jul.28. sun – TOKKIKO CEREMONY 190728



Apr. 13. – Infinity fSM Ⅱ



Feb.16. sat – modular seoul 003





Nov.29th : Nuunmuun @ Mudaeryuk (special guest: Minkyoung Bae)



Oct. 11th : Nuunmuun PAMS showcase


Dec. 20th : Sosojudam


Dec. 6 – 7th : Eye Gate / World premiere


Oct. 1st : The last performance in NYC / Solo


Sep. 23rd : The Shade of Green in Light


Hope to see you all!


photo by Sunguk Lee

I’m currently residence in NYC as a research fellow of Asian Cultural Council. Hope I could spread out to you.

Spreading Out

Seok-nam Jang
Spreading out
As magnolia flowers spread out and disappear
Summer Comes
You spread out to me
And become me
Again I spread out to you
Spreading out.
Is the only way to live
The flowers spread out and become fruit.
Summer spreads out and turns into autumn.
Spreading out
Music spreads out and becomes a paint
Life spreads out and becomes death
And the death spreads out
Again and shines light on this life
And again, evening spreads out and
Becomes night
Spreading out
To spread out is to love
A cottage at the skirts of the mountain spreads out
And becomes a spring butterfly that flies by

sosojudam [Dark Moon] MV

Seungmin Cha x Yeonkyeong Oh [SOSOJUDAM] ‘Dark Moon’ (Feat. Minhee Park) MV
Poem: Seoknam Jang
Compositoin: Seungmin Cha
Vocal: Minhee Park
Daegeum: Seungmin Cha
Gayageum: Yeonkyeong Oh
M/V Staff
Director: Seonguk Lee
Director of Photography: Jimin Lee
Camera Assistant: Jiho Byun
Editor: Seonguk Lee
Cast: Minhee Park, Hyoungjun Jo