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

Junyi Chow · Seungmin Cha A Traveler’s Portrait (2018)

A Traveler’s Portrait · Junyi Chow · Seungmin Cha A Traveler’s Portrait

℗ 2018 Meii Enterprises / Released on: 2018-01-15

“A Traveler’s Portrait” explores links between soundscape and expression featuring Seungmin Cha on Daegum and JunYi Chow on Piano and Cello. Two composer performers shall exchange musical ideas and create an experimental dialogue that crosses the boundaries between traditional and contemporary, silence and noise, preconception and innovation.

“A Traveler’s Portrait”

  1. A Traveler’s Portrait (Daegum & Piano – 5’40”)
  2. Longing (Daegum & Piano – 8’40”)
  3. Shadow/Shade (Daegum & Cello – 8’16”)
  4. Illuminate (Daegum & Cello – 6’35”)
  5. Swing, Swing (Daegum & Piano – 9’40”)  


Seungmin Cha 

Emerging as one of the most influential experimental Daegeum (Korean transverse bamboo flute) artists, Seungmin Cha was trained in traditional music and its discourse. 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. 

JunYi Chow

Malaysia-born New York-based Composer, Multi-instrumentalist and Improviser. Chow’s music has been lauded by Financial Times for its “skilful contrasts in both volume and texture”. His interest in music explores the indefinite possibilities of tone colour and sound, in featuring a mixed musical style based on classical contemporary music, Chinese tunes, Gamelan music, minimalism, and popular music, amongst other influences.

Eye gate (2017) : World Premiere

Eye Gate live video Full length ver.

Eye Gate live video Short length ver.

My first Daegeum solo project ‘Eye Gate’ has finally premiered on December 6th – 7th in 2017. Collaborated with visual artist Seonguk Lee.

Eye gate (눈문, Augentor, Augatora) is an entrance or a window for eyes to see beyond. Act of looking out, starting with gazing on things outside of the ‘gate’ which in turn becomes an observation, provokes a question and even ventures into an abyss. Seungmin Cha and Sunguk Lee’s ‘Eye Gate’ started questioning a possibility of two different forms of media to have an equal status; then, it gazes, contemplates, and observes beyond the ‘gate’ and discovers relationships among the beings it encounters that are projected and mutually responsive. Finally, the discovery becomes a visual and an aural presentation as a piece.
– Seungmin Cha : Daegeum player, composer working with poetry, illustrator, and web-cartoonist. She creates works using various medium to share her stories.
– Seonguk Lee : He directs video work for performance and music. Working with various artists, he continues to expand his artistic boundary.
  Seungmin Cha : Co-director, Planning, Composition, Performance
  Seounguk Lee : Co-director, Visual Art
  Translated by Taehun Lee
Supported by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Arts Council Korea

차승민 x 이성욱 ‘눈문(Eye Gate)’
2017. 12.6 – 7 초연
홍대 왓에버홀
눈문(Augentor, Augatora, eye gate)은 눈으로 내다보기 위해 만든 입구 또는 창문이다.
‘門’ 밖의 것들에 대한 응시에서 시작되어 관찰로 이어지는 내다보는 행위는 질문‘問’을 일으키고 심연으로까지 밀려난다.
매체 사이의 수평적 관계가 가능한 것인가에 대한 질문에서 시작한 차승민 x 이성욱의 ‘눈문(eye gate)’은 문(眼, 窓, 門, 問) 너머로 응시, 관조, 관찰하여 서로 투영되고 반응하는 사이존재의 관계를 청각과 시각의 차원으로 치환한다.

차승민 : 대금연주자이자 시詩로 음악을 만드는 작곡자, 동시에 일러스트레이터이자 인터넷만화가이다. 매체를 넘나들며 자신의 이야기를 녹인 작업을 하고 있다.
이성욱 : 공연과 음악에 관한 영상을 연출한다. 다양한 공연 예술가와 협업하며 작업을 확장 중이다.
차승민 : 공동연출, 기획, 작곡, 연주
이성욱 : 공동연출, 영상
그래픽 디자인 : 김종완
주최, 주관 : 차승민
후원 : 한국문화예술위원회, 서울특별시, 서울문화재단

Daegeum Sanjo(2015 & 2010)

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.