Yang Bang Ean opens a new horizon for Korean traditional music orchestra in partnership with the National Orchestra of Korean.
Yang Bang Ean, the master of crossover who impressed the world by taking on the role of music director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, along with the National Orchestra of Korea opens a new horizon in traditional orchestral music. His signature songs such as ‘Frontier’and ‘Prince of Jeju’ have been arranged and performed frequently as Korean traditional music, but this is the first time Yang Bang Ean composes a Korean traditional orchestra piece.
In the first part, the symphony ‘Arirang Road-Diaspora’, which is commissioned by the National Orchestra of Korea, will be premiered. ‘Diaspora’ is a word that refers to scattered people, and it means the pain of having to leave one’s hometown inevitably. The composer tells the story of the Goryeo people who lived in Russia and were forced to emigrate to Central Asia and so on, and unravel their journey in a symphony with six movements. It is planned to capture the hearts of the audience by unfolding like a painting in front of the eyes of many people who miss their homeland, the despondency and sadness of crossing vast Siberia. In addition, about 70 performers are expected to raise the sound of Korean traditional music to a world-class level by performing rich and colorful performances that have not been heard before.
In the second part, a collaboration with world music musicians will be presented. Together with Jia Peng Fang, who is called the master of erhu, and Oki Jin, a flamenco guitarist who is active in Spain and Asia, he plays the representative repertoire of both languages in a new arrangement. From the solo stage of the collaborators to the chamber music and the orchestra, the audience will experience a new light of our music.