Woojae Park is best known in Europe for his beautiful collaborations with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – he created the music for Fractus V, which played at Sadlers Wells and toured worldwide. In a rave review, The Guardian described the music as 'a marvellous braid of sound, fusing Middle Eastern influences to a wildly ecstatic pitch - as a fierce expression of unity, it resonates across the work'. His main instrument is the geomungo, the stunning bowed instrument that powers the playing of other bands who have featured in the K-Music programme, like Jambinai and Geomungo Factory.
For this concert, which has been specially created for K-Music 2017, he is joined by two of the other creative voices that joined him in Fractus V. Japanese drummer Shogo Yoshii was a member of the legendary taiko ensemble Kodo, and has toured with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for many years. British Indian composer and sarod player Soumik Datta was featured earlier this year in his own Channel 4 series – Soumik’s concerts bridge the world of Indian classical and contemporary music. His artistic hallmarks are his collaborations with other artists: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Manu Delago, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Talvin Singh, to name just a few.
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