Jiha Park: Communion
LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)
90 York Way
Jiha Park has matured into one of Korea’s great creative artists. First recognised in Britain for her work with SU:M, who were seen at Womad and in K-Music at the Southbank Centre, she plays a range of Korean traditional instruments like the piri (a double-reed bamboo flute).
With the group she’s assembled to play Communion, her work as a composer has really come of age.
'The highlight was a group led by Jiha Park that seamlessly combined traditional Korean and Western instruments. She sang and performed on piri, saenghwang (a kind of mouth organ) and yanggeum (dulcimer) amidst cross-cultural improvisations by New Zealand vibraphonist John Bell and Korean tenor saxophonist KimOki, whose mellow tone recalls Yusef Lateef. It was truly mind-blowing – but don’t just take my word for it, track down the quartet’s debut album Communion' – New Music Box
Part of K-Music 2017