Approach the public with pansori ‘Crossover’
Known as ‘Immortal Song’ and ‘Phantom Singer’ respectively
Before Korean Traditional Music Festival ‘Korea Rhythm Touch’
Pansori singers Lee Bong-geun (40) and Go Young-yeol (30) are familiar to fans of TV music competition programs. Lee Bong-geun won the KBS
Lee Bong-geun said, “I want to make pansori a fashionable song,” and said, “If you try to ‘preserve’ the tradition, it won’t ‘develop’.” “Pansori itself is a popular song that brings together words that were popular at the time. It is the music that most satirizes the present, but it did not develop from the past. Audience time is in front of me, but only the old look is kept, so the public doesn’t want to open it because of the old packaging.
Ko Young-yeol also said, “I think of traditional music that matches the modern era. I want to serve as a springboard for more people to listen to pansori. “It is difficult for modern audiences to appreciate the original music of the Joseon Dynasty as it is. In order to popularize ancient music in the current era, the “current Korean traditional music” must be created. Without it, I fear it will become a genre that will eventually be dismissed as “early music”.
Lee Bong-geun was born in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do, “the hometown of pansori”, and majored in Korean traditional music at the Korea National University of the Arts, but took vocal lessons at an academy popular music without the knowledge of his teachers. He said he listens to more jazz and R&B than traditional Korean music. He also stood on the stage of a Hongdae club as a vocalist of a rock band. He appeared as an actor in the 2020 film
Go Young-yeol is famous for her ‘Piano Byeongchang’, which is pansori while playing the piano. Appear in
During the performance on the 31st of this month, Lee Bong-geun sings “Love Song” from the second month, “I Didn’t Know Before” by Lee Han-cheol and “Hae-yeo-ga” by Seo Tai-ji and Boys. ‘. “Project Band M” prepared Korean fusion music, and “Project Crew M” prepared street dance combining mask dancing. “There is a lot of music that is played with rhythms like playing with friends, so I hope you will enjoy it as a ‘piece’. We have prepared a lot of popular songs arranged in pansori. We are in restoring the ‘Ga of Yi Sun-sin’, which disappeared during the Japanese colonial period, and we will also show you one of them, ‘Desperation and Life’.”
During Koh Young-yeol’s performance on the 1st of next month, you can listen to famous pansori songs such as “Love Song”, “Goodbye Song”, and “Secret Arirang”, as well as Ko Young-yeol’s self-composed songs. yeol “Unachievable”. ‘, ‘Death from Heaven’ and ‘Yellow Light’. By adding the rhythm of foreign folk music to pansori, the audience feels like they are taking a world tour of pansori. “I’m going to show you that traditional Korean music can also blend beautifully with rhythms from other countries. Especially South American music, such as Korea, seems to go out of rhythm and has an exciting beat. In a country with a sad history, you see that kind of rhythm.
Although the two singers are called the representative ‘crossover pansori’ runners, they run towards different goals. Lee Bong-geun said, “I want to become a pansori singer with only one drum and no crossovers.” “I want to make a Lee Bong-geun pansori song. I’m sure I can make any audience in front of me cry with pansori. A crossover borrows the power of another genre to reach a mass audience. When we we performed at Lincoln Center in New York, USA in 2013, a professor from the Juilliard School said, “It’s amazing and unique that Korean music is added to American music.” maybe my own compliment, but it sure hurt my pride.
Koh Young-yeol said, “My goal is to create and sing wonderful traditional music that people around the world enjoy as much as K-pop.” “When BTS’ Suga arranged and sang ‘Daechwita’, there were many reactions overseas who said it was ‘mysterious’. But as a person who makes traditional music, I dream of more than that. I want people around the world to listen to a lot of traditional Korean music beyond K-pop and enjoy it like Mozart or Beethoven.
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