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Korean Cultural Center New York presents avant-rock band Jambinai in partnership with Brooklyn Bowl and Outer Ear Projects

"Young Korean Trio's elegant, energetic fusion style was thrilling, unexpected and perfectly controlled" - The Guardian

Published on June 16, 2019

Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY), a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, is proud to present experimental post-rock band Jambinai on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm at the Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY), ranked the #1 busiest club in NYC (Pollstar) and boasting a sound system that “no other local rock club can offer” (The New York Times). This performance is presented in association with Brooklyn Bowl and Outer Ear Projects.

Jambinai sound less like a band than a force of nature, fusing the full dramatic range of post-rock dynamics to Korean folk roots to create an exhilarating, vivid and unique range of sounds. Their instrumental music is coloured by Bomi Kim’s fiddle-like haegeum, Ilwoo Lee’s guitar and piri (a Korean flute made of bamboo) and Eun Youg Sim’s geomungo, a Korean zither.

“Traditional Korean tones and rhythms are a big part of what makes Jambinai sound so refreshing to listeners new to those sounds, but it’s their energy and inventiveness that make them one of the most exciting rising bands in the realm of avant rock.” – Beverly Bryan, Noisey

The founding members met studying traditional music at Korea’s National University of Arts, and found they were united by a desire to present such music in a new way, “to communicate with the ordinary person who doesn’t listen to Korean traditional music,” says Ilwoo Lee, the band’s principal writer. This makeover, eschews previous Korean modernists, who Lee says have used western classical music or jazz, for a molten fusion of metal, rock and experimental sound. Jambinai’s sound is influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath and Metallica, but with definite deep roots in the Korean traditional.

With hundreds of shows under their belt, Jambinai has been reaching audiences all over the world at performances and international festivals including SXSW (US), Glastonbury (UK), Primavera (Spain), WOMAD, and more. In 2018, they closed the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. This March, they have played at SXSW at the Korea Spotlight showcase and will be playing both weekends of Coachella in April.

Ilwoo Lee (Guitar/Piri/Taepyeongso/Saenghwang)
Bomi Kim (Haegeum)
Eunyoung Sim (Geomungo)
B.K. Yu (Bass)
Jaehyuk Choi (Drum)

SOURCE Korean Cultural Center New York