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'Sarangbang on-air' showing unique takes on traditional Korean music Updated: 2021-03-06 12:13:31 KST

Korea's Gugak, is now considered more energetic and exciting thanks to unique performers presenting original songs rooted in traditional melodies.
The National Gugak Center has come up with a special weekly program for March.
Our Kim Bo-kyoung tells us more.
It might be traditional music, but the sounds of Project NAL rather seem creative and fresh.
Their show kicked off the National Gugak Center's 'Sarangbang on-air', which plans to present a unique performance of traditional Korean music gugak every Thursday in March.
The performances can be seen live, or watched on the center's YouTube and Naver TV channels.
"'Sarangbang on-air' is an online performance for viewers who cannot come to the site. We have prepared shows by well-known performers so that even those who watch their first show will find Gugak interesting."
Lots of people think traditional Korean music performers wear Hanbok and sing to slow-paced rhythms.
However Lee Hee-moon the leader of Project NAL performed an energetic show in a dress and high heels to entertain fans of traditional Korean music.
A modular synthesizer and drum kit combined with a traditional Korean janggu drum to add dynamism to a local folksong.
He says the ability to combine different genres and come up with a unique style is the main reason why more people these days are getting into traditional music in the first place.
"Fundamentally music comes through combining various countries' folk music or their rhythms and styles. Given music's history, Lee Hee-moon's attempt is ground-breaking but at the same time natural."
"Lots of performers who are doing experimental traditional music are taking off hanbok and showing their own characteristics. I think I am getting more attention because I am showing my femininity when I am a guy. Though some people might not like it, I believe showing my honest self can give energy to our viewers."
"Because we prepared performers who present trendy shows combining Korean traditional music and other genres some who are even well-known globally I believe lots of people could enjoy it."
Sangjaru, known as the 'Korean Gypsies' are the next performers in line followed by Baek Dasom who presents modern music using traditional Korean instruments like the Daegeum, Sogeum and Danso. To finish the program, Chudahye Chagis will combine traditional music with funk and hip-hop to deliver refined melodies.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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