11.11, 6:00 pm
The Wrocław Philharmonic Concert Hall

Heo Yoon-Jeong — geomungo
Aram Lee — daegum
Marcin Oleś — contrabass
Bartłomiej Oleś — drums



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Heo Yoon-Jeong, Aram Lee, Oleś Brothers: The PREMIERE of a composition commissioned by the Festival
Artist photos
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Heo Yoon-Jeong — geomungo
Aram Lee — daegum
Marcin Oleś — contrabass
Bartłomiej Oleś — drums

Aram Lee and Heo Yoon-Jeong, the musicians who perform art rooted in traditional Korean music, together with Oleś Brothers, the leading Polish jazzmen, create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. On the Jazztopad festival the audience will hear the outcome of an undoubtedly unique cooperation between the extremely creative artists — the Oleś Brothers together with Heo Yoon-Jeong and Aram Lee — who will play music that was born out of the artistic cross-fertilization. The musicians from the Far East play the traditional Korean instruments that were created over a dozen centuries ago — geomungo is a type of zither, and daegum a kind of transverse flute. This is undoubtedly a unique project because it breaks down the boundaries between the distant musical cultures and languages.

Heo Yoon-Jeong, an outstanding geomungo artist associated with the Tori Ensemble and the Sangsang Ensemble, successfully combines native art with the influences of contemporary and avant-garde music. She received a thorough education in Korean traditional music at universities in Seoul. She is also an academic teacher. She has performed with such artists as the composer Stephan Micus, and such groups as the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra. For many years she served as the concertmaster of the Seoul Metropolitan Korean Music Orchestra. Her achievements have been recognized when she was awarded the elite Asian Cultural Council scholarship.

As the best rhythmic section in Poland — “the rhythmic dream team” (“JazzZeitung”) — Marcin Oleś and Bartłomiej Oleś are called “the greatest treasure of Polish 21st century jazz” (“Dziennik”). Both the first, contrabassist, and the second, who plays the drums, in addition to jazz studied in the “classical” classes of the Academies of Music. The brothers are inclined to conclude that while at times they are closer to jazz, and at times to chamber or contemporary music, they are always the closest to improvised music. In addition to appearing in chamber ensembles, they often share the stage with world-class jazz stars, such as Kenny Werner, David Murray, Erik Friedlander, Ken Vandermark, Chris Speed and William Parker. Moreover, they devote themselves to composing, also for theater and film, and creating original music projects.

Musicians from South Korea will conduct traditional Korean music workshops. There will also be a panel discussion, to which we invite all those who are interested in jazz and the traditional music of Korea.

Heo Yoon-Yeong Audio