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[HanCinema's Event Coverage] Jambinai at the Pirineos Sur Festival

2016/07/27 | Permalink

Hello HanCinema readers! This is Patricia Alcay (aka zgzgirl) with her first ever HanCinema assignment. This is the first of a series, and if you like it, there will most definitely be more. On July 27th I will be representing HanCinema at one of their concerts at the Pirineos Sur Festival in Spain and we have a few surprises for you!

When we think about Korean music, often the first thing that comes to mind is kpop, maybe a hip hop artist, or perhaps one or two of the more popular mellow indie bands. However, the Korean underground musical universe is rich and diverse. One of the most interestings bands one can find in that universe is Jambinai.

Jambinai is often referred as a post-rock band, but that label might fall short in that it fails to take into consideration their combination of sounds and the way they experiment with music. The core of Jambinai is the trio formed by Lee Ilwoo, who plays the electric guitar and the piri (a kind of bamboo flute) ; Sim Eunyoung, who plays geomungo (a kind of zither); and Kim Bomi who plays the haegeum (a two-stringed fiddle-like instrument).

The three friends met during their university studies in traditional music. A few years later they got together and decided to form Jambinai. With their trance-inducing cacophonic melodies that are greatly influenced by the heavy metal and Korean traditional sounds, Jambinai distinguish themselves from other post-rock bands. In their latest album, A Hermitage, they even experiment mixing their distinctive sound with hip hop with the help of Korean rapper Ignito.

It feels like their musical instinct inspires them to keep pushing the boundaries of music to new horizons. However, being an innovator is not easy, and that might explain why the band is busier outside of Korea than in Korea. During an interview for SOAS Radio in 2015, they admitted that even though they would love to perform in rock festivals in Korea, the promoters often think their music is too traditional due to their instrumentation. And yet, when they get to play at more traditional settings, those who get to listen to their music find it too strong for their taste. For those in Europe, you might still have a chance to catch one of their scintillating performances:

For more information about places and dates check their official facebook or twitter accounts.  

(Photography courtesy of Jambinai's Facebook page.)

Written by: Patricia Alcay AKA zgzgirl

Bio: zgzgirl is a crazy blogger, foodie and traveler who loves korean dramas. For the past 5 years, she has been blogging about Kkorean dramas and movies in Spanish and not long ago started telling the world about her adventures ins Japan and Korea on her personal blogs.

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