WOMEX 13 Official Showcase Selection
The name translates as: a rhythmic space, a pause for breath. Respiration is essential in music, especially in traditional Korean music. Sometimes a soft sigh, sometimes a gasp, and sometimes a silent holding of breath. For [su:m], music is a way to express the essence of living and the duo has been telling stories in the language of music since it was formed in 2007. The two musicians, Ji Ha Park and Jungmin Seo, compose and perform their own compositions on traditional Korean instruments like the piri, saenghwang, yanggeum and gayageum, with the aim of exposing them to the pervasive dynamic influence of modern existence. Lyrical and reflective passages grow into flurrying swirls of sound, form insistent rhythmic patterns evoking the breathless pace of urban living, and return to the inner space to pause and breathe again.