Black String

Black String - 2019 VFMF

Black String creates a unique musical language that draws on Korean traditional music, jazz, and free improvisation. The group features Yoon Jeong Heo (geomungo), Jean Oh (electric guitar), Aram Lee (daegeum, yanggeum), and Min Wang Hwang (ajaeng, janggu). Together, they grasp audiences’ senses with amplified bursts of the geomungo and Korean bamboo flutes, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, and unpredictable jazz guitar melodies.

Black String formed in 2011 as part of UK Connection, a government-sponsored Korea-UK cultural exchange program. Since then, Black String has performed at WOMEX 2016, London Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, and many more world-renowned events.

In addition to performing with Black String, Heo has held solo recitals since 1998 and has performed in Korea, Germany, France, the UK, the US, and many other countries. Heo has broadened her musical spectrum by collaborating with prominent artists like Stephan Micus. She has performed at Rudolstadt World Music Festival in Germany (2009), WOMEX opening concert in Copenhagen (2010), and the UN’s International Telematic Music Concert for Peace (2010). From 2007 to 2008, Heo spent six months in New York after being selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as a resident artist for the Asian Cultural Council. She joined three jazz musicians during her tenure to form The Tori Ensemble.

Black String - Chil Chae

BLACK STRING performs the song “CHIL CHAE”