Ak Dan Gwang Chil
***WOMEX 2019 Official Showcase Artist*** (Learn more HERE)
Winner of 2018 KBS Korean Traditional Music Award: Best Group
A contemporary interpretation of the high spirit of Hwanghae-do (the western provinces of North Korea)
“expressed the sentiment of ‘Han’(grief) that represents Korean traditional sentiment, through classical and popular music genre.” (Hanguk Daily)
“features the most natural traditional music methods in accordance with ‘today’s and ‘contemporary’s taste.” (Korean Central Research Institute)
Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADGC) is a multi-award winning Korean traditional music group, featuring six Korean traditional musicians and three powerhouse female folk singers. ADGC performs repertoire from the sacred, shamanic and secular gut (ritual music) and minyo (folk song) traditions of the Hwanghae-do region, nowadays a western province of North Korea. Their powerful engaging performance will immerse audiences into a spiritual experience and bring blessings of positive energy originating from gut and minyo.
ADGC was organized in 2015, to the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Their music expresses the true meaning of liberation and South Korea’s desire for reunification. They recently won multiple awards including Best Group at the 2018 KBS Korean Traditional Music Award and Sori Frontier Award at the 2017 Jeongju International Sori festival. ADGC has been selected as one of the WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2019 official showcase artists.
Band Members: Hyun Soo Kim (Daeguem); Hyang Hee Lee (Piri & Saenghwang); Hyerim Park (Ajaeng); Meondongmaru Weon (Gayaguem); Hyunjun Chun (Percussian); Jinyoung Sunwoo (Percussian); Chorong Bang (Singer); Hee Rim Wang (Singer); and Minyoung An (Singer)