baudouin de jaer
digipack CD + 12 page booklet (french/english)
Gayageum Sanjo, compositions for 12-string Gayageum, Prelude, 5 sanjo and 10 studies
According to legend and to recent archeological digs, the Gayageum is a millennial zither-like instrument featured in all Korean traditional repertoires.
Sanjo is usually translated as 'scattered melodies.'
This style of music was informed by southwestern shamanic music (Sinawi) and the great epic songs (Pansori) from the same region. Melodies were improvised at first, then codified in the mid-19th century. Since then, they have evolved through lines of transmission (Ryu) from masters to pupils. Jacques-Yves Le Docte, Korean traditional music expert
Each and every 34 pieces carries its own unique musical color sparking brightly with its distinctive luster just like a precious jewel. I think his Gayageum CD is something like a set of 34 pieces of jewels threaded onto a string. His Gayageum music opens up a unprecedented world of Gayageum music to us and each piece is as much attractive and musically tasty as other pieces. I could not help but feeling for more music listening to the 34th track, the last piece of this CD.
Mr Hwang Byungki - Gayageum Composer and Performer
Artistic director of the The National Orchestra of Korea
Baudouin de Jaer
Composer, violonist, Baudouin de Jaer studied composition with Philippe Boesmans, Henri Pousseur, Frederic Rzewski and at McGill University (Montréal) with Bruce Mather. He composes for the Korean instruments Daegeum, Haegeum, Gayageum and Geomungo, and for orchestras of Korean traditional instruments.
In 2010 he resolved the enigmatic music system of Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli and released a CD called 'The Heavenly Ladder' on the Sub Rosa label (SR312).
In 2010, Baudouin de Jaer was awarded a prize from the National Gugak Center for his Gayageum compositions.