These days it feels like Korean pop music seems to be taking over the world, but a group from South Korea is ready to introduce fans in the region to a fresh new sound.
In collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center in the United Arab Emirates, sEODo Band will debut in the Middle East with an online performance at the Arts Center in NYU Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The six-member group, consisting of vocalist Seodo, guitarist Yeon Tae-hee, percussionist Park Jin-byeong, keyboardist Kim Seong-hyun, drummer Yang Jung-hoon and bassist Kim Tae-joo, specialize in a newer genre called Chosun pop.
But what does it actually look like?
“Chosun’s pop is a combination of Joseon (a period of the Korean dynasty) and pop, the unique genre created by sEODo Band. sEODo Band aims to make traditional music a type of popular music that all audiences can enjoy, ”singer Seodo said.
“Based on the stories, rhythms and melodies of traditional music, we intend to present a fresh and unparalleled genre with a blend of pop elements.
He goes on to explain that the group uses already existing musical forms such as pop, blues, jazz and adds traditional Korean instruments to create their unique sounds.
Seodo says that when he was young he majored in pansori, a traditional genre of Korean musical tales performed by a singer and drummer. However, it all came together after he majored in practical music in college, when he discovered how the two could naturally blend and match to form a new, distinct sound.
Fans who tune into the show online will likely hear songs from the recently released sEODo Band EP. Moon: Untangle, which was released in June and consists of five songs showcasing this musical fusion.
“Thanks to the online concert, you can experience all the nuances of sEODo Band – music that [features] From traditional Korean songs to western pop style songs, ”he says.
Although the band are not in Abu Dhabi for an in-person performance, they still appreciate the opportunity to perform for the fans, in the hopes of presenting them with something they have never heard before. .
“I’m so grateful that the UAE audience is interested in Chosun pop, which is a new genre of music,” Seodo said. “For us, we really appreciate our audience appreciating our music.”
sEODo Band will perform on Wednesday November 10 at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets are free but registration is required. More information can be found at www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Update: November 10, 2021, 7:02 am