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Christopher Hale with Minyoung Woo (Australia / South Korea) ‘Ritual Diamonds’
Sat 19th August, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$25 - $30
Bass guitarist Christopher Hale grew up playing Brazilian music and Flamenco, Hale has always involved himself deeply in musical traditions, bringing the essence of these styles into his own unique vision for jazz and improvisation.
Following a chance encounter in 2011, he fell in love with traditional Korean drumming and has since been performing and studying in Korea, learning the Korean rhythm system called hohup, a breathing and movement method at the heart of Korean drumming’s power and flow.
As part of his 2012 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, he collaborated with Minyoung Woo, a virtuoso drummer/percussionist/composer from Seoul, who has mastered the demanding repertoire style of samulnori as well the mysterious and powerful drumming of the shaman music of the Eastern seaboard. Along with an expansive improvisational skill and nimble rhythmic intelligence, Woo’s open mind and musical curiosity have made her the most innovative traditional Korean drummer of her generation.
Hale and Woo have been collaborating since 2012, and have developed a common language, drawing on ancient shaman drumming, original rhythmic structures and improvisation. The result is a mode of rhythm that reaches deep into the underlying processes of jazz and Korean music to create a new music unique to this friendship.
This concert presents the debut of Ritual Diamonds, a new suite of music that is mysterious, complex and beautiful. It brings together leading improvising musicians from across Australia, featuring Christopher Hale (acoustic bass guitar, percussion), Minyoung Woo (janggu – a Korean double-headed hourglass drum, gongs, percussion), Perth-based Jamie Oehlers (tenor saxophone), Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Andrea Keller (piano), and Sydney-based Simon Barker (drums, percussion), with Tinkler and Barker having toured internationally in 2011 and 2012 with Chiri, with Korean Pansori vocalist Bae Il Dong.
Book through the Melbourne Recital Centre
Hale is recognized as “one of the most unique and respected musicians in Australia” (Glam Adelaide) and an “Australian jazz heavyweight and a brilliant, groundbreaking composer” (Rhythms Magazine).