Music is the most precious thing. It surpasses all the borders and boundaries that we humans like to put up. It speaks directly, heart-to-heart, in a troubled world and reminds us of all the things we have in common. Luckily, we found an easy resonance between South Korea and Denmark in this project.
“an exercise in patient restraint that blossoms most beautifully” allaboutjazz.com (US)
“music that combines the European and American musical heritage with the Korean in an outstanding way” Salt Peanut (NO)
“. . . unites Asian and Scandinavian sound in an imaginative, dreamlike way. It is music that cannot be placed in a particular genre and I have not experienced that type of harmonies, melodies and sound before, but as an Asian it is very interesting and I would definitely recommend others to listen to it” The Walker’s (Japan)
“Superb” Nova Express (France)
“a fascinating and forward-looking merging of two sets of instruments, two styles, harmonies and melodies into a new, creative, artistic expression that appears almost obvious, effortlessly and naturally” ivanrod.dk (Denmark)
“Brings the unknown to the known”, “Cinematic”, “Musicians like Westergaard are to be lauded for doing their bit to further international relations through music” – London Jazz News (England)
“the music exudes pleasant warmth” – Jazzthetik (Germany)
Feature korea.net (official web portal of the South Korean government)
‘고리 프로젝트’, 북유럽 감성 입은 한국의 소리 (Korean) – “Collaborative music album combines Korean, Danish sounds” (English)
Coming just after the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and South Korea, The Gori Project brings together 2 renowned traditional South Korean musicians with 3 of Denmark’s most established jazz performers.
Led by Danish bassist & composer Torben Westergaard, the album fuses together two diverse sets of instruments, styles, harmonies & melodies into a new cultural expression.
“I’m fascinated by how we can use music in a wider perspective and in a more mindful way. How creativity and creation springs from the present moment and how to best facilitate that.”
Marking his 13th album as a bandleader, Westergard’s electric bass grooves and atmospheric synth lay the foundation alongside two very different percussionists: the driving jazz-pop-sensibilities of Jacob Andersen and that of Byunggil Choi, traditional Korean music specialist. These three voices underpin the shimmering, filmic lines of Nordic trumpeter René Damsbak and the traditional zither-like gayagum playing from Eunhee Choi.
The result: a deeply intriguing set of music which seems to effortlessly mix and meld the two styles and make it its own.
- Eunhee Choi 최은희 (KR) – gayageum
- Byunggil Choi 최병길 (KR) – Korean percussion, vocal (track 7)
- Jacob Andersen (DK) – percussion
- Torben Westergaard (DK) – bass, keyboard, voice
- René Damsbak (DK) – trumpet and electronics, voice (track 8)
All music by Torben Westergaard,
Except Make No Gap by Byunggil Choi, Eunhee Choi, Jacob Andersen, René Damsbak, and Torben Westergaard
Recorded Sept. 16, 2019, by Timo Mehrländer, Millfactory Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Additional recordings at Myogen Productions, Hvalsø, Denmark
Mixed by Boe Larsen, Millfactory Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mastered by Brian Mørk Hansen, BMH Lydproduktion, Copenhagen, Denmark
Coverart and -design by Bønnelycke MDD
Acknowledgments: Halym Kim (interpreter), JazzDanmark
Label and catalog number: TWMUSIK016
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Released with support from Koda’s Cultural Fund and Danish Conducters Association