1-2 Weeks
All The Noises

NW 80674CD NW 80674CD

"Hyo-shin Na (b. 1959) has written for Western instruments, for traditional Korean instruments and has written music that combines Western and Asian (Korean and Japanese) instruments and ways of playing. Her music for traditional Korean instruments is recognized by both composers and performers in Korea (particularly by the younger generation) as being uniquely innovative. Her writing for combinations of Western and Eastern instruments is unusual in its refusal to compromise the integrity of differing sounds and ideas; she prefers to let them interact, coexist and conflict in the music. 'Ocean/Shore 2' (2003) is one of a series that studies the use of diverse materials and the coexistence, within a piece of music, of various instruments. As in the meeting and interaction of water and land, these instruments can have fundamentally very different characters (piri and violin, or clarinet and cello), yet shouldn't lose their basic nature in the interest of harmony, or even beauty. On first hearing, one might consider 'All the Noises in the World' (2006) to be a piece of traditional Korean music, in which traditionally skilled performers do what they have always done. The musicians produce sounds/noises on something other than their own instrument. Thus, what appears to be a purely Korean piece turns out to be a very complex concept with elements and sensibilities from different cultures. The inspiration and basic musical materials of 'Walking, Walking' (2004) have their origin in a song by the Chilean musician Victor Jara, a central figure in that country's 'new song' movement. 'Walking, Walking' explores aspects and qualities of the act of walking, the rhythm and pace of walking and thinking, the balance of working and idling, and the, at times, meandering, light-hearted quality of walking. 'Ten Thousand Ugly Ink Blots' (2006) is one of the composer's most experimental with regard to the method of composition.'"