New compositions for ancient Korean instrument: the Geomungo. Follow up to the high acclaimed Compositions For Geomungo and Gayageum (2012).
Baudouin de Jaer tells. his large hands stir the air, drawing soft and assured lines, they connect distant planets and micro-particles in a space that does not exist yet. There is the encounter with the Geomungo. a traditional Korean instrument, the geomungo is an ancient table zither, an improbable association of wood and tense strings, with sounds in turn soft, brutal, limpid, rough, mute, and light. It is the voice that imposes itself and guides us through the worlds.
Baudouin de Jaer takes us irresistibly, back and forth, from the deepest of oneself to the universality of life.
Composer, violonist, Baudouin de Jaer studied composition with Philippe Boesmans, Henri Pousseur
, Frederic Rzewski
and at McGill University (Montréal) with Bruce Mather. Works performed by the following ensembles: Synonymes, Besides, Arditti, Quadro, Stream, Ear Unit, Musiques Nouvelles, Orchestre de Mulhouse, National Korean Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Timf Seoul Ensemble, Korean Project, Ensemble 21, Ensemble 88. In 2010 he resolved the enigmatic music system of Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli
and released a CD called The Heavenly Ladder
on Sub Rosa
. In 2010, Baudouin de Jaer was awarded a prize from the National Gugak Center for his Gayageum compositions.