Daorum at the ATrium Part 3 from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Daorum performed at Target Free Thursdays, an exciting series curated by Lincoln Center and presented at the block long David Rubinstein Atrium. As the title states, the admission is gratis, and the night I was there, the house was totally full. It’s a lofty, gracious place to hear music too, comfortable and with excellent sound, overhead projections, a fountain and living green walls.

I knew about Daorum from seeing the wonderful documentary “Intangible Asset Number 82″ in which Australian jazz drummer Simon Barker and Korean traditional musician Kim Dong-Won (as his guide) make the journey to meet Kim Suk Chul, a shaman whose drumming has fascinated Barker enough to make the pilgrimage to meet him. I won’t give away the extraordinary ending of the film (although Barker does, in the second video of this concert.) What is special to me is the insight the film gives into a kind of music whose virtues are alien and inaccessible to most Westerners; it’s a Rosetta Stone of sorts.

The group Daorum grew out of this meeting between Dong-Won and Simon, and with the addition of singer Bae Il Dong, Mat McMahon (piano), Carl Dewhust (guitar),and Phil Slater (trumpet), the band presents a striking meeting of cultures. Free- improv and new music matrices support the sounds of traditional Korean vocals, percussion, and epic tales.

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