Buddhism has been called the Wandering Lotus because as it traveled from country to country, it adapted itself to each culture. That is why there are such differences in the music and iconography of for example, Japanese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism and in this case, Korean Buddhism.
This is an excerpt from one of three presentations from Korea on WOMEX 2010’s opening night, Be-Being being the last to perform. This video is from their ” Buddhist Project.” For more information on the Ensemble and the Project, click here. The ensemble was certainly adventurous, veering into a New Music sensibility, while retaining the trance-inducing quality of chant.

Visually I found the movements of the two dancers to be appropriately hypnotic; so fluid that they seemed to be in slow motion. That inspired me to play around with some of the toys in iMovie, and I think applying them adds something to the experience that is consistent with the metaphysical nature of the piece. I hope you enjoy it.

One Response to “Sweet Dissonance and Korean Buddhist Chant: Be-Being”

  1. EmiLDS says:

    Hi, do you know what the string instrument they play is called?


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