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Seoul Music

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Today, we’re looking at a very talented Korean musician named Luna Lee, who I came across on Andrea Huelsenbeck’s weekly Creative Juice feature. Lee plays a traditional gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean instrument. While the zither-like instrument is historically used for more traditional Korean music, this young artist is turning tradition on its head, using a gayageum to reinterpret popular music. It may sound like it would be weird, but honestly, the effect is nothing short of mesmerizing. Lee’s YouTube channel has had 35 million views, so I’m clearly very late to discover her music, but better late than never.

Though she explores many kinds of popular music, it’s Lee’s rock interpretations that most struck me. She sometimes records multiple tracks and plays all the parts, and sometimes plays along with the original recording, but they’re all fantastic. I was also interested to learn that to play rock music, Lee made alterations to the traditional instrument, lengthening its body and using thinner strings. The resulting instrument gives her more control and makes the instrument a little better suited to Western music.

I really recommend you go check out Luna Lee on her website and on YouTube and Facebook.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Seoul Music

  1. she is very good at what she does. Interesting instrument.

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  2. Never heard of the instrument before but she does make it sound beautiful. Love the beat. I have not listened to all of her ‘You Tubes’ but I have not found one that I don’t like. Wonder how old she is. I also wonder who is the mastermind behind her duets. Amazing. It looks like she is playing some type of keyboard. Hope to learn more about her later — Hal

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  3. I love it when new musicians take great music and give it new meaning (I found a version of Led Zepplin’s Kashmir played on xylophones and glockenspiels and it was just amazing). This version of Riders is just fantastic! 🙂

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  4. How beautiful, and really unique, thanks for introducing me to Luna!

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  5. She’s amazing, and so is her instrument. I had a listen to her rendition of the Doors classic and…it was brilliant. 😀

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