Han Chung Eun Band

Han Chung Eun is a renouned bamboo flute player who’s also a member of the KBS Traditional Music Orchestra. We often refer to a person who is competent in many areas as Jack of all trades. Well, Han is just that. He is the young Da Vinci of Korea, for he has friends in literary circles, pop music, art, jazz, and film, and incorporates the knowledge and experiences gained through his personal network in his music. As a result, his music has a depth and breadth unusual for a Korean traditional musician. His musical aspiration was born during his teen years, when he heard daegeum on the radio, and was captivated by the sound. He went on to major in daegeum at the Gukak National High School, where he used his people skills to expand his circle of friends and learn about many different disciplines. His friends included some pop musicians, leading him to play his daegeum with pianists and jazz musicians.

The combination of east and west won him acclaim from the audience and that’s when he became interested in fusion music. Since then he had played in Seulgidoong, a long-standing group of young traditional musicians, and fusion rock band Eurasia’s Morning. He also played the main title piece of the award-winning film director Kim Ki-duk’s debut film “Crocodile,” and took part in the original soundtracks of films such as “War of the Arrows,” “Beyond the Years,” and “Portrait of a Beauty.”

He has partnered up with such world-renowned artists as Bobby McFerrin, Matin Taylor, Ulf Wakenius, Inger Marie, Kunihiko Ryo, and the Swedish a cappella group, the Real Group. [+]