Black String - San Jose Jazz

Black String

Known as the “exciting quartet [that] leaves beaten tracks, inventing an original musical language and crossing stylistic and temporal boundaries with ease” (Le Monde), Black String seeks a new sound that can incorporate a variety of expressions in traditional music.

This new sound is interpreted by artists who embrace traditional music as well as jazz, reflecting both composed and improvised creations. The group features Yoon Jeong Heo (geomungo), Jean Oh (electric guitar), Aram Lee (daegeum, yanggeum) and Min Wang Hwang (ajaeng, janggu), Black String especially focuses on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music and attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom.

The group was founded in 2011 as part of government sponsored Korea-UK cultural exchange program titled “UK Connection.” Black String has performed at WOMEX 2016, London Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, and many more world renowned festivals and venues. As the band performs, amplified bursts of sound of the geomungo (6-stringed zither) and Korean bamboo flutes, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion and unpredictable melody of jazz guitar will grasp all your senses.


Yoon Jeong Heo – geomungo
Jean Oh – guitar, electronics
Aram Lee – daegeum, yanggeum, Tungso, danso, taepyeongso
Min Wang Hwang – vocals, janggu, percussion, taepyeongso

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Photo by Nah Seung Yull