Contemporary / North East Asian

Dasom Baek: “Nothingness”

by Rupert Bottenberg

There’s certainly something to the daegeum loops of South Korea’s Dasom Baek.

Leader of the avant-traditional ensemble Geori, Baek released her first solo album in August. Dedicated to discovering new paths for antiquated Korean music, the Seoul-based composer and performer is a specialist in woodwind instruments. Among them is the daegeum, a large transversal flute, which she breathes life into in this performance of the title track from Nothingness. Her contemporary approach to the instrument, looping fleeting phrases into a sort of storytelling without words, has a haunting, moonlit character that’s hard to shake.

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