Communion by Park Jiha; Bancamp Link: Communion
Number 48 in the Wire Magazine (@thewiremagazine) Top 50 Releases of 2018.
Along with For by Kate NV, Communion is one of the more pleasant surprises of Wire Magazine’s Top 50.
Park Jiha is a Korean musician whose primary instruments are piri (double reed bamboo flute), saenghwang (mouth organ) & yanggeum (hammered dulcimer). She is joined on this entirely acoustic endeavor by woodwind player Kim Oki, vibraphonist John Bell, and percussionist Kang Tekhyun.
The pieces have a super intimate feel, influences for the compositions seem to come primarily from Western contemporary and classical music, despite the unusual instrumentation.
It is a sort of chamber music, though it often sounds like it might have been recorded outside or in nature.
Park Jiha is an incredibly expressive player and a gifted technician on all the instruments she plays. Her piri playing, particularly for me as a woodwind player, is truly inspirational and moving.
It’s a really beautiful album.
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