"Classic But Not Classic"
"Care More What to Play"
Seen thoughtlessly, these phrases may sound both quite flat and odd.
But when you give just a little attention to it's content, you'll quickly feel it's the latter side.
Yes, it's odd.
Because for hundred of years classic has been such figure, form, or aspect.
All those sophisticated instruments with sophisticated performances..- 'Sophistication' has been all that the classic music cares about..
This one is odd basically for the 2 reasons.
- Instrumentation :
The instruments used here are not only jazz trio (Piano, Contra bass, Drum)
but quite dangerously korean traditionally instruments combined.
('Gayageum' - Korean lap harp / Haegeum - Korean ulhoo / Piree - Korean reed)
Dangerous, because these korean instruments are really hard to come up with the right pitch.
However, the sound format , when played together, make the oddity into beauty.
- The composition :
Yes, they play all those classic numbers by such masters - Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, etc..
But you can only recognize some of the melodies and rhythms of the originals at the beginning.
By the time you do it, you'll realize you've already been through all the trip where the oddity has been
transformed into fantasy.
The arrangement is rather composition than an arrangement here. - 'Imaginative'.
The performers have to be so alert in order to drag the musical idea in sincere way
that the initial ember naturally add on flame into furnace as the play go on to climax of each tune.