“A most astonishing show musically and immensely entertaining- Ak Dan Gwang Chil from South Korea. WOW!!!” (Bob Boilen, NPR Music)
“The nine-member ensemble presents itself not as earnest traditionalists, but as a giddy show band with all the trappings of K-pop — choreographed singers, candy-colored costumes and bouncy, upbeat, often swinging songs that link the concision of folk tunes to the catchy repetition of pop, with brash cymbals for drive and flute and zither lines for instrumental hooks.” (The New York Times)
“There's a flowering folk-roots revival in South Korea - but no band combines virtuosity, charisma, and pure energy like Ak Dan Gwang Chil” (WFMU)
""a band of outrageously dressed superheroes playing a dynamic amalgam of every perfect dance style ever invented with such an infectious lack of self-restraint that you fear autocratic governments the world over will proscribe them before their citizens can be contaminated. Would that fly?" The good news for Tinseltown is that such a group already exists, they come from Korea and they are called Ak Dan Gwang Chil (or ADG7). You’ll believe this band can fly." (Songlines Magazine)
With one foot in the world of tradition and another in glitzy upbeat pop, ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) is a multi-award winning group featuring three powerhouse female folk singers and a rich repertoire inspired by Korea's sacred, shamanic ritual music (gut) and beloved folk songs (minyo) of Hwanghae Province in the northern reaches of the Peninsula. Their powerful performances engage and immerse like no other, presenting the spiritual blessings and positive energy of traditional music in a thoroughly modern and often comical style.
ADG7 was organized in 2015, the year Korea commemorated its 70th anniversary of national liberation. By reconnecting with and reimaging shared Korean cultural roots, ADG7 expresses the true meaning of liberation and the desire for unification. The group's recognitions include Best Group at the 2018 KBS Korean Traditional Music Awards and the Sori Frontier Award at the 2017 Jeongju International Sori Festival, plus recent performances at WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2019 and globalFEST 2020 as an official artists and upcoming shows as a grantee of Mid Atlantic Tours' 2020-2021 touring roster.
With Special Guest Hannah Epperson
ABOUT HANNAH EPPERSON
With violin, loop pedal, voice and innovative rhythmic improvisations with proximate objects, Hannah weaves uncanny connection with her audiences, taking listeners on exhilarating journeys. As a companion in musical experience, she is powerful yet playful and gentle, often exploring the essential cultural and political matters of our age without ever leaving the miracle of the commonplace or us behind. Hannah Epperson has been called a neo-classical composer and musician, indie folk/rocker and avant-garde pop artist. She’s performed at jazz and electronica, folk, art, new music and rock festivals.
„ … defies the expectations of pop music… The end product is unique, haunting, addictive” – Ted Gioia
„ As a rising millennial artist, her chilling and evocative voice is nothing short of extraordinary.“ – La Blogothèque
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.hannahepperson.ca/
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