Janya: Janya (2011)
Janya's music speaks of communion with the Divine, however defined. It is seminal and fecund, humid with birth and catharsis. "Epilogue" is a complex of rhythms and temperaments jettisoned by Lola Danza's at once soaring cry and plaintive whisper, punctuated by Eun Sun Jung's plucked gayageum. "No Escape" adds Seungmin Cha's whispering and panting daegeum, a bamboo wind instrument instrument whose sound is akin to that of a didgeridoo.
Collectively, what this amounts to is the World Music equivalent of free jazz without the chaos. This is emotive and spiritual music of praise, recognition and gratitude, rendered in a hyper-organic fashion. The listening experience is not as foreign as it could be. Whether an expert on shamanic ritual or not, this music can be recognized for what it is: a tradition being carried forward and therefore preserved. We are nothing if we know not from where we come.
Track Listing: Epilogue; No Escape; Withered New; Generations New; Mother; Epic- Subawu; Janya.
Personnel: Lola Danza: voice; Eun Sun Jung: gayageum (traditional Korean string instrument); Woonjung Sim: janggo (percussion); Seungmin Cha: daegeum (transverse bamboo flute).
Record Label: Evolver
Style: Modern Jazz