Korean Post-Rock Band ‘Jambinai’ Visits LA to Showcase the Fusion of Rock and Korean Traditional Music


South Korean post-rock band Jambinai is to visit Los Angeles in May to perform their music, which is distinguished by a unique crossover of rock and Korean traditional music.

Jambinai, formed in Seoul in 2009, has been spotlighted for the past few years for its unprecedented take on music. Last year, the band was invited to internationally renowned music festivals like Glastonbury, Hell Fest, and SXSW.

British music magazine The Quietus even named Jambinai’s second studio album, “A Hermitage,” as the fifteenth best album in their list of 100 Albums of the Year. Previously in 2015, the band has become the first Korean musicians to sign a contract with British record label Bella Union.

Jambinai is comprised of three members who majored in Korean instruments at Korea National University of Arts. Kim Bo-mi and Sim Eun-yong play string instruments – haegeum and geomungo respectively – while Lee Il-woo plays wind instruments piri and taepyeongso, as well as electric guitar.

“We want to interact with many who don’t listen to Korean traditional music,” says Lee Il-woo.

Their upcoming Los Angeles concert on May 19 will be held at Echoplex located in Echo Park. For more information, visit this page.


Original article by Oh Soo-yeon
Translated by Heewon Kim