Known for their love of singing and dancing, Korean peoples have managed to maintain both the universe of court music and their dynamic, joyful folk music. These recordings present a rich panorama spanning the diversity of traditional Korean music. Disc one features instrumental music, and disc two focuses on vocal pieces. Produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture in Korea and the Korean Cultural Centre in Paris.
Single label compilations can often be a boring exercise in marketing, but not so here. This is a thoughtful collection of evocative tracks from the Music of the World catalogue and it works very well as its own entity. Invocations'' worldwide viewpoint includes a Kiowa hymn, indigenous and Hispanic music from Peru, the spiritually rich mbira music of Zimbabwe, and Iranian poetic songs. The artists'' roster includes well-known names like Cornel Pewewardy, K. Subramaniam, Trichy Sankaran, Hassan Hakmoun, Dumi Maraire, and Ephat Mujuru; but it''s the surprise of the unknowns that makes this album particularly interesting. Church bells in Peru, the Alliance West Singers, and Jalal & Soheil Zolfonum offer new sounds. This is a well-sequenced collection of ecstatic high points and subtle, spiritual lows. --Louis Gibson
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