Lim Dongchang | Piatgo Concerto I

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Piatgo Concerto I

by Lim Dongchang

The sobering sound of Piatgo, the redesigned piano, and the mystique resonance of 38 Shinjongs, huge bronze bells, will lead you to the moment of Zen meditation. You can experience the ultimate harmonics. Physical copies are on Blu-ray 9.1 Auro3D format.
Genre: Classical: Concerto
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Album Notes
When a key is pressed on a piano, a hammer felt hits a wire and creates a sound which is supple and sophisticated and yet flat without any texture. Lim Dongchang wanted a sound that is pure in its form: rough, primitive and three dimensional. He wanted each wire to reverberate with its own sound individually. With this intent, he created the “Piatgo” in collaboration with a piano maker Seo Sangjong. Combining the name “piano” with “Gayatgo,” an antiquated name for a zither like Korean instrument called “Gayageum,” “Piatgo” was born. Piatgo which delivers a primitive string sound of a Gayatgo is a redesigned piano equipped with newly invented action. Striking the steel wire with a hard maple head instead of felt resonates in a sound that is raw and authentic while reducing the striking distance and key dip together create a sound that is pure and bright.

Shinjong is a “Banjja Yugi” bell made in the traditional Korean method by Lee Bong-joo, an artisan of traditional bronzeware designated the “Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 77” **in Korea. Bangjja Yugi is made by combining copper and tin in the ratio of 78 parts to 22 and pounding by hand with hammers. Banjja Yugi bell is known as “Jwajong” or “Kyungjong,” and is used for meditation and religious services. Lim Dongchang calls it “Shinjong” to mean “a bell to meet oneself.” This recording contains the sounds created by 38 Shinjongs.

** The Intangible Cultural Properties are intangible cultural practices of particular importance that the government of South Korea has officially designated for preservation in accordance with the Cultural Property Protection Law.

[Lim Dongchang]
Lim Dongchang had played the piano and composed music throughout his youth with pure and preternatural devotion. He was so fascinated and entranced by the magic of piano that he used to sleep only two hours a day, playing the piano for 16 hours and composing for the rest of hours. In order to experience, through music, the bright and dynamic inspiration pervasively and intensely, he had studied most assiduously the compositional techniques of both the classical and contemporary music. In his relentless quest of music, he also had studied comprehensively the traditional Korean music of the royal court, Jeongak, as well as the traditional folk music, Minsogak.

Lim Dongchang began exploring the essence of music in his childhood. He was a sensitive child who would unconsciously plop on the ground overwhelmed by the beauty of even a tiny flower in the field. Such a question would occur to him, looking a river, as “From where does that water flow?” and he would follow its upstream endlessly seeking the source. He has continued to ask fundamental questions about music with such pure fascination and reverence for the unknowns as that of an innocent child.

He continually had sought to resolve the questions of “How can I play the piano freely?” and “What is ‘my’ music (unique to me)?” Then he came to realize that he should know himself in order to make "his" music. “Who am I?” he then asked, and this was subsequently followed by the question of “What is love?” One day he had an insight that was as revitalizing as a spring shower in the desert. He had his answer.
“Poongryu,” simply he said.

You don't need to do anything,
but just play and enjoy youself.
Let go and flow with life,
and breathe with the wind.
This is Poongryu.

His music breathes with the wind. It enlightens our body and mind to go back to Mother Nature and be immersed in it. It is this immersed power that leads us to look into ourselves.

On this album, you would experience the mystery and bliss when you are in harmony with the nature. You would experience the infinity and beyond from infinitesimal sound. You would experience the magic that your dreams become vivid with the delicate laws of the universe.

Written by Najin
Translated by Karoll Mun, Youngjae Cho, Joy Lee



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