Creating some of the most innovative sounds in East Asia’s underground scene, Jambinai are an award-winning post-rock/world music hybrid act that was formed in Seoul, South Korea in 2009 by guitarist and piri (oboe) player Ilwoo Lee, haegum (a fiddle-like instrument) player Bomi Kim, and geomungo (zither) player Eun Young Sim.
Ushering Korean traditional music into the 21st century, Jambinai’s stunning sonic compositions mix mesmerizing sounds from the past with elements of folk, metal, and electronic music. In September 2010, Jambinai issued its first recording, an eponymous three-song EP, through the highly-respected Korean hardcore label GMC Records. In the summer of 2011, the band was invited to play at the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, one of South Korea’s largest music festivals. And in November of that year, they came in second place winning the “Jury Prize” at the EBS Hello Rookie Final – an award show created to highlight South Korea’s top young bands.
Their latest album A Hermitage was released by Bella Union on June 17th 2016 and received great reviews all around, 4* in Q and Uncut and rising stars in Mojo. With the success of “a Hermitage” in mind, Bella Union will release their debut album “Différance” on February 24, 2017. This album was released in Korea only and sold by the band at shows but now will get the proper release it deserves.
Music this rousing and beautiful, rising and subsiding in epic fashion, will doubtless trigger a flood of images, might recall an abyss, or the apocalypse, but Jambinai also represent a positive force, resisting the old ways and reinventing the future. This came into the international spotlight when they were among the chosen artists to participate in the closing ceremony of the Olympic winter games in PyeongChang. Their performance of the song “Time for Extinction” made a lasting impact among the hundreds of millions of viewers of the event. Come join their thrilling adventure.
“thrilling, unexpected and perfectly controlled,” and “atmospheric pieces with bursts of furious energy, with constant changes of mood and volume.” – The Guardian
“This two-girl-one-boy trio go at Korean folk instruments and rock guitar/drums with a post-punk gusto, summoning a brutalist cacophony that is leavened by passages of exquisite tranquility and post-rock progression.” – Q (****)
“A Hermitage retains their dark mixture of beauty, whiplash-fast changes in volume and spellbinding intensity.”- MOJO