Stereolux president seeks to deliver Korean conventional music to famend French competition

Stereolux president seeks to deliver Korean conventional music to famend French competition


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Stereolux President Laurent Mareschal, proper, poses throughout a session held to debate worldwide, cultural and creative exchanges between the French metropolis of Nantes and Pohang in North Gyeongsang Province at Pohang Metropolis Corridor, Nov. 10. Courtesy of Pohang Metropolis

Laurent Mareschal reveals his love for ‘geomungo’

By Pyo Kyung-min

Sitting within the coronary heart of the western French metropolis of Nantes, Stereolux is a vibrant cultural hub that pulls roughly 160,000 guests yearly. To reside as much as Stereolux’s fame, Laurent Mareschal, its president, has been touring the world searching for modern artwork kinds to introduce in his hometown.

This time, he has set his sights on conventional Korean music, looking for artists who can be a part of the famend Les Nefs Nantes competition subsequent yr. The occasion can be held in collaboration with the Korean tradition competition Printemps Coreen (Korean Spring), and is scheduled to happen at Les Machines de l’Ile, Nantes. The Printemps Coreen can be led by E’ Joung-ju, a participant of the geomungo, a Korean conventional six-string zither.

The president is in search of artists with the flexibility to create Korean conventional music with a contemporary twist. On this manner, he believes he can get nearer to attaining his targets of fostering the inventive endeavors of artists, showcasing the outcomes to the general public and presenting Nantes with a spectrum of artwork as assorted as potential.

“Our occasion options many concert events introducing world music,” Mareschal harassed throughout an interview with The Korea Occasions on the newspaper’s headquarters in central Seoul, Nov. 9. “I’m keen to usher in music from a non-European area and I’m looking out for artists who create music that could be a conventional but trendy reinterpretation of Korean conventional music.”

Mareschal has a motive for prioritizing Korean conventional music over Ok-pop, a globally standard style represented by outstanding stars like BTS and BLACKPINK.

“I admire conventional music and devices as a result of they provide a novel vitality,” he defined. “Whether or not it is conventional or completely trendy, computer-generated music, I lean in the direction of sounds that I am not accustomed to.”

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A scene from the Printemps Coreen competition at Les Machines de l’Ile, Nantes. Screenshot from Stereolux’s official web site

He’s notably within the geomungo, which dates again to the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 B.C.-A.D. 668).

“I initially thought it was a stringed instrument, but it surely additionally has percussive qualities,” he stated. “It is intriguing how the instrument can convey a way of rhythm and beat whereas expressing melody on the similar time.”

The president additionally underscored {that a} single style shouldn’t outline a rustic’s music.

“Ok-pop is gaining immense reputation worldwide, whether or not within the U.S. or Europe, and I need to convey to folks that Korean music extends past Ok-pop, encompassing a wealthy selection,” he famous.

Opened in 2011, Stereolux homes two efficiency halls and a single exhibition area. It’s dedicated to nurturing rising expertise, and among the many younger artists it helps, about one in three is a Nantes native.

Requested in regards to the worth of artwork, Mareschal underlined that its position is extra than simply offering new vitality.

“It is not nearly infusing freshness or vitality into my day by day life,” the president emphasised. “I consider life itself is incomplete with out artwork, including an intriguing dimension to our existence.”

Mareschal additionally talked in regards to the profound connection between human beings and artwork. “Wherever we go, whether or not in Korea or France, we could observe individuals striving to boost the fantastic thing about even essentially the most important facets of their lives. The inseparability of people and artwork dates again to prehistoric instances,” he stated.

“I believe individuals can dream via artwork, whether or not it is Ok-pop, conventional music or perhaps a portray. By means of artwork, people can anticipate the longer term, fostering hope and the flexibility to dream about one thing.”


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