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Asia Scholars

The Korea-based Asian Scholars is a jazz band featuring hitschiriki (a traditional Korean instrument), piano, drums, guitar, and Korean percussions. Basing on traditional Korean music but not limited to it, the Asian Scholars is dedicated to exploring the unique sound combinations of “Korean jazz hitschiriki” and “four percussions” (four traditional Korean instruments: large gong, small gong, talking drum, and cylindrical drum) in its original compositions. Blending Korean music with the elements of jazz, pop, and folk, the band successfully brings the traditional Korean instruments beyond their natural limitations. The result is an array of fabulous musical performances which are both old and new, Eastern and Western.