SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

3: The Moment

Composed by: Gyewon Byeon (2004)

Pipa and Korean taegum flute.

The composer of 'The Moment', Gyewon Byeon, comments:

"The moment has arrived for East to meet West, tradition to meet modernity, China to meet Korea, wind to meet string, new to meet old. 'The Moment' is a dynamic meeting place for a Korean wind instrument and a Chinese string instrument, one ancient and one newly reconstructed. It is also a dynamic meeting of one British-based Chinese pipa player, and one Korean composer trained both in the East and the West. Several opposites meet in 'The Moment'.

In this version of the piece, the core instruments are joined by a quartet of Korean kayagum zithers.