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December 19, 2006

Orientango - Young Korean Music Duo Based in Bs. As.

The Korea Herald : Tango music shares much with Korean folk songs

Sunny (Sung Kyung-sun) and Jinny (Jung Jin-hee) are two young Korean musicians who comprise Orientango, a Korean-Argentine tango music duo based in Buenos Aires.

In this article from The Korea Herald they talk about how "the two countries' folk music scenes share a very similar sense of sentimentality."

This may explain how the "oriental" tango music duo could overcome the hardships they encountered as immigrants to be leading musicians in the world's capital of tango.

"Like Korean folk songs, tango music contains sorrows and heartbreaks in its seemingly all cheerful melodies and rhythms," said the duo's violinist Sunny (Sung Kyung-sun) in an interview with The Korea Herald. According to her, lyrics of tango music also use lots of metaphors, as do Korean folk songs.

Sunny (Sung Kyung-sun), left, and Jinny (Jung Jin-hee) [Ahn Hoon/The Korea Herald]"The lyrics of 'por una cabeza' (the music used in 1992 Al Pacino film "Scent of a Woman") talks about a horse race, in which a compulsive horse-track gambler loses his bet by 'a head of a horse' as its title suggests, but it actually is about love lost," Sung continued. "Such well-known Korean folk songs as "Milyang Arirang" and "Duggeobi (toad)" address the feeling of lost in a similar metaphoric veins."
Born in Busan in 1976, Sung migrated to Argentina in 1991, where she attended the Beethoven Music Academy in Buenos Aires. He formed Orientango in 2000 with Jinny (Jung Jin-hee), the pianist of the team who was born in 1976 in Seoul and won the first prize at the Promociones Musicales Concours in 1997 as a student of the National Music Academy in Buenos Aires.

Posted by joegrohens at December 19, 2006 05:09 PM


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