Gongmyoung Takes Audiences on a Mesmerizing Musical Journey with “With Sea”

South Korean experimental music group Gongmyoung

South Korean experimental music sensation, Gongmyoung, is all set to enthrall audiences at the Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater this weekend. Renowned for their unique blend of Western and traditional Korean wind and percussion instruments, Gongmyoung has been captivating fans as in-house artists at the prestigious Jongno-gu performance venue since 2022.

Their upcoming performance, titled “With Sea,” promises to take the audience on an extraordinary musical voyage, immersing them in the mesmerizing beauty of the ocean. Gongmyoung has curated a selection of ten captivating songs inspired by their travels across Korea’s enchanting islands and breathtaking coastlines.

At the heart of the performance is the title song, “With Sea,” which draws inspiration from a remarkable incident that took place in 1995 near Sorido, Yeosu in South Jeolla Province. It was on July 23, 1995, when the massive 140,000-ton Sea Prince vessel collided with a reef, tragically sinking and resulting in the release of approximately 5,000 metric tons of bunker fuel and crude oil. Gongmyoung’s evocative composition pays tribute to this event, serving as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance between human activity and the fragile marine ecosystem.

In addition to “With Sea,” the band will showcase other remarkable compositions that emerged during their explorations of islands and seas. Songs like “Wave’s Memory,” “Sorido,” and “Deep Sea” capture the essence of these awe-inspiring landscapes, echoing Gongmyoung’s dedication to crafting music inspired by nature’s vibrant tapestry.

A representative from the Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater shared, “(The songs) reflect the vibrant spirit of Gongmyoung, who constantly engage in creative activities inspired by the wonders of nature.”

A key highlight of Gongmyoung’s performance lies in their innovative use of electronic janggu, a distinctive instrument unique to the group. Through tracks like “Sorido” and “Deep Sea,” they seamlessly blend the electronic drum with sampled sounds from traditional Korean instruments, delivering a harmonious fusion of analog and digital tones that reverberate through the venue’s speakers. The result is an auditory feast that transports listeners to the heart of Gongmyoung’s musical universe.

Tickets for this extraordinary experience are priced at 20,000 won and can be reserved through Interpark Ticket or the Seoul Donhwamun Gukakdang website. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness Gongmyoung’s enchanting performance firsthand.


Gongmyoung, which translates to “resonance” in Korean, has been at the forefront of introducing a fresh genre of Korean music since their debut in 1997. Consisting of four exceptionally talented members, the band seamlessly merges traditional melodies with innovative sounds, captivating audiences with instruments like the guitar, piri, daegeum, haegeum, taepyeongso, and more. They also introduce unique instruments such as the bamboo percussion instrument named “gongmyoung,” adding their own distinctive touch to the musical landscape.

Fans of Gongmyoung can also look forward to their participation in the upcoming open-air event, “Let’s Play in the Yard,” scheduled for September. Additionally, a highly anticipated concert is slated for November, promising even more musical brilliance from this extraordinary group.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in Gongmyoung’s magical world of music. Book your tickets now and embark on an unforgettable journey “With Sea” alongside these trailblazing musicians.

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