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BAESHI BANG : OLD SCHOOL K-POP REVISITED

Baeshi Bang is a Paris-based quintet which presents an exclusive reworking of Bae Ho’s music, a famous Korean singer from the sixties.

It is a new project created by saxophone player Etienne de la Sayette, who has been at the leading helm of several other bands (Akalé Wubé, Frix, Gulab Ja Moun, Human Beings...). He has now directed his attention to a singer who is completely unknown in France but whose music is the perfect mix between the slick sound of the large European pop ensembles of the sixties, and the Korean soul which comes through its unmistakable melodies. To develop this project, Etienne has teamed up with french horn player Victor Michaud with whom he shares ideas on research and arrangement. There are different reasons to set up a project dedicated exclusively to this unlikely repertoire. First of all is the musical quality contained within the songs of Bae Ho, and the pleasure it gives to the musicians playing and exposing it to their audience. Secondly, is the opportunity for a challenge: provoke the public with a repertoire that it would have otherwise ignored and, going beyond all exotic pretexts, win over their love and interest through the quality of the musicians’ work and arrangements. Finally, is a case of pushing the creativity of a band to the limit : with such a restricted repertoire as a source, they are able to make fire with all kinds of fuel, have total liberty to reinterpret the music and take it in all diverse directions. Called upon as such, Bae Ho’s spirit is incarnated in a cocktail of vintage jazz, easy listening, free floating sounds, Frisellian impressionism, cheap "chinoiseries" and Zornian explosions.

BAE HO ?

Born in 1942, Bae Ho started his musical career as a drummer in his adolescent years. He started singing in the early sixties and quickly acquired phenomenal success. He has recorded over three hundred songs and has taken part in numerous films. He quickly became one of the great Korean singers. He never wrote any of his songs, nor any of the words but he had a team of composers, arrangers and lyricists working for him who managed to come up with a new and unique style influenced by traditional Korean songs, Japanese Enka and the large pop ensembles of the west. His songs embodied all of a popular culture while still retaining a sophisticated quality, and paved the way for a "global sound system" which is the great melting pot of traditional sounds and western grooves. Bae Ho died of nephritis in 1971 at the age of 29.  An orphan and single man, penniless in the prime of his life... he had everything he needed to become an icon of his time. Unfortunately the “Gangnam Style” Korea sometimes suffers of cultural amnesia and surprisingly, the singers of old have disappeared from collective memory. Nowadays, hardly anyone but the elderly recall “Nuga Ulo”, “Tang Shin” and other hits by the singer. The Korean TV station KBS1 recently showed a documentary on Bae Ho, the forgotten star, in which Etienne talks at length about his project “Baeshi Bang”.

Line Up :

Etienne de la Sayette: tenor saxophone, flute, clavioline, kayageum, pili
Victor Michaud: french horn, electronic organ
François Chesnel: piano
Loïc Réchard: giutar
Stefano Lucchini: drums
Olivier Garouste : live video