We are extremely proud to present the debut album by international power duo Dasom Baek (traditional Korean flutes) and Violeta García (cello). <Absence> is the sound of two leading composers and improvisers pushing their instruments to the technical and creative limit, then beyond into places unnavigated, futuristic and often haunting.
Dasom and Violeta tussle with playful and brutal mastery between passages of sparse melody, acrobatic percussion and harmonic drift, while interjecting voices fracture and reassemble into intimate, improbable forms. It is hard to imagine an album more abundant in ideas and motifs, all atomised as soon as they are brought to life. The effect is a tapestry of rugged spirits - moving, and at times just plain beautiful.
Recommended for fans of Okkyung Lee, John Butcher, Messiaen, and Ernst Reijseger.
Dasom Baek is a composer, improviser and performer of traditional Korean instruments (mainly Daegeum and Sogeum). Dasom pursues groundbreaking and modern music rooted in traditional Korean instrumental performance. She is a Certified Master of Important Intangible Cultural Asset, no.45. She has achieved Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from the Korea National University of Arts, and is currently undertaking a PhD course at Seoul National University. She has also represented Korea at the International Flute Festival. In 2019 she was selected as a fellow for the OMI Music residency in New York, collaborating with various genres of musicians from different countries. In 2020, she released her debut album, <무(無): Nothingness>. In 2021 she was selected as a showcase artist at SXSW Festival.
Violeta García is a cellist, improviser and composer born Buenos Aires, in 1990. She studied at the Conservatory Astor Piazolla, and holds a degree in Composition from the Conservatory Manuel de Falla, with Ricardo Capellano. She also has a degree in Musical Arts, specialising in violoncello, from the Universidad Nacional of Arts (U.N.A). An experienced collaborator and improvisor, Violeta founded the digital label and musics series TVL-REC, alongside Carlos Quebrada (Colombia) and Camilo Ángeles (Perú), in 2015. TVL-REC is devoted to publishing new music, experimental groups and collectives from Latin America and other countries.