About YK band
New Fantasy Ancient Music
YK band, an international performing group formed by Yerko Lorca from Barcelona and Huang Kuan Yin from Taiwan .Their genre of music focuses on fantasy and new ancient music. Their productions,characterised by a combination of Mediterranean and Asian styles, are deep-rooted in ancient music, through important archaeological findings (some of which include fragments of music written over three thousand years ago). They combine instruments such as the Tartessian lyre (dating back to 10 B.C.); the Kora, which is the traditional West African harp; the ancestral harp from China (known as the Guzheng); the Tar, one of the oldest frame drums, and singing .This unusual, original mix makes their shows a unique expression. Golden Winner of 2019 The Global Music Awards & Album of the Year, Best Productor, Best Composer, Best Design . Nominated in 2019 Golden Indie Music Awards Best World Music Album, the song〈The Fall of Dragons〉Nominated in 2019 Golden Indie Music Awards Best World Music Song. Charted in TransGlobal World Music Chart.
Composer / Musician / Singer
Best Composer Winner in Global Music Award. From Barcelona, he grew up in an artistic family atmosphere nourished by Andean folklore. He has been trained in singing and the didgeridoo, the drums, Latin percussion and traditional West African percussion. At the end of 2008, he travelled to Bamako (Mali) to study the contemporary kora with the maestro Toumani Diabaté and the traditional kora with Mamadou Kouyaté, kora player for the Ensemble Instrumental du Mali.
In 2009, he went to Los Angeles to start out in the trade of Jaliyaa, storytelling accompanied by the kora, under the guidance of Jeliba Baba.
In 2012, he travelled to Greece to begin his self-taught training of the ancient Mediterranean lyre, purchasing a tortoiseshell-type lyre from ancient Greek times and compiling the most ancient melodies known to date, found at archaeological sites.
In 2014, he began the project to recreate the first lyre of the Iberian Peninsula along with Grupo de Recreación de la Música en la Iberia Antigua (GReMIA), becoming the first and only musician to use this instrument professionally and in chamber auditoriums with large orchestras.
To date, he has published three independently produced albums as a soloist and in collaboration with other artists. His albums include his own compositions and traditional songs from West Africa.
Artist / Vocal / Composer
From Taiwan, she studied piano and singing from an early age. She have the first contact of guzheng with her mother, and then with some of the most prestigious guzheng teachers and musicians in Taiwan.
Kuan Yin now plays a different guzheng to the ones commonly known, which was left to her by her mother and has 16 metal strings.
In 2012, she graduated in Broadcasting Division of Radio at one of the best universities in Taiwan.
In 2015, she travelled to Barcelona to study the kora with Yerko Lorca, who used traditional methods to teach her the basic concepts forming the basis of good technique in this instrument.She often accompanies many of the popular Sephardic and ancient compositions from the Mediterranean on the tar, which significantly enhances these songs with a very unique expression and colour.
Furthermore, since 2010 Kuan Yin has been training as a storyteller with the prestigious Alessio di Modica in Sicily, using the “contemporary clown” system to connect and empathise with the audience. This training, together with her great charisma, have made her one of the best storytellers in Taiwan.
The ancient Mediterranean lyre is an instrument that has become well known thanks to the few instruments found in archaeological sites, similar to the countless portrayals in Sumer, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Tartessian cultures, etc. The Tartessian lyre in Arcaron – Under Twin Moons I – The Rise of a Myth is the recreation of one of the oldest string instruments of the Iberian Peninsula. It was created based on an engraving representing a string instrument similar to an ancient Mediterranean lyre. This engraving is on an anthropomorphic funeral stele dating back three thousand years that was found in the town of Luna (Zaragoza) in 1975. The characteristics of the engraving are very similar to the style of the Tartessian period (10 to 6 B.C.), hence the name of the Tartessian lyre or the Spanish name for its place of origin: lira de Luna (lyre of Luna). Thirty-nine years after it was found, Yerko Lorca funded and directed the recreation of the fifteen-string Lune stele lyre, forming part of the Grupo de Recreación de la Música en la Iberia Antigua (GReMIA), which includes musicologists, researchers, luthiers and musicians.
The Kora is the harp of West Africa, or more specifically of the Mandinka ethnic group and the lineage of the Djelis, which means “those who tell stories or sing poems”. They are focussed in an area that currently extends throughout parts of Senegal, Casamasce, Gambia, Mali and Guinea.The sound of the kora resembles the celtic harp on the low notes and the spanish flamenco guitar with the improvisation of the high notes. There are a few historical records that say mention the first recognised korista. This man was Jali Madi Wuleng. Some say that Jali appears in the era of emperor Sundjata Keita (1217 – 1255 AD) and others Kaabu o Gabu empire (1537 – 1867 AD). The Kora in Arcaron – Under Twin Moons I – The Rise of a Myth is Modern Kora The kónsuls are replaced by wooden tuning keys, of the spanish guitar, electric guitar or bass. They say that the first koras with tuners were built by Catholic monks installed in West Africa for a French priest. The priest wanted the sweet sound of the kora in songs in Mass, but for the musicians it was not easy to be continuously changing tuning between songs. So to meet this need they became pioneers in the construction of the first kora with tuning keys as well as the first chromatic kora.
The tar is an ancient, single-headed frame drum, which consists of a circular wooden frame and a drum skin. They are among the oldest known musical instruments. It is commonly played in the Middle East and North Africa. These kind of frame drum can be found in many ancient cultures of the world. The drums developed by each ancient culture are slightly different, and some have bells. Historically, this drum was mostly used in rituals , while the medium-sized drums were mostly played by women, as we can saw on sculptures and paintings.
The Amazing Journey
This musical instrument comes from the mythological world. Myths and legends have a lot of things that are true and false, or they cannot be understood with current rational thinking, but they are the common memory of the community. They salvage these things and turn it into the present. I have witnessed the sound that has never happened before my eyes for thirty years in my broadcasting career. It is really impressive.
Like the sound of limping from ancient times, the intellectual is full of intoxicating beauty. They are the most elegant performers I have ever seen. They plucked and sang in a relaxed manner. The sound of ancient music, like a spirit bird from another time and space, led the listener into the mysterious time corridor.
Curator of World Music Festival
The resurrection of this ancient musical instrument is often easy to be rigid, because when we are talking about ancient times, it is often very national or nationalistic, but when he translates such an ancient musical instrument, he gives some new life, plus his own stories, fictional novels, try to bring historical scenes between fictional stories, many new possibilities arise between fiction and reality, and artistry is created between such fiction and reality.
Curator of Migration Music Festival
When I heard the West African harp, I thought it was an orchestra. There were several violins in one piece. Actually, at first glance, it was found that there was only one person, a one-man band. Music can go from the grasslands of West Africa to the bamboo forest trail. In fact, instrumental music can be controlled in different types of music, which represents its diversity and solidity.