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New Fantasy Ancient Music
YKBand, 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. 

YERKO LORCA

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.

黃冠螢

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.

黃冠螢,手鼓音樂家,主持人

World Music

Featured Instruments

LYRE

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.

KORA

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.

非洲豎琴音樂家Yerko
女手鼓演奏家woman frame drum

TAR

The tar is an ancient, single-headed frame drum. It is commonly played in the Middle East and North Africa. The tar’s drumhead is struck with one hand. 

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  • 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.

    Music Reviewer

    Ma Shifang
  • 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

    Yu Suying
  • 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

    Zhong Shifang
  • 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.

    GoodNews Radio

    CoffeeCat
  • 傳說般的古老樂聲,奏著兩人共同創作的當代樂曲,回到了對音樂最澄淨的喜愛,帶著這份感動和敬拜環遊世界。

    小芬的藝饗世界主持人

    魏世芬
  • Kora與Lyre如山澗中的流水,與山石相擊又淙淙不斷,兩位樂人因為各自延展的音樂脈絡,因此樂團的音樂基因也相當複雜。《方舟》專輯結合神話與歷史傳說的虛構文本,卻也有許多對現實的關照和影射,未著歌詞的旋律與故事若即若離,體現音樂與文字的各自想像!

    新活水雜誌

    霍亮子
  • 清透的歌聲交織穿梭在琴弦的撥動和低沈迴響的鼓聲中。他們是讓音樂穿越時空的使者,若非歷經千萬次重生,怎能有辦法為我們的當下傳遞出如此美妙的樂聲。

    傳藝金曲得獎者/西塔琴演奏家

    金光亮平
  • 他們的音樂和歌聲帶領我踏上過去與未來的旅程,不只是音樂,當你聆聽他們的故事時,你會發現,過去、現在、未來全部發生在當下。來自地球遙遠兩端的兩人合而為一,讓這一切都感覺都如此自然的發生。

    伊朗藝術家

    Ali Montazami
  • 每次我放著樂曲,就是穿梭維度的漫遊。 我看見河流與大地、城鎮和森林,看見龍口的火,手中的葡萄酒瓶。我看見自己遺失的記憶。 他們是帶著旋律的風,輕輕吹拂人們身旁。 只要你的心還沒完全睡去,你都將被喚醒。

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