The husband and wife team of Ms. Ma Young-ae and Mr. Cho Sang-ho recorded a session of traditional and contemporary Korean music at Radio Free Asia on July 23, 2004. The recording session was held in Radio Free Asia's Korean production studio and yielded eleven song tracks. The eleven song tracks range from just under two minutes to five minutes in length.
Ma Young-ae was formerly a member of the Art and Culture Division of the People's Army of North Korea. Ma Young-ae escaped from North Korea in 2000. She is currently the head of the "Pyongyang Art and Culture Team". The team performs with other musicians that have escaped North Korea.
Ma Young-ae is a proficient musician on the yanggum and accordion. Yanggum is a percussion string instrument which is sounded by Chae (bamboo-made, thin plectra). The yanggum has twenty-five major keys and can play all the 12 tones by moving the 4 bridges freely. Yanggum is played in a unique style of rendition which allows the instrument to be played rhythmically with additional effects such as tremolo and arpeggio.
This complete TAM Session resulted in twelve song tracks which are loaded in the Tam Player below for your preview:
Cho Sang-ho was formerly a baritone vocalists with the Art and Culture Division of the People's Army of North Korea. Cho Sang-ho escaped from North Korean in 2001. Mr. Cho performs with his wife, Ma Young-ae, in the Pyongyang Musical Missions Troupe.
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