Coreyah: Psychedelic Korean Folk


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"uninhibited vision of Korean traditional music" (NPR Music)


"Beyond the musicians’ sizzling chops, what’s most interesting about this band is how subtly they weave classic Korean folk themes into a rock framework." (New York Music Daily)


Coreyah is a psychedelic Korean folk music group whose six members integrate traditional Korean instruments, vocals, guitar, and percussion. Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has pioneered a new style of Korean music that blends genres of contemporary ethnic and popular sounds while still maintaining the distinctive characteristics of traditional Korean instruments. The group’s unique freewheeling, polystylistic vision combines a variety of influences, including Anglo-American rock, Balkan gypsy, and genres from South America and Africa. 


The band consists of Kim Dongkun (daegeum, sogeum, tungso), Ham Boyoung (vocal), Kim Chorong (percussion, Chulhyungeum), Kyungyi (percussion), Na Sunjin (geomungo), and Ko Jaehyeon (guitar). 


Coreyah has release their 4th album "Clap & Applause" in July 2020. This new album celebrates their 10th anniversary with a dance-inducing, exciting new vision for Korean world music. Korean traditional rhythms combine with toe-tapping and hand-clapping dance beats set to the sounds of the soulful daegeum flute, electrifying geomungo zither, and fierceful janggu hourglass drum. Coreyah’s latest album continues their long-standing effort to infuse pop into traditional music through bold, youthful style, heartfelt lyrics, and a psychedelic sound.


The name Coreyah is a Sino-Korean homonym that refers to the inheritance of the past and also in Korean means “whale”—the group’s totem animal and good luck charm.


Coreyah has toured around the world visiting over 50 cities in 34 countries, and continues to delight audiences at home and abroad.



This program is presented in partnership with Global Music Month 2020. Global Music Month 2020 is a month-long, online festival of global music featuring concerts, presentations and panels, running from August 29th through October 1st. GMM 2020 combines 19 different U.S. and Canadian festivals and presenters’ events under one banner for a celebration of international music. Each online event is unique -- with no repeat performers — offering a mix of livestreams and archived performances. Learn more at


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