News: Black String, straight outta Seoul, mixes traditional Korean music, edgy improvisation and electronics

San Diego Tribune
By George Varga
February 22, 2020

Yoon Jeong Heo is so active that it’s almost surprising she doesn’t single-handedly generate combustible energy during the course of one of her average working days.

But there is nothing remotely average about this visionary master of the 1,300-year-old geomungo, an intricate, Korean string instrument whose legacy Heo simultaneously salutes and extends with singular skill, reverence and daring. That she has done so in such a conservative, patriarchal country as Korea — and had an international impact — makes her trailblazing achievements all the more impressive.