The Near East Quartet
is an experimental world music and fusion jazz group formed in 2009 by Korean Saxophonist and Composer Sungjae Son with Suwuk Chung (Guitar), Soonyong Lee (Bass) and Dongwon Kim (Percussion).
in 2015, Son reformed the band with Suwuk Chung (Guitar), Soojin Suh (Drums) and Korean traditional vocalist and percussionist Yulhee Kim.
The music of the Near East Quartet evokes an image of oriental paintings, emphasizing the beauty of empty space. Son’s melodic phrases are delicately contrasted against the electronic soundscapes from Chung and Suh's unique rhythmic textures which are influenced by both Western grooves as well as Korean traditional rhythms. They play as trio, and also include Kim on percussion to add another uniquely colourful voice to the band.