The gagayeum is a Korean zither (similar to the Japanese koto and the Chinese guzheng) and Luna Lee is a brilliantly inventive musician who makes it sound like an electric guitar. Well almost. She has given this traditional Korean instrument a new lease of life by playing classics from the genre of rock and pop: from the Beatles, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead and more. As someone who is fascinated by the traditional music and instruments of different cultures, I was surprised and completely won over by Luna Lee’s playing as soon as I heard it. Here she is multi-tracking, singing and playing her version of White Christmas.
To a get a real flavour of her work you have to see this: