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#9. Park Jiha: Communion

South Korean musician Park Jiha’s Communion is equal parts strangely familiar and beautifully unknown: mixing traditional instrumentals with an improvised minimalism to otherworldly effect. Jiha’s main instrument of choice is the piri – a double reed flute that, from what she’s shown us on the album, can give any sax a serious run for its money. With cameos from the saenghwang (mouth organ) and yanggeum (hammered dulcimer), Communion collects a thrilling set of instrumentals, from the free jazz freak out of ‘All Souls Day’ to the gentle ambiance of ‘Accumulation of Time’ and the melancholy chamber music of ‘Communion’. – AS