This september, Sigmund performed a series of concerts and held a Master Class over five days in South Korea. Here are some pictures from his tour.
Did you know that at one point, Sigmund’s album out-sold pop stars Mariah Carey and Elton John in the pop charts in South Korea, even though he had never played there? Since then, and beginning in 2001, Sigmund has toured the country several times, and this year was no exception. Earlier this month, Sigmund played concerts in Daegu, Dangjin, Incheon and Nowon. The harmonica has its roots in East Asia, and one of the mouth organs, such as the Korean seng-hwang goes back centuries. –Maybe the melancholy streak in my music and the nostalgic sound of my harmonica affects the emotions of the Korean people who have had so many tragic periods in their history. I always enjoy playing for Korean audiences, they are truly appreciative, Sigmund says about his Korean friends.
Here are some memories from Sigmund’s 2015 tour.
Fact of the Month:
Sigmund in South Korea
The coming October, Sigmund Groven will tour South Korea. Again. In fact, the last few years Sigmund has visited the country several times. In 2001 he made his first trip to South Korea, as Maco Music released Sigmund’s music there for the first time. Nostalgia was a compilation of songs from various Norwegian albums, and the CD became such a hit that it pushed pop stars Mariah Carey and Elton John down the sales charts. Both MBC and KBS made TV specials about Sigmund, and subsequently several tours followed.
-The harmonica has a melancholic timbre that I think suits the Koreans in a special way. The harmonica also has its roots in ancient China and Korea. Besides, the instrument does not have any language barriers, Sigmund said about his success in South Korea.
Maco Music has released four Sigmund Groven albums in South Korea.