… fire, water, wind and earth, do not exist materially… just energy or potential or readiness. As soon as these four come into being there is the final element, gokumi.

  • Sandokai Lectures, Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki-roshi


Gokumi is about the explosion of different elements. Personalities and cultures transformed by meeting one another.

Gokumi is a new ensemble featuring Korean flautist Hyelim Kim, French/Arabic violinist Layale Chaker, Flamenco percussionist Ant Romero, classical harmonica player Shima Kobayashi and bass clarinetist George Barton.

Bleeding improvisation into composition, the Gokumi Ensemble is looking for ways to draw the fire and intimacy of the traditional Indian house concert whilst exploring the cutting edge of new ways to make music.


Electric Guitar/Conductor/Composition - Joel Bell

Taegum Flute - Hyelim Kim

Violin - Layale Chaker

Chromatic Harmonica - Shima Kobayashi

Cass clarinet - George Barton

Daf/Dumbek/Percussion - Ant Romero