Jaurim (자우림, 紫雨林, meaning “Purple Rainforest”) is a rock band from Seoul, South Korea. They had performed in the indie scene before 1997, and became major with their first released single “Hey Hey Hey”. They have released eight full-length albums, three unofficial albums, two original soundtrack singles, one original soundtrack EP (which was released as a digital single), and one concert album. Their latest full-length album, ‘음모론’, was released in August 2011. The band is praised for their arrangements, and singer Kim Yoon-Ah is often praised for her singing abilities and lyrics.
Formerly known as the “Ugly Duckling”, the band started performing in the famous underground Shinchon club scene in 1997. It was later that year when they changed their name to “Jaurim: The Purple Rain Forest”, and crossed over to the spotlight with their colorful and unique modern funk/rock melodies. The voice and the beauty of lead singer, Kim Yoon-ah, which was exemplified on the O.S.T. of the popular drama series “The Man with a Flower”, became the band’s winning formula. Jaurim quickly became popular, providing music that was a “breath of fresh air” as the music scene desperately needed something different than a conventional ballad or dance number. The band released their first album, “Purple Heart”, late in 1997 and received warm reviews and critical acclaim. With a successful debut, they became one of the ‘most wanted’ bands and produced an album every year until their split in 2002. The split was attributed to musical conflicts between Kim Yoon-ah, often regarded as the “star” of the band, and the other band members. Despite efforts to make it work, “Jaurim” decided to disband. Though they went their separate ways, they are still actively performing–Kim Yoon-ah became a solo artist and the other members perform as part of the band “Choco Cream Rolls”.
But in spite of conflicts and difficulties Jaurim continue to working together for their fans, and they never had a line up change.
Kim, Yoon-Ah (김윤아)— Vocal, Guitar, Keyboard, Songwriter
Goo, Tae-Hoon (구태훈)— Drums, Percussion
Kim, Jin-Man (김진만)— Bass, Guitar
Lee, Sun-Kyu (이선규)— Guitar, Vocals
sources: Wikipedia, jpopasia.com