Through her performances and compositions, the queen of the Korean komungo, Jin Hi Kim, has revived this courtly zither played traditionally only by men. Indeed it was for her alone that the Canadian Joseph Yanuziello developed the world´s only electrical version of the instrument. In more than 20 years of international performing, Jin Hi Kim has tried to bring traditional Korean music and modern Western music together. Her concept of living tones combines the philosophy of Buddhist Korean courtly music with Western science, jazz and new music. Jin Hi Kim is devoted to the life of each single note, to each individual sound, to structure, vibrato, glissando and dynamics.
After graduating in traditional Korean music at the National University in Seoul, she took a Master of Arts degree in electronic music at Mills College in California in 1985. Since 1987, when she was invited to give a joint improvisation by the Californian avant-garde guitarist and world-music enthusiast Henry Kaiser for the first time , she has performed as a soloist on the komungo with many leading modern Western musicians, jazz-performers and improvisers, including Derek Bailey, William Parker, James Newton, Oliver Lake, Joelle Leandre and Elliott Sharp and supplied them with compositions. She has also played together with virtuosi on the Indian sitar, the Japanese koto, African drums and the Australian didgeridoo.
Jin Hi Kim has performed at many festivals, including the Darmstadt Festival, Next Wave Festival (New York), Warsaw Autumn and the Asian Pacific Festival (New Zealand), as well as in famous halls like Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York). As a soloist she has performed with groups including the Kronos Quartett, the Xenakis Ensemble and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.
Author: Haus der Kulturen derWelt
Peter Kowald’s Global Village & Jin Hi Kim
with Jin Hi Kim, For 4 EARS Records
with Jin Hi Kim, LEO Records
Komungo Around the World
No World Improvisations
Circle of Fire
with Jin Hi Kim, AsianImprov Records
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
The New Sound Experience
(20 January 04 - 29 January 04)