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WPKN Presents Jin Hi Kim’s Premiere Performance of: A Ritual for Covid-19
November 19, 2021 @ 8:00 pm EST
WPKN presents the World Premiere of Guggenheim Fellow Jin Hi Kim’s multimedia Covid-19 Ritual performance at the historic Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, CT
Jin Hi Kim, a Guggenheim composer fellow and innovative komungo virtuoso, co-designed the world’s only electric komungo with custom designed computer programs. Her work reflects the duality of her ancient Korean roots and contemporary American society with interdisciplinary works merging Asian mythology and advanced Western technology.
“With her electric komungo, she floated sustained tones and rudimentary melodies or plucked twangs suggesting a jaw-harp or hinted at the bent notes of the blues.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times
“A Musical Philosopher And Radiator Of Electricity: Jin Hi Kim.” – Morgan Enos, GRAMMY.com
Kim is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo into the American contemporary music scene and for extensive solo performances on the electric komungo in her large-scale multimedia performance pieces such as Ghost Komungobot, Digital Buddha, and Touching The Moons.
Over the past three decades, Kim has developed a series of ‘Living Tones’ compositions that she performed as a soloist with Kronos Quartet, American Composer Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has performed her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art and around the world.
Kim has received an Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and won the Wolff Ebermann Prize at the International Theater Institute, Germany. She was Fulbright Specialist to Vietnam, and McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum. She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy, Asian Cultural Council, and Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Wesleyan University.
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