Tuesday, December 17, 2013

RAS Concert: Painted Notes

"Painted Notes" is a musical series in progress. It is being composed by Michael Sydney Tipson (손마익). Two pieces of the series were played: Glow for 18-string gayageum, violin and janggu (2012) and Color for 18-string gayageum, violin, guitar and djembe. The series are works based on the paintings of Kim Suntae, 김선태 작가. The paintings are of hazy colors and images overshadowed by glaring light, and the unclear image is represented musically by distant sounds that gradually feel closer. 

Players for this performance were:

Mi Young Kim (violin; not pictured) - Born in Seoul, and recipient of the Prix de virtuosite, the highest degree at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve where she studied. She also holds a "Soloist Diploma" from the Bern Conservatory.

Jung Yeol Kim (guitar) - Holder of the diplom K.A. from Hochschule fur Musik Koln in Germany and is fascinated with the interpretation of Baroque music as played with the 8-stringed guitar, which has an extended bass range.

Jocelyn Clark (gayageum) - Born in Juneau, Alaska, she began studying koto at age 18. 1990-1 studied zheng at Nanjing Academin of Arts in China, and also in New York. 1992-4 focused on gayageum performance at National Gugak Center in Seoul. Holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University where she wrote on the relationship of literature on orality, focusing on the use of primarily Tang poetry in the lyrics of pansori. 1999-2009 founded and directed the new music festival CrossSound in Alaska. Currently works as a professor of East Asian Studies at Pai Chai University in Daejeon where her most recent writing is focused on culture loss, race and class, and national identity/branding.

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