Renowned Musician Jin Hi Kim to
Perform on Wednesday, Oct. 17
Posted October 2, 2001
HOLLAND -- The sounds of the ancient Korean
instrument, the komungo, will fill Wichers Auditorium of
Nykerk Hall of Music when Hope College welcomes Jin Hi Kim
to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The Korean-born, American composer has received
high acclaim for her work as a cross-cultural composer and a
She has been commissioned for pieces and performed
with groups such as the Kronos Quartet, American Composers
Orchestra, Xenakis Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center.
Over the last 20 years she has built on her
musical philosophy of "Living Tones," a concept rooted in
traditional Korean court music.
She has described her compositions as beginning
with the idea that each tone is alive and unique. "The
precise timbral persona of each tone is treated as its own
philosophical mandate, with reverence for the 'life' of the
tone," she says.
The komungo, an instrument possibly related to the
Japanese koto, is a stringed instrument. Kim had an
electric komungo built in 1999, and has performed with both
the electric and acoustic instruments.
Kim studied traditional music in Korea before
moving to the United States. She is considered one of the
leading compositional voices of a new Generation East that
is rooted in Korean history, but is evolving a distinctive
Pan-Asian/American compositional approach.
She will be speaking with Hope College music
students about her composition style on Thursday, Oct. 18,
at 11 a.m. in Wichers Auditorium. The public is invited to
attend the lecture free of charge as well. The lecture is
underwritten in part by a grant from The Korea Society.
Nykerk Hall of Music is located between College
and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.