Jin Hi Kim – Electric Komungo
William Parker – Bass
Elliott Sharp – Guitar
Hamid Drake – Percussion
Four Directions, formed by Jin Hi Kim, will present an all-improvised performance in a combination of solos, duos, quartets. Original, creative, freely improvised, cross-cultural and techno sound take center stage.
Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso, Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition, has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and around the world. She is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo (geomungo) to American contemporary music scene through her “Living Tones” cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions and her extensive solo performances of the world’s only electric komungo with interactive MIDI computer system in her large-scale mulitmedia performance pieces. The New York Times wrote, “virtuoso, Jin Hi Kim promises thoughtful, shimmering East-West amalgams in combinations that are both new and unlikely to be repeated.”
Elliott Sharp, a central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. Recipient of the Berlin Prize for 2015 and a Guggenheim Fellowship winner for 2014, Sharp has composed for Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and Arditti Quartet. A contributor to Hilary Hahn’s Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces, Sharp has been featured at New Music Stockholm, Donaueschingen, Darmstadt, Tomorrow Shenzhen, and Au Printemps festivals. His opera Port Bou premiered in the United States atIssue Project Room in October 2014 and in Berlin at Konzerthaus in April 2015. In 2010, Sharp created About Us, a sci-fi opera for all-teenage performers at the Bayerische Staatsoper. His work is the subject of the documentary “Doing The Don’t” and he has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.
William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. The Village Voice called Parker, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the 50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.
Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and he has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers.