This collaboration brings together compelling creations by three uniquely individual musicians for the first time. The adventurous, unrelentingly innovative violinist Jennifer Choi, known for her soulful and direct interpretations of classical new music and improvisations in the Susie Ibarra Trio, plays alongside the imaginative, ultra-dexterous Marco Cappelli (Extreme Guitar Project) and fuses their virtuosic string playing with the dynamic folk rhythms of Vongku Pak (Korean drums) in written and improvised collaborations in this not to be missed event.
Shaman Ritual & Dance by Choi
Blue & White by Pak
Behind The Mirror by Pak
Dokkaebi ‘s Club by Choi
Yun Mu (Circle Dance) by Cappelli
Fortune Teller by Pak
Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music and creative improvisation. Dedicated to becoming a master performer of works by her contemporaries, her playing concentrates on the goal of taking new music to another level of understanding. For the past ten years, she has performed and recorded over fifty new compositions, including the World Premiere of Goetia, one of John Zorn’s most recent and challenging works for solo violin. Since graduating from the Juilliard School in 2000, she has daringly ventured into the world of improvisation, making use of her virtuosic technique in groundbreaking collaborations with the likes of John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Leo Wadada Smith, Erik Friedlander and Susie Ibarra.
After years of intense studies (first at Conservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome and then konzert-klasse at the Musik Akademie in Basel with Oscar Ghiglia,) Marco Cappelli has been the protagonist of an extraordinary artistic path, along which he smoothly oscillates from the most rigorous music writing to the practice of improvisation. Among the founders of the acclaimed Italian contemporary music group Ensemble Dissonanzen, Cappelli currently lives in New York, where he is involved with the contemporary and avant-garde music scenes. His projects include his solo project, EGP – Extreme Guitar Project – Music from Downtown New York (ten original compositions dedicated to him,) as well as his collaborations with Jim Pugliese’s Phase 3, with Butch Morris’s Nublu Orchestra and with bassist Kato Hideki, with whom Marco co-leads the Tremolo of Joy quartet. Cappelli has recorded for the Italian label TDS as well as the prestigious American label Mode Records.
Traditional Korean dance and drumming are artistic and expressive art forms, with roots drawing from and combining the traditions of shamanistic ritual, farmers’ music and folk storytelling. Trained by master drummers in Korea in various styles of poongmul and samulnori, Vongku Pak brings to us this dynamic and dramatic music. Pak’s music tonight brings to fruition his visionary ideas about performing traditional Korean folk music along with various other world music styles. Pak is the artistic director of VP Performing Arts Production Co. and has been featured in international tours across fifteen different European countries, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Out-of-Doors Festival at Lincoln Center and on Fox TV’s Good Day New York. He can be heard on recordings on the Xtatica and Ishle Yi Park labels.
Check out: http://www.jenniferchoi.com, http://www.marcocappelli.com & http://www.koreandrum.org/