JACK Quartet performs composer/cellist Ha-Yang Kim’s recently revised epic opus, Threadsuns, a 40+ minute work inspired by the cryptic mystical poetry of Paul Celan. In addition, Kim performs amplified cello, field recordings and electronics which explores the live intersection of hybrid acoustic and synthetic sound sources.
NYC-based Korean-American Ha-Yang Kim creates new music as a composer and cellist, performing solo and with ensembles/artists in festivals and performance venues throughout the world. Drawing from a breadth of western classical music, American experimentalism, rock, electronic, noise, avant-improv, to non-western sources, Kim’s music is inspired by acoustic phenomena, ritual process, and characterized by an organic visceral lyricism of sound. Ms. Kim developed a unique signature language of extended string techniques and has also composed music for film, theatre and multi-media. Performances throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, Bali, Cuba, Canada. Ama, a CD of her compositions is released on Tzadik.
The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe) and “viscerally exciting performances” (New York Times). David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being “among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience.” The Washington Post commented, “The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital.” Alex Ross (New Yorker).
Photo of Ha-Yang Kim by Peter Gannushkin