A little more than a century after Western Music landed in Korea in the early 20th century, South Korea became a country with abundance musicians actively engaged globally. Korean Cultural Society of Boston (KCSB) is proud to have presented many of them in the Boston area.
You are invited to a series of New Music Symposium, which provide insights into where Western Classical music is heading and how Korean-ness (Korean identity and culture) is contributing to the transformation – all with a group of highly acclaimed guest musicians across the States.
Joo Won Park is an electronic musician living in Michigan. His music and writings are available on MIT Press, Parma Recordings, ICMC, Spectrum Press, Visceral Media, SEAMUS, and No Remixes labels. He is the recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit (2019) and the Kresge Arts Fellowship (2020). Dr. Park studied at Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and University of Florida (M.M. and Ph.D.) and has previously taught in Oberlin Conservatory, Temple University, Rutgers University Camden, and Community College of Philadelphia. He is also the founding director of EMEWS, one of the most active undergraduate all-electronics ensemble touring multiple states. Dr. Park is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Wayne State University.
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Jean Ahn’s creative output includes works ranging from solo instruments to full orchestra, as well as choral, dance and electroacoustic music. Recent Awards include 2019 Isadora Duncan Award for her collaborative work “Saltdoll” and being the finalist for League of American Orchestras Competition. Jean’s works have been performed by Oakland Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, Pan Ensemble, Earplay, Leftcoast Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Sur Plus, Contemporaneous Ensemble, Untwelve, Piano Talk, Enhake, Pakk-Calloway Duo, Muse Trio, and others.
Jean’s “Folksong Revisited” for piano and “K-Folksongs” for voice and piano are ongoing projects that show her vision to introduce Korean songs and techniques to professional performers in the US. Jean finished her B.A. and M.M. at Seoul National University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, where she currently teaches. She is also the director for Ensemble ARI, which has shaped her ensemble writing tremendously.
Pianist Jihye Chang has featured a strong commitment to new music throughout her performing career. Recently, Chang premiered the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Robert L. Aldridge at the Brevard Music Festival. Chang is currently in the midst of a multi-year solo project entitled “Continuum 88,” an exploration of the solo piano literature in collaboration with living composers, which she presented in multiple venues across the states, South Korea, and Taiwan. She also has ongoing programs of music by living women composers and Korean composers, which she has performed at UC Berkeley, TCU, Boston Conservatory, and C4NM San Francisco. Her recordings of contemporary music can be found on Albany, Centaur and Ravello/Parma labels.
Ms. Chang has led residencies with the composition departments at UCLA and Tulane University, and virtual residencies during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University. She has appeared in new music series and festivals at Seoul National University, University of Louisville, and Brandeis University, among others. Ms. Chang is on the piano faculty of the Brevard Music Center and is a lecturer at Florida State University, and she holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Seoul National University.
Composer Donald Reid Womack’s voice blurs cultural and aesthetic boundaries. His rhythmically charged music inhabits a space between worlds, frequently drawing on musical traditions of East Asia and the West in ways that belong partly to both but fully to neither. Widely recognized as a leader in intercultural composition, he often integrates Asian and western instruments, and his output includes several concertos for Korean (click) and Japaneseinstruments, as well as many chamber works for Asian and western instruments. His music has been performed around the world, and can be heard on numerous recordings. He has lectured throughout the U.S., Korea, Japan and Taiwan, and also contributed a chapter to the National Gugak Center’s book Traditional Korean Instruments: A Practical Guide for Composers. Womack has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. A professor of composition at the University of Hawaii since 1994, he also serves on the faculties of both the Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Korean Studies.
Yoon-Ji Lee is a Korean composer based in Boston and New York. Lee’s chamber and electronic music have been performed by ensembles including JACK Quartet, Argento Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and many others, and at conference such as the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and New Music Miami ISCM Festival. Lee received the Jane Geuting Camp Fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Patsy Lu Award from International Alliance of Women in Music, and the Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship from NYU. Lee participated in artist residencies at National Sawdust, Atlantic Center for the Arts, VCCA, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Lee earned her PhD in composition at NYU and did her Masters at New England Conservatory. Lee is Currently Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music.
Juri Seo is a composer and pianist based in Princeton, New Jersey. She seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. With its fast-changing tempi and dynamics, her music explores the serious and the humorous, the lyrical and the violent, the tranquil and the obsessive. She hopes to create music that loves, that makes a positive change in the world—however small—through the people who are willing to listen. Her composition honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Fromm Commission from Harvard University, and a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also attended Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Seoul's Yonsei University. She is Associate Professor of Music at Princeton University.
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