Jin Hi Kim Electric Komungo Demo
Live Satellite Broadcast from Culturehub at La Mama Theater (NYC) 2013
Jin Hi Kim's Digital Buddha
Jin Hi Kim is on PRI's The World
Jin Hi Kim discusses her work on the Interpretations series with composer Richard Carrick
Jin Hi Kim, electric komungo | MBC-National TV, S. Korea
"Virtuoso, Jin Hi Kim promises thoughtful, shimmering East-West amalgams in combinations that are both new and unlikely to be repeated." Peter Watrous, The New York Times
"Her unique vision blends science fiction images, state-of-the-art technology, ancient mythology and timeless music and dance traditions. No other artist is doing work quite like this, and she does it with superb style."Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post
"This is new music/world music at its finest, beyond political correctness, into the realm of the sublime, where words and cultural postures fall away."
Josef Woodard, The Los Angeles Times
"A gorgeously tactile piece that moved easily between an earthy folksiness and meditative refinement."
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
"In Tilings, Jin Hi Kim, an eloquent, eclectic advocate for the komungo, vividly translated her instrument's characteristic slurs and wobbles for a Western ensemble of woodwinds, strings, percussion and cimbalom." Steve Smith, The New York Times
"An essay in integration which suggested a Takemitsu-like ability to hover between eastern and western traditions." Paul Griffiths, The Times (London)
"with her electric komungo, she floated sustained tones and rudimentary melodies or plucked twangs suggesting a jew-harp or hinted at the bent notes of the blues." Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"Cosmic Music Meditation, as if their (audience) consciousness was carried into outer space." Tempo (Jakarta)
"Good music knows no boundaries neither of style or tradition or geographically. ...it emphasises and shifts and brings back and diverges and returns in a great mystical wheel of sound, whirring around a pole that is rooted deep in the ground yet facing upward." Stef, Free Jazz
"The delicacy of her effects and of the Kronos Quartet's playing were constantly riveting." John Rockwell, The New York Times
"(Eternal Rock) moved through the orchestra like a curious outsider, wondering at the range of sounds it can make and using it as an extension of twangy vocabulary of solo komungo." Anne Midgette, The New York Times
"The most exciting of the instrumental imports (to orchestra) was the set of barrel drums used by Jin Hi Kim in her own vibrant composition, "Monk Dance" ....her propulsive solos on drums took over, leaving the audience breathless." David Baker,New Haven Register
"cut across barriers of language, culture and tradition, touch us at deep, irrational levels result in a work that speaks to our common humanity." Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post
Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II for Empire State Youth Orchestra and two Korean soloists (piri and ajeng), dedicated to the reunification of the Koreas, will be premiered at Carnegie Hall, NYC. (June 1, 2014)
Kim's Child of War for The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, dedicated to Kim Phuc who is renowned for "the girl in the picture" during the Vietnam War, commissioned by John Marshall Lee, will be premiered at Quick Center, Fairfield University, CT. (April 6, 2014)
Kim is awarded 2013 McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship with the American Composers Forum.
Kim performed at Venice Biennale 2013 for Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos Floating Pavilion Opening Exhibition. Read More
Kim participated in a New York Philharmonic Credit Suisse Very Young Composers project in collaboration with Korea Arts and Culture Education Service.
Kim premiered her Digital Buddha II with Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and Thomas Buckner (voice) for Interpretations Avant-Garde Music Series at new Roulette on November 10, 2011. Read More
Kim was New Haven Symphony Orchestra Komungo Master-in-Residence 2011-2012. She directed Music Meditation Workshop.
Kim performed as soloist for her composition Monk Dance (for orchestra and Korean barrel drums) with Empire State Youth Orchestra on March 20 and May 22, 2011 at EMPAC. New Haven Register Review
Jin Hi Kim was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship 2010 for Music Composition.
Kim was Music Alive Composer-in- Residence (2009-2011) with New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Read More
Kim performed with Gerry Hemingway (percussion) duo version of Digital Buddha, a multimedia collaboration with komungo/electric komungo and video at Festival Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia (September 29-30, 2010). The Duo CD, Pulses was released in 2010. Free Jazz Review - Watch Video
Kim gave a solo recital, Digital Buddha at Festival Dos Abarazos, Santiago de Compostela, Spain on August 18, 2010. Tempo (Jakarta) Review
Conceived by Jin Hi Kim, The Asian Connection featured three Asian virtuoso improvisers Miya Masaoka (koto), Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and Kim (komungo/electric komungo) for World On Stage Festival at Cole Auditorium, in Greenwich, CT (May 10, 2009). Read More
In S. Korea, interviews about Kim's electric komungo were featured on Arirang TV -Global Broadcasting <Heart To Heart> in 2008, and MBC-TV < Exclamation!> in 2007.
Kim's electric komungo solo performance was broadcast by YTN National TV for the Korean Artists Overseas Festival 2006 in Seoul. Watch Video
In three decades Kim has performed in a free improvisation context at many international festivals with prominent Western avant-garde improvisers. Read More - Watch Video
Kim’s autobiography Komungo Tango, a 25 years journey of creative collaborations with master musicians around the world, was published in 2007, Seoul, S. Korea. Read More
In 2007 Kim has composed the sound track Koryo Saram, an hour long documentary film about Korean refugees from Russia to Kazakhstan. Read More
In 2006, Kim's Eternal Rock II for Korean Barrel Drums and Orchestra was commissioned and premiered by Boston Modern Orchestra Project conducted by Gil Rose. The Boston Globe Review
In 2005 Kim was featured on BBC The World/Global Hit radio program for her One Sky for string chamber orchestra and electric komungo, which was commissioned (by the Great Mountain Music Festival) for the memorial event held at DMZ between North and South Korea for commemorating the Korean war, and was broadcast on KBS-TV in S. Korea. BBC Global Hit
Kim was Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University in 2004.
Kim's Nong Rock for String Quartet and Komungo and Self Portrait for komungo solo were performed at
Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (Berlin) for Transonic Festiva 2004. Read More - Listen
Following Jin Hi Kim’s appearance in the national MBC-TV broadcast of the film <100 Years of Sanjo>, a 90 minutes long Sanjo Ecstasy was premiered at the Sanjo Festival in Korea in 2003. Read More - Watch Video
In 2001 Korean National Broadcasting System (KBS-TV) produced an hour documentary film <Hanminjok Report> on Jin Hi Kim's musical contribution.
Kim was awarded the 2000-2001 American Composers Orchestra Composer Fellowship, and her commissioned Eternal Rock for Orchestra and Komungo was premiered at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times Review
In 2000 Kim’s Dong Dong Touching The Moons, a 70 minutes long multi-media lunar ritual, won the Wolff Ebermann Prize for at International Theater Institute Conference in Munich, Germany. The Washington Post Review
Kim was featured composer for the Festival Nieuwe Muziek 1998 and Agate Slice was commissioned for Xenakis Ensemble (The Netherlands).
Kim's widely acclaimed 90 minutes long cross-cultural mask dance drama, Dragon Bond Rite (1997), featured musicians and dancers from India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Tuva and the U.S., and was commissioned by the Japan Society through funds from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Production Fund, and presented at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and the Festival of Asian Art in Hong Kong. The Washington Post Review - Watch Video
Kim was Composer in Residence and International Conference Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy in 1996.
Kim’s Voices of Sigimse was premiered by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival 1996 with Kim as soloist and Tan Dun conducting. The New York Times Review
Kim’s Nong Rock for String Quartet and Komungo was commissioned by the Kronos
and premiered at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 1992. Los Angeles Times Review - Listen
In 1989 Kim was invited to the Composer-to-Composer Telluride Residency with John Cage and other leading composers. Photo