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Jin Hi Kim
Jin Hi Kim
with guitarists Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, David First, Henry Kaiser, Hans Reichel and Elliott Sharp

Duets for the Korean komungo (an ancient zither like instrument) and guitar by one of the most respected composers for the instrument and some guitarists that have redefined where the fronge begins.
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Jin Hi Kim began studying the instrument at the age of thirteen years old. During this post-war period, traditional Korean music was almost completely eliminated with few remaining musicians and very few students to continue the tradition. Ms. Kim at the suggestion of her father began to study but remembers that most of the public scorned the study of the traditional music with most parents aspiring to have their children learn Western music especially the piano, violin and voice. In 1993, she entered the National High School for Traditional Music as a full scholarship student and several years later Seoul National University’s Department of Traditional Music. During high school she studied with master teachers who in later years were designated as National Living Treasures by the Korean government.

Ms. Kim came to the San Francisco in 1980 and began her Western music studies initially at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where the composer John Adams was one of her teachers. Subsequently she received a MFA degree from Mills College with a major in Electronic Music and Composition. At Mills she took courses and studied with a number of leading American composers including Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and David Rosenbloom among others. After graduation she received a commission from the Kronos Quartet for Linking for String Quartet. During this period she also began introducing the komungo into American improvised music and avant-garde music performing with a wide array of musicians including James Newton, guitarist Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp and eventually Derek Bailey, Bill Frisell, Eugene Chadbourne, Hans Reichel and numerous musicians throughout Europe and the United States.

In March, 2001, Ms. Kim presented the World Premiere of Eternal Rock for Komungo and Orchestra with Dennis Russell Davies conducting the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Jin Hi Kim can also be heard on No World Improvisations (OO #2), No World Trio Improvisations (OO #4), Living Tones (OO #24) (available by special order from cdRoots) and Komungo (OO #70).

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