gamin is one of the most celebrated piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family)
and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument) performers in Korea today.
From 2000 to 2010, she was a member and assistant principal player of the
Contemporary Gukak Orchestra at the National Gukak Center, the hub for training and
preserving Korean traditional music.
Solidly trained in jeongak, the classical court music, gamin also studied the techniques
of sinawi, the shaman ritual music. Due to her virtuosity, she can play from the very
authentic jeongak and sinawi to contemporary music with electronic sounds as well. The
music director of the National Changgeuk Company, YOO Young-Dae describes her
music as “free-spirited in restrain, delicate in bluntness, and sorrow in bliss.”
Interesting in creating her own music, she has released three albums. Her first
album, “Attraction” was made to popularize the piri to the general public.
The “Juxtaposition,” the second, explores the harmony between an oriental instrument,
the piri and western instrument marimba. The third album, “Progression” contains
more progressive contemporary music that features a variety of instruments including
Today, she experiments and expands her musical realm to interdisciplinary projects in
collaboration with international artists. The most recent project, "Pal-eum (Eight Tones)"
produces a series of art projects in new formality. In the first series, she utilized the
structure of a museum as a multi-complex concert hall to feature synthesizer, fashion,
and video art. YOON Jung-Gang, a renowned music critic, acclaimed that the museum
became the place of deep enchantment transcending the time and space by gamin’s
Dreaming to be on upscale global stages, she has been a recipient of several cultural
exchange programs. She was a recipient of a residency program grant from the Ministry
of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in 2011 and had toured for lecture concerts at Harvard
University, Northwestern University, Dartmouth University, and the others. She gave
a solo recital at Bennett Media Studio* and recorded improvisational works with
local musicians in New York. Stepping forth, she has been invited by governmental
organizations of France and Germany, and performed in Paris, Strasbourg, Freibrug, and
Karlsruhe in 2011.
Currently, as a yisuja* of the Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 46 for piri and
Daechita, she tries to preserve traditional music, and enhances the tradition as well. In
addition to her artistic endeavor, her academic pursuit has led her to be a Ph. D. candidate
in traditional music at Seoul National University and writes her own column for the
magazine, “Arts and Culture.”
*yisuja is a title designated to someone who mastered a course study of intangible
cultural assets of Korea. jeonsuja is a lower title.
Jeff Roberts is a composer-improviser and sound artist working in interdisciplinary acoustic and electroacoustic contexts. His music explores relationships between different music styles and cultures. Described as ‘bewitching’ and ‘delicately affecting’ by the Boston Globe and Boston Music Intelligencer, Roberts’ music has been performed and commissioned worldwide by ensembles such as Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus, Eighth Blackbird, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Emex, Ensemble Interface, Wet Ink, Microcosmos, Music From China, Duo Antwerp and IO Ensemble. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Grant, Franz Goethe Stiftung Grant and his compositions have been awarded the Kaske Prize from the Wellesley Composer’s Conference, winner of the 2008 Bent Frenquency Competition and finalist selections in Città di Udine, Music07/Eighth Blackbird and Ensemble Et Cetra composition competitions. He has been awarded artist residencies The Banff Center, Molin a Nef France, Avaloch Farm, Jack Straw Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation and the STEIM Foundation.
Rooted in his studies in Beijing with guqin master Li Xiangting, Dr. Roberts performs professionally on guqin in solo and collaborative improvised contexts, often using sensor-interactive live electronics. He has performed with Music From China, members of Silk Road Ensemble, gamin (piri), Kaoru Watanabe (fue & taiko), Hadi Eldebek (oud) and Wu Na (guqin). He co-founded the East Asian improvisation ensemble ‘PAN Project’ with piri master gamin, which will tour the US and Canada in 2016-17.
As a sound artist, Dr. Roberts specializes in interactive soundscape composition and improvisation, integrating original and reconstructed field recordings into chamber music ensemble and sound installation projects. In collaboration with Seattle-based installation artist Roger Feldman, they have been awarded a Jack Straw Foundation New Media Gallery residency in Seattle to develop and present an interactive soundscape installation tited ‘The New Landscape’, to be shown in June-August 2017. He also collaborates with Bogota, Colombia-based performance artist Adriana Rojas-Pretel on projects involving live-interactive sound and shadow theatre performance. They will present a new project in Bogota in 2017.
Dr. Roberts founded and directs the Music Beyond The Moongate International Chamber Music Festival held at Yishu8 House of Art and the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He holds a PhD in Music Composition and Theory from Brandies University, and M.M. in Composition from Boston University and a B.M. in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music. Dr. Roberts has taught at Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, Tufts University Experimental College and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition at Williams College. He currently teaches in the Music and the East Asian Studies Departments at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
Wang Ying-chieh is no doubt the most celebrated Erhu player of her generation; her repertoire includes traditional Classics, contemporary compositions and crossover productions. She is also instructor of Erhu at the National Taiwan University of Arts since 2007.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ying-chieh started her musical training on the piano, violin and composition at her early age. She started learning Erhu at the age of 8. Her erhu teachers include Pu-Ying Chang, Yum-Tin Lin, Chun-Ming Liu, Hsuan-Ho Chen, Pai-Yung Hsiao in Taiwan; also distinguished Erhu performers and educators from Beijing and Shanghai as George Gao, Ma Xiaohui, Zhou Yanchen and Yan Jiemin.
In 2002, Ying-chieh instructed by Professor Yum-Tin Lin and completed her master’s degree in Erhu performance at the graduate institute of Arts of Chinese Culture University. During her study at the graduate institute, she held her debut solo performance at the National Recital Hall in Taiwan.
In 2005, Ying-chieh joined the Taipei Chinese Orchestra; later she became its Erhu Principle until 2012. She also has performed as soloist with the National Taiwan Chinese Orchestra, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Taipei-Zanying Chinese Orchestra and the Kinmen Chinese Orchestra. In 2009, she performed Wang Jienming’s Erhu Rhapsody No.1 with the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre II and Taipei Chinese Orchestra, a production of the Taipei Arts Festival. In 2011 she was invited to perform Wu Houyuan’s Red Plum Capriccio with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Regensburg, Germany. In 2012 she presented several compositions written for Erhu and Western instruments at the MAS (Musique d’aujourd’hui en scène) festival in Paris and Lyon, France.
is a Brooklyn based composer and musician, specializing on the Japanese taiko drum and shinobue flutes. He has collaborated with such luminaries as National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, So Percussion, Adam Rudolph, Kenny Endo, Stefon Harris, Kiyohiko Semba, Alicia Hall Moran, Tatsuya Nakatani, TaikOz, Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Imani Uzuri, calligrapher Kakinuma Koji, visual artist Simone Leigh and has performed his compositions at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Kabukiza, Minamiza, Blue Note NYC and has performed in all 47 prefectures in Japan. Kaoru is an instructor for kaDON, an online taiko and fue resource presented by preeminent taiko maker Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo. Kaoru has been visiting lecturer at Princeton University since 2010 and has taught courses at Wesleyan University and Colby and Dickinson Colleges.
Kaoru was born in St. Louis, MO to symphony musician parents. In 1997, after graduating from the Manhattan School of Music with a BFA in jazz flute and saxophone performance and performing with New York’s Soh Daiko, Kaoru moved to Japan and joined the internationally renowned taiko drum ensemble Kodo. Based in Sado Island in the Niigata prefecture, Kaoru toured across the globe with Kodo, performing the taiko, traditional Japanese folk dance and song, and especially the various fue (bamboo flute) such as the noh kan, ryuteki and shinobue. From 2005 to 2007, Kaoru served as one of Kodo’s artistic directors, focussing on their world music festival Earth Celebration. During this festival, he directed shows that combined music, dance, and visual arts and that featured such luminaries as Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hildalgo, Carlos Nunez, jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita and casts comprised of West African stilt dancers, tap and contemporary dancers, traditional Japanese folk dance, live calligraphy, break dance, capoeira and of course the taiko. Also during and since his time with Kodo, Kaoru worked closely with legendary Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo, an experience that had a profound effect on his artistic growth.
In late 2006 Kaoru left Kodo and returned to NY to teach and continue performing fue, western flute and taiko in a variety of musical and artistic settings. Recent projects have taken him across the US, Canada, Japan, Mongolia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Honduras, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, France and Puerto Rico.
Woonjung Sim, the winner of World Music Award (2009) and Experimental Spirit Award (2010) of the 21st Century Korean Music Project Competition organized by Korean government, is a percussionist who has been recognized for her excellent musical talent and accomplishments nationwide. Woonjung was recently funded by the grant of Artist-in-residency through Korean government for seeking a new direction of Korean music in New York City in 2011. While living in New York City, she held improvisational music concerts such as in Clemente Soto Velez, Vaudeville Park, Downtown Music gallery, and Zebulon with various musicians that she met in the city. She also recorded and released her album with the members of an ensemble, Janya that she organized as a principal player and a composer, and debuted in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Active as a percussionist, Woonjung played in a concert tour for celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Seoul National University across five cities in the US in 2005, and successfully performed in the Smithsonian Museums, Washington, DC in 2008. In 2010, she also participated in the International Symposium "Inheritance of Folk Culture" held at Akita University in Japan, and the International Country Music Week, Zhangjiajie, china. And she has participated in the Asia Improvisation Arts Exchange annually since 2013. Woonjung began her formal musical training in Korean traditional percussion at the age of ten and was fortunate to learn various instruments and musical skills such as the piano, flute, guitar and vocal that made her a versatile musician not only in Korean traditional music but also in the circumstances of working in theater music, contemporary music, or improvisation. In 2010-2011 She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to pursue her Master's degree at Seoul National University.