Asia Pacific Music Meeting 2021
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UlsanAPaMM Choice - Contemporary Music

Park Jiha 박지하

"Jiha displays not only her subtle arranging skill but also the capacity for instrumental music to express as much meaning and emotion as language" -The Guardian(Global album of the month)

  • Profile
    The music of composer/performer Park Jiha blends classical minimalism and improvised music with traditional Korean instruments like the Piri (double-reed bamboo flute), Saenghwang (bamboo mouth organ), and Yanggeum (hammered dulcimer).

    Deftly combining the instrumentation and complex expression of traditional Korean music with an array of contemporary forms and sounds, Park Jiha has staked her place in the international music scene over the last few years as the official showcase for The World Music Expo, WOMEX and Classical: NEXT.

    Trained in Korean traditional music, Park Jiha started her career by founding the duo 숨[su:m], which had a major impact upon the “new Korean music” scene.

    Her first solo album, Communion(2018, tak:til / Glitterbeat Records), pursued more distant sound traditions and an eclectic instrumental palette.

    Collaborating with musicians from different genres, the project pursues a form of experimental minimalism that rejects ornamentation in favor of a stark clarity and meticulous balance.

    Pitchfork said of the album, “Jiha’s gift is in her ability to skirt dull prettiness in favor of exploiting the edges of her instruments, yet not at the expense of tangible, straightforward melodies.” Recently, Park Jiha released her new album titled Philos(2019, tak:til / Glitterbeat Records) and has been performing it both in Korea and abroad.
  • Career
    2021 Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation-Art SPOT Series,〈Temporary Inertia〉 Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea.
    2020 AsiaTOPA Festival, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia
    2020 Barbican Centre presents program, LSO St Luke’s, London, UK
    2019 〈JihaSound〉 Namsan Gukakdang, Seoul, Korea
    2018 Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA
  • Award
    2022 Monheim Triennale selection, Monheim, Germany
    2017 Classical: NEXT’ Official selection, Rotterdam Netherlands
    2017 WOMEX‘ Official selection, Katowice, Poland
    2017 'RBMA(Red Bull Music Academy)' Seoul Bass Camp fellow
    2013 ‘One Beat’ fellow, supported by U.S. Department of State produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation
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