Jin Hi Kim
Jin Hi Kim is an innovative komungo virtuoso credited for introducing komungo (geomungo) to the American contemporary music scene. She has developed her compositional concept “Living Tones” emerging from Korean traditional music in cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions. Kim focuses on producing multimedia works that involve the interfacing of Asian traditional instruments with emerging interactive technology. She plays the only electric komungo with live interactive MIDI computer system in her large-scale multimedia performance pieces.
At CultureHub, Jin Hi Kim developed Ghost Komungobot, which explores emerging interactive technology interfaced with traditional Korean instruments. This interdisciplinary performance is a collaboration with acclaimed visualist Benton C Bainbridge. The artists used digital signal processing of Kim’s electric komungo, computer listening, and gesture recognition to create compositional and improvisational structures that interacted in real-time through MAX/MSP software. The work is a reflection of emerging aspects of American and Korean culture including robots, artificial intelligence, and explorations of multidimensional space in the universe.