The Media and East Asia Project explores the emerging field of East Asian Media Studies through a series of collaborative workshops with the goal of exploring the interplay of area studies and media studies, and the dynamics of how media presents different histories of cultural production across the region.
The Center for East Asian Studies is excited to announce Part II of the project, entitled “The Music of Sound.” This workshop will consist of two panels, one on SOUND and the other on MUSIC. The division recognizes the different methodological approaches brought to bear on these categories, but also to facilitate discussion about the different ways these media circulate within and across cultural borders. We are especially interested in their circulation in regions and spaces peripheral or marginal to nation-states.
“The Music of Sound” Workshop will include documentary film screenings, as well as innovative performances by and discussions with world-renowned musicians Jin Hi Kim and Min Xiao-Fen, who each experiment with new approaches towards traditional East Asian instruments and musical genres.
Jin Hi Kim is internationally acclaimed innovative komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso and a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. Kim co-designed the world’s only electric komungo with interactive MAX/MSP program that represents an evolution of the instrument into the twenty-first century. Kim was featured on PRI’s The World, Voice of America, and BBC-Global Hit in recognition of her works that lead to a new direction incorporating a profound Asian cultural heritage with a balance of Eastern and Western aesthetics.
Min Xiao-Fen is hailed by the Village Voice as an artist who “has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future,” Ms. Min is a master of the pipa, a four-stringed, pear-shaped lute with a 2,000-year history. Known for her virtuosity and fluid style, Min has expanded her instrument’s possibilities as an element for contemporary composition, tacking fluidly between the extended techniques of free improvisation, jazz, full-on noise and contemporary classical vocabulary. More recently, she has begun to present her own wide-ranging explorations.
Free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the Global Voices Performing Arts Series and the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education.