Friday, November 25, 2016
Two Shows: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
$20 per concert
GigSpace is very excited to host this duo concert with Ottawa’s master -percussionist Jesse Stewart and Korean master-percussionist Dong-Won Kim.
Master percussionist, steeped in the musical traditions of Korea. Since 1984, he has studied various forms of traditional Korean percussion music including farmer’s drumming and dance, shamanic music, and Pansori accompaniment. He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, and many other countries. He is a member of “The Silk Road Ensemble,” led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma who describes Dong-Won as follows: “Every pore of his being is devoted to expressing the deep emotion he feels for traditional Korean culture. Its philosophy, physicality and spirituality are organic to Dong-Won’s art. It is an inspiration to make music with him.” Dong-Won has helped to forge new possibilities for Korean music, performing with many international musicians steeped in idioms including western classical music, jazz, and creative improvised music.
As the Director of Research & Education for the Samulnori Hanullim Organization (1994-2004), he wrote teaching material about Korean traditional music, as well as children’s books, including The Story of Samulnori, a creative story about the origins of Samulnori, a genre of Korean percussive music. Dong-won also stars in the documentary film Intangible Asset Number 82 (2008), which has been screened around the world at many international film festivals and is the recipient of numerous awards including “Best Documentary of 2009” at the Durban International Film Festival. He is a practitioner in ‘Taepyongmu’ (the 97th Korean intangible cultural asset). Since 1996, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland. At present he is an associate professor at Wonkwang Digital University, Korea. In 2014, he was the improviser-in-residence through the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation in Guelph, Canada.
Award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, sound artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, and educator dedicated to re imagining the spaces between artistic and academic disciplines.
His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” JUNO award. He has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries from around the world including Jacques Israelievitch (former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony), William Parker (acclaimed New York City jazz bassist, described as “the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz” by the Boston Globe), Pauline Oliveros (called the “godmother of American experimentalist music” by New Yorker magazine), Evan Parker (one of the founders of European free improvisation), Hamid Drake (master drummer and percussionist), Roswell Rudd (legendary jazz trombonist), Jane Bunnett (multiple Juno winner and Grammy nominee), Ernst Reijseger (Dutch cello virtuoso), Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (one of the world’s foremost tabla virtuosos), Dong-Won Kim (master Korean percussionist and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble), and many others. He performs regularly with Stretch Orchestra (with Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck), the Sonoluminescence Trio (with David Mott and William Parker), the Stream Quartet (with David Mott, Peter Lutek, and Justin Gray), and in various groups under his own leadership.