Produced by Rob Shipster
Hyelim Kim is a taegŭm performer, composer and researcher. She is opening new possibilities for Korean music by using a traditional instrument, the taegŭm, as a tool to promote exchange with different musical cultures. Kim is currently a PhD student at SOAS, University of London, where she is exploring potentials for the globalization of Korean music. ‘Shower of Sparks’ is her first experimental collaboration with Rob Shipster, invoking haunting soundscapes that blur the boundary between real acoustic and surreal electronic worlds.
Kim is receiving attention for taking a leading role in breathing new life into Korean traditional music. She was selected as Pioneering Artist of 2009-2010 by the Korean Arts Council and Kumho Young Artist for 2006. She was awarded the New York Omi Residency in 2009 and was invited as a musician for a live session on BBC Radio 3’s celebrated Late Junction in December 2012. She has given many performances abroad, including three recitals at the 2High Festival (Australia), the Omi World Music Concert (New York), the Sori Art Electroacoustic Concert (Australia), at NZEMS (New Zealand), Ethno Sweden (Sweden), Fest der Innenhöfe (Germany) and World Classics (England). In her research, Kim systematically charts traditional Korean music. She has taken part in a number of international conferences including Cultural Diversity in Music Education (Australia), Asian Musical and Visual Cultures (Australia), International Council for Traditional Music (Korea), New Zealand Electroacoustic Music Symposium (New Zealand), Society for Ethnomusicology (America), British Forum for Ethnomusicology (UK), Past, Present and Future: The Diversity and Distinctiveness of Korean Music and Dance (UK).