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Park Jiha

(KR)

Park Jiha (born 1985 in Seoul, South Korea) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. She plays, among others, the traditional Korean piri, a double reed bamboo flute, the yanggeum, a hammered dulcimer as well as the saenghwang, an impressive mouth organ constructed from 24 bamboo pipes, vertically mounted in a metal windchest. Her fascination for ancient instruments combined with her passion for lucid and highly contemporary compositions fill her music with unexpected and mesmerizing effects effects marking transcultural change.

Park Jiha’s music is characterized by elements of minimalism, ambient music and free jazz as well as influences by traditional Korean music, which is based on different sound layers and an unconventional interplay of space and time. During her performances she generates a musical flow which is both gentle and calm at times, then furious and stylistically challenging.

Park Jihs’s music reflect references to a wide canon of musicians from all over the world such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Jon Hassell, Michael Nyman and Laraaji. Thereby her Korean, non-Eurocentric point of view on the complexity of the surrounding world adds an appealing perspectival twist to her performances.
Park Jiha has released two albums so far, her self-produced debut album “Communion” (2016) and “Philos” (2019 on Tak:til/Glitterbeat). Her music inspires through an uneasy balance of energetic and adventurous moments, contrasting with soothing and comforting ones.

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