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Park Jiha (KR)

About Park Jiha

Park Jiha (born in 1985, Seoul, South Korea) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. She plays 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 mesmerising effects, marking transcultural change.

Park Jiha’s music is characterised by elements of minimalism, ambient music and free jazz, as well as influences from 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 can be gently calming, at times, then furious and stylistically challenging.

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

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