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Ding-Dong with Dong-Won Round 3: Dimensional Voice (with Jaap Blonk)

As part of Improviser-in-Residence Dong-Won Kim's 2014 residency, Musagetes and IISCI are pleased to present the third round in this ongoing improvisation series, a performance/workshop with Jaap Blonk and Dong-Won Kim. These two exceptional vocal performers will improvise solo and together, as well as interview each other. Bring open hearts, open minds, and your questions about improvisation and extended vocal technique. See you Wednesday, October 8th at 7 PM!

The event is physically accessible and admission is free.

Please save the date for upcoming workshops:

Ding-Dong 003: Dimensional Voice, with Jaap Blonk | Wednesday, October 8, 7-9 PM
Ding-Dong 004: Movement in Sound, Sound in Movement | Tuesday, October 21, 7-9 PM
Ding-Dong 005: When A Volcano Sings, with Pansori singer Bae, Il-Dong | Tuesday, November 4, 7-9 PM
Ding-Dong 006: Composition In Improvisation | Tuesday, November 18th, 7-9 PM
Ding-Dong 007: Homage To Silence | Tuesday, December 2nd, 7-9 PM

Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 21 available releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, My Dance The Skull, Monotype, Plant Migration Records, Elegua Records and Scumbag Relations.

Dong-Won Kim is a Korean percussionist, vocalist, composer, and improviser. He has studied Korean traditional music since 1984, including farmers’ drumming and dance, shaman music, and Pansori accompaniment. Dong Won Kim is an internationally recognized master of his form who has performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble Project. Dong-Won has taught at various institutions internationally including Harvard University, the Musikak-Ademie Basel, Switzerland and currently teaches music as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace