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Improviser-in-Residence 2014: Dong-Won Kim

The Improviser-in-Residence Program: Our Fourth Year

This fall promises to be full of talking, playing, wrestling, dancing, singing, observing, and debating about improvisation! Musagetes and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community are excited to host world-renowned Korean percussionist Dong-Won Kim in Guelph as our 2014 Improviser-in-Residence.

Over a span of four months, Dong-Won Kim will be bringing together musicians, artists, dancers, writers, designers, illustrators, choirs, bands, orchestras, and classes, through improvisatory music and dance. Weekly drop-in sessions will be ongoing moments for experimenting, learning, sharing, and debating. Dong-Won will also hold workshops with community groups in Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo. The meetings in the fall will culminate in a collaborative public performance in November 2014. For ongoing news and updates stay tuned to this site!

As part of his residency, Dong-Won will hold frequent workshop sessions entitled "Ding-Dong with Don-Won." These sessions are free to attend, and require no previous experience. Participants and audiences of all kinds are welcome. These sessions are held at 46 Essex Street, Guelph, in the Silence space. Please see below for a list of dates and times.

Artist Bio

Since 1984, Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer’s drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompaniment, and music theory from great Korean music masters. By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world. Kim currently teaches music online as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University. He has also written several fairy tales for children and was featured in a music documentary film, Intangible Asset Number 82 (2009).

Launch Event

The launch event for Don-Won Kim's residency was held Thursday, August 28th, 2014 from 7-9pm. This event featured an on-stage interview (Dong-Won Kim interviewed by Daniel Fischlin) and a performance featuring Dong-Won Kim, Jeff Cairns, and Jeff Bird.

Select Performances and Events

  • August 28 2014, 7-10pm: Launch event
  • September 9 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 1: Planting a Seed
  • September 11 2014, 7:30-8:30pm: Dong-Won Kim and Jeff Bird at the eBar
  • September 23 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 2: Rhythm for Designing Spaces
  • September 25 2014, 12:00pm: Thursday at Noon Concert (University of Guelph, Mackinnon Bldg)
  • October 8 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 3: Dimensional Voice with Jaap Blonk
  • October 21 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 4: Movement in Sound, Sound in Movement
  • November 4 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 5: When a Volcano Sings with Bae Il-Dong
  • November 18 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 6: Composition in Improvisation
  • November 29 2014, 6-10pm: Final Performance: Dong-Won with Collaborators
  • December 2 2014, 7-9pm: Ding-Dong with Dong-Won 7: Homage to Silence

Ding-Dong sessions are free and open to the public, and are held at Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph. Participants of all kinds (including audiences!) are invited to join in the fun. No experience necessary.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.