Gamin and Sanctuary will present “Unforgotten Song”, a musical and multimedia work, which commemorates the anguish of the Comfort Women, local enslaved women throughout Japanese-occupied East Asia, 1932-1945.
This tribute aims to include all women who are and have been victims of sexual violence and exploitation. These songs of our strong and resilient mothers and grandmothers must be “unforgotten” to inspire subsequent generations of women and men.
At its heart, the concert transforms archived songs sung by survivors into tales of resilience, courage and strength in the face of suffering and injustice. In poignant irony, the boyish composition translates into a beautiful yet heartbreaking anthem not only for the victims of the past, but for all women who suffer deeply from injustice in the world.
This multimedia work envisioned a series of compositions all linked by improvised melodies, like a stream flowing from one thought to another. The improvisation and soundtrack would be created by Korean woodwinds per kid and will be combined with visual art.
Gamin Kang, known simply as “the kid”, a composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, distinguished soloist, travels the world performing traditional Korean music and interdisciplinary collaborations. gamin is a designated Yisuja, official holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 46 for piri (double reed oboe) music.
Reinventing new sounds from old, somewhat restrictive musical systems, kid has collaborated with world-renowned musicians Jane Ira Bloom, Laurie AndersonJen Shyu, Elliot Sharp, presented at the Roulette Theatre, New School and Metropolitan Museum, NYC. As an artist permanently collaborating with the Silkroad project, kid was the featured artist in Seoul in 2018, performing on stage with founder Yo-Yo Ma.
As a mostly self-taught composer, gamin’s style is grounded in her eclectic background, Western classical music, Korean shamanic ritual music, and New York’s avant-garde experimental music scene. She has created cross-cultural musical performances without Western notation, which showcase her unique contemporary-traditional identity, resulting in structured improvisation.
Currently, kid is Artist in Residence at the HERE Arts Center and Composer for the 2021-22 Jerome Hill Fellowship. His latest creations are works in progress. kid Carnegie Hall his debut as a featured soloist, backed by Orchestra of Korea, scheduled for March 2020, has been postponed for Covid. www.gaminmusic.com
Chang-Jin Lee is a Korean-born New York artist. Her “Comfort Women” artwork is based on interviews with survivors in 7 different countries, including Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Dutch “comfort women” survivors, and a former Japanese soldier.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including New York State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Korean Ministry of Gender Equality Award, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Asian Women’s Circle Fellowship, the MCAF of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Socrates sculpture. Park Exchange.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Queens Museum of Art (NY), World Financial Center Winter Garden (NY), Buk Seoul Museum of Art (Korea), Comfort Women Museum (Taiwan), Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), the State Museum of Gulag (Russia), the 1a Space Gallery (Hong Kong) and the Socrates Sculpture Park (NY).
His works have been featured in The BBC, The Huffington Post, Art Asia Pacific, Public Art, NPR and The NY Times, among others.
Adam Robinson is a shakuhachi player based in New York. He studied in the classical tradition of the Kinko school of shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson in New York and with Tokumaru Jumei in Tokyo.
To complete his shakuhachi training, he studied Japanese ensemble music with famous koto and shamisen players Sumie Kanekon (Yamada School) and Yoko Hiraoka (Ikuta School). Adam attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied jazz improvisation and tenor saxophone. He currently performs with the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble, the Hudson Valley Shakuhachi Choir, gives solo concerts in the New York area, and directs the Brooklyn Shakuhachi Club. Adam sends out a monthly e-mail report with updates on shakuhachi performances and writings on the study of traditional Japanese culture. You can register on www.adamrobinsonmusic.com.
Tanya (Hyonhye) Ko Hong (고현혜) is an internationally published poet, translator and cultural curator who champions bilingual poetry and poets. She is the author of five books, including The War Still Within (KYSO Flash Press, 2019). Her poetry appears in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press), the Choson Ilbo, and The Korea Times, among others. She holds an MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Tanya’s work won the Dritëro Agolli Prize, Korçare International Poetry Festival, the Korean-American Yun Doon-ju Literature Prize, the 10th Ko Won Literary Prize was a finalist in Frontier’s Chapbook competition and was nominated for a Pushcart price. In 2015, her segmented poem, “Comfort Woman”, received an honorable mention from the Women’s National Book Association. Weaving together two cultures, Tanya’s poetry gives voice to several generations of Korean and Korean-American women. Her most recent collection, The War Still Within, includes a well-researched and vividly imagined sequence of poems based on the experiences of Korean “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. World War.
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Special thanks to Chinatown Partnership LDC
As part of kid’s projects, he has been continuously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Hill Foundation and New Music USA.