JOHN CAGE TRIBUTE: Kyong Mee Choi

Kyong Mee Choi on Cage: John Cage's interest in music and art influenced my multidisciplinary approach to the creative process.

Gestural Trajectory for 2 pianos and percussion 2005 (score) Gestural Trajectory (recording) Biography

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John Cage's interest in music and art influenced my multidisciplinary approach to the creative process. His openness to musical sound sources also inspired me to expand my choices of sonority. As the title indicates, Gestural Trajectory is based on gestural motion from drawings that are inserted in the score. I created each drawing as a compositional tool and experimented with the interaction of image and sound. The main impetus of this piece is to translate gestural movement from image to sound, incorporating both into one art form.


Gestural Trajectory for 2 pianos and percussion 2005 (score) pdf

Gestural Trajectory (recording)



Biography

Kyong Mee Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, received several prestigious awards and grants including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Aaron Copland Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, First prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, Second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Honorary Mentions from Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, Musica Nova, Society of Electroacoustic Music of Czech Republic, Luigi Russolo International Competition, and Destellos Competition. She was a Finalist of the Contest for the International Contemporary Music Contest "Citta' di Udine and Concurso Internacional de Composicai eletroacoustica in Brazil among others. Her compositions have been performed at the international venues including the Australasian Computer Music Conference, Musica Contemporanea in Ecuador, International Computer Music Conference, Electroacoustic Musical Festival in Santiago de Chile, MUSICA NOVA, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, College Music Society among others. Her music was published at SCI, EMS, ERM, SEAMUS, Détonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France) and CIMESP (São Paulo, Brazil).


Choi received a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.M. from Georgia State University and a B.S. in chemistry and science education from Ewha Womans University. She studied Korean literature in a master’s program at Seoul National University in South Korea. She teaches music composition and electro-acoustic music at Roosevelt University in Chicago.


Samples of her works are available at kyongmeechoi.com

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