My Awarded Projects
Glass Works: new music inspired by the stained-glass artistry of Judith Schaechter
Commissioning project between fivebyfive and the Memorial Art Gallery, with open rehearsals and a premiere concert among the artworksCreated By: fivebyfive
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Jung Sun KangNew York, NY
Described as “beautiful, ethereal and heartfelt” (Kapravola Society Journal), composer and pianist Jung Sun Kang’s music seeks a balance between wild imaginations from many different cultures and a firm belief in classical music’s structural tradition. Jung Sun has received awards from Faber Residency, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Willapa Bay, New York Council on the Arts, and British Harpsichord Society. Her music is recorded on the ArtistShare, Centaur, Delos, University of Chicago and Prima Facie labels.
Imagine you are a composer, and you are locked in a room with a huge window and a piano for 10 days, and all you can see is a rainy forest through the window. I was literally in this situation when I was asked to write a piece for 9 players in 10 days by Tanglewood Music Center this summer. Guess which tune you will end up thinking of when you are alone in a room with the piano and a view of rain? I wrote the whole piece based on this particular tune and put it backwards.
When I was commissioned to write a duo for saxophone and clarinet, I knew right away that I wanted to write a piece that starts with an introduction sounding like jazz, but turns into something else at the end. That was the idea which I started.
As I spent time writing the piece, I began to think these two instruments as two individuals. I imagined two people (instruments) who share some similarities and differences attracting each other and then drifting apart.
Robert Rauschenberg’s DyLaby (Dynamic Labyrinth) has been one of my favorite paintings from my teenage years. I always wanted to compose something based on its wildness, thick textures, and charisma driven by pop-culture imagery (the most important part of the painting is a red coca-cola emblem.)
When I was commissioned to write a duo for violin and piano, I finally decided to write something inspired by the edgy and charismatic imagery from the painting.