Ji Youn Kang, born in Seoul, South Korea in 1977, studied Music Composition at the Chu-Gye University of the Arts from 1998 to 2002 under Yong Shil Park. She moved to the Netherlands in 2006, and in 2008 achieved her master’s degree in Sonology 2nd phase in the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague under Paul Berg. From 2009 to 2011, she continued studying Composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Wim Henderickx and Jorrit Tamminga, where she received her second Master’s degree further exploring composing for instruments and electronics.
Most of her music pieces are composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism, and many of them are written for Wave Field Synthesis System (192 loudspeakers) playback, exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. She also composes live electronic pieces for both traditional and non-traditional instruments, ranging from a solo instrument to a large orchestra, exploring mostly the primitive, empowering rhythmical elements and the noisy sound sources involved in Korean ritual music.
Her pieces have been played in many different places and festivals including La Biennale di Venezia in Italy, the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Rewire Festival, Sonic Acts, STRP, TodaysArt, ModernBody, International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt in Germany, Sonar in Spain, Festival Archipel in Switzerland, sonADA in United Kingdom, SICMF in South Korea, Time of Music in Finland and Royaumont, Synthesis in France.
Ji will be presenting her work on an Azimuth concert at the iii workspace on October 27.