Open Mind, Active Thinking

The Impact of Aesthetics, Politics, Philosophy and New Emergences in Current Electronic Music and all its surroundings.

Our invited speakers: Mariette Groot and Ji Youn Kang

April 12 2016, at 19:30 CET
VARESEZAAL – Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag

Ji Youn Kang (photo by florian cramer)

Ji Youn Kang (Seoul, Korea) is a composer, sound artist and noisist based in The Hague. She moved to The Netherlands in 2006 and achieved her Masters’ degree both in Sonology at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and in Composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her objectives and interests revolve around the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and cultural elements using materials from Korean music as well as newly created sounds. Most of her music pieces have been composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism, and many of them were written for the WFS system (192 loudspeakers), exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. At the same time she has been composing Live Electronic music pieces for both traditional and non-traditional/newly built instruments, ranging from a solo instrument to a large orchestra, exploring mostly the primitive, empowering rhythmical elements and the noisy sound sources that the Korean ritual music involves.

Mariëtte Groot runs a mobile store called Underbelly, offering records, books, magazines, films and small musical instruments. This collection is curated with a focus on contemporary and historical avant-garde, experiment, do-it-yourself mentality and eccentricity. A focus extended to making live programmes, for example a series of all-female multidisciplinary events at WORM, Rotterdam.

Mariëtte Groot (photo by anne wellmer)

Find out more at the Facebook event here.