BIO

    Ji-hye Kim is a traditional Korean percussionist, composer, and arranger. At the age of 8, Ji-hye has started to learn how to play the Jang-gu (Korean traditional hourglass drum) and joined Children’s troupe of Traditional Performing Arts in Jinhae to perform locally. She has won number of awards from various renowned performing art competitions as a member of the troupe. In order to study the percussions more in depth, Ji-hye has started attending National High School of Traditional Korean Arts to be trained in percussion techniques used in Pung-mul (traditional style of Korean percussions) and Samulnori (contemporary style of Korean percussions).

    After her graduation, Ji-hye attended Korea National University of Arts(K-Arts) and majored in Korean Traditional Performing Arts to study professionally. She was trained by Kim, Duk-Soo (the founder and grandmaster of Samulnori) in Samulnori and Gyeonggi-do Dang Gut (shaman music played in Gyeonggi province). Ji-hye further devoted herself into studying different styles of Pung-mul, Talchum (masked dance), and shaman music to understand their regional characteristics and nuances. While in school, Ji-hye performed with Kim, Duk-Soo to develope her expertise as a skilled and established percussionist. 

    After graduating K-arts, Ji-hye utilized her expertise in traditional performing arts and has been active in both playing and composing for dance, theatrical, and musical performances. From these experiences, she has developed interest and curiosity in how the elements of Korean traditional music can be synthesized with various genres of other performing arts over the years. She has moved to the United States to study abroad and to experience other genres of music firsthand. Ji-hye is currently studying Jazz Composition in Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and is also actively playing as a percussionist. 

  

2019    

  • Percussionist / New and Old Music for a Korean Traditional Ensemble : Seoul-New York Connections / New York University, New York, NY / 2019

  • Percussionist / The Suit : Seoul and New York Connections / Bronx Community College, The Bronx, NY / 2019 

  • Percussionist / The Suit : Seoul and New York Connections / The Korea Society, New York, NY / 2019

  • Percussionist / The 14th Korean Dance & Music Night / Korean Community Center, Tenafly, NJ / 2019

  • Percussionist / Lecture Concert (with Gamin) / Brandeis University, Waltham, MA / 2019

  • Composer / Musical“하늘로 간 청.춘.팥” / Kangwonland Casa Cinema, Jeongseon, South Korea / 2019

 

2018 

  • Composer / Musical “하늘로 간 청.춘.팥” / CKL Stage, Seoul, South Korea / 2018 

  • Percussionist / Contour of Mask Dance / Folk Theater Pung-Ryu, Seoul, South Korea / 2018

  • Percussionist / Korean Traditional Music Festival / Promise Church, Flushing, NY / 2018

  • Percussionist / Korean Traditional Music Festival / Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ / 2018

  • Percussionist / Korean Traditional Music Festival / Anneberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA / 2018

  • Percussionist / Korean Cultural Festival Boston 2018 / The Korean Church of Boston, Boston, MA / 2018

  • Percussionist / Light & Beat : Art of Korean Drumming / Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY / 2018 

  • Percussionist / K-NIGHT 2018 / Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA / 2018

 

~ 2017   

  • Percussionist and  Keyboardist / D-SOUND / Seochon space SEORO, Seoul, South Korea / 2017                      

  • Composer / Musical “하늘로 간 청.춘.팥”  / Taebaek Arts Center, Taebaek, South Korea / 2017

  • Percussionist /Pyeong-Chang Winter Nan-Jang "GTA of Performing Arts”  / Pyeongchang, South Korea / 2016 

  • Composer / Musical “하늘로 간 청.춘.팥.”  / Arco Art Theater, Seoul, South Korea / 2016

  • Percussionist and Educator  / Dream Project Workshop / Institute Kesenian Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia  / 2016

  • Percussionist / BK Jung’s Dance Project "The Arts of Travel"  /  Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, South Korea / 2015

  • Percussionist  / Musical “GTA of Performing Arts” /  National Gugak Center, Seoul, South Korea / 2015

  • Percussionist / Concert “문화사랑나눔”  / Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, South Korea / 2014

  • Percussionist / Yeon-Hee Healing Concert / Nowon Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea / 2013 

  • Percussionist and Performer / Musical “Unemployed” /  Seoul Namsan Gugakdang, Seoul, South Korea / 2013

  • Percussionist / Musical “뛸판, 살판, 놀판” /  Busan National Gugak Center, Busan, South Korea / 2013

  • Percussionist / Yohangza’s “Twelfth Night” Seoul Namsan Gugakdang, Seoul, South Korea / 2011

  • Percussionist / 1st Place,  BK Jung’s “Thank you”  at  Dance Festival  for the Critics' Choice of Young Artists 2011 /  Arco Art Theater, Seoul, South Korea / 2011  

  • Guest Artist / Glam Up a Global Rhythm Festival Miami University, Oxford, OH / 2011

  • Percussionist /1st Place,  BK Jung’s “On the Road” at ACT Festival /  Bilbao, Spain / 2010 

  • Percussionist and Performer / Viva Korea FantasyGwanghwamun Art Hall, Seoul, South Korea / 2008 

  • Percussionist and Performer / Master Kim Duk-soo’s  “The 50th Anniversary Performance – Life of an Artist” / Chung-mu Arts Center,  Seoul, South Korea / 2007