Jin Hi Kim transforms the komungo with digital processing, performing on stages around the world with Bainbridge’s projections. On the first day of the Year of the Horse, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented Digital Buddha in conjunction with “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom”. Digital Buddha begins with a contemplative hypnotic video Mandala and the ancient 4th century Korean komungo that is grounded in Buddhist meditation. The multimedia collaboration gradually moves into a live video mix with extraordinary juxtapositions, fast cut swirling images of a deconstructed electric komungo and Kim’s hands that become a reconfigured live performance through contemporary digital processes.

Digital Buddha is a 70-minute multimedia performance featuring video mixed with extraordinary juxtapositions, fast cut swirling images of a deconstructed electric komungo, and more. Digital Buddha was developed in residencies at Eyebeam, Voom LAB HD and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space. Bainbridge has performed visuals live with Kim at Swing Space and the Korean Festival in Seoul. Bainbridge’s projection design has accompanied Kim’s shows at performances around the world, at Korean Festival, Expo Cibao (Dominican Republic), Expo Zaragoza (Spain), Art & Ideas Festival (New Haven), Detroit Institute of Arts, Festival Salihara (Indonesia), Bandung International Digital Art Festival (Indonesia), Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), Roulette (NYC), University of Michigan, Asian Pacific Festival at Stanford University and many other places.

Jin Hi Kim is an internationally acclaimed innovative komungo virtuoso and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow in Composition. Jin Hi Kim introduced the indigenous komungo (a Korean 4th century fretted board zither) for the first time into the Western contemporary music scene through her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, orchestra, intercultural ensembles, multi-media, and avant-garde improvisations. She also co-designed the world’s first and only electric komungo. Kim’s autobiography Komungo Tango, a 25-year journey of creative collaborations with master musicians around the world, was published in Seoul, S. Korea.

During the past three decades, Kim has performed as soloist in her own compositions and improvisations at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), and many significant new music festivals, jazz festivals, museums and universities throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, South America, Russia, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Kim received an Award for Music Composition from the Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, which was created by John Cage and Jasper Johns to support innovative creative work in the arts. She is a recipient of the American Composers Orchestra Composer Fellowship, Wolff Ebermann Prize for the International Theater Institute, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, MAP fund from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet The Composer US Commission as well as artist residence fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy, Asian Cultural Council to Japan, Djerassi Foundation, California, and Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University. An interview about Kim’s electric komungo and performance were featured on KBS-TV Korean National Broadcasting System, Arirang TV -Global Broadcasting, MBC-TV, and YTN National TV in S. Korea.

Kim’s komungo solo works represent an evolution of the instrument into the 21st century. Her mesmerizing new komungo compositions are imbued with a meditative and vivid energy. Kim has created live interactive performance pieces with a MIDI computer system using MAX/MSP.

Kim has performed as a soloist for her compositions with Kronos Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony, KBS Symphony (S. Korea), Empire State Youth Orchestra and many others.

In three decades of creative activity, she has worked in improvisational forms with traditional music masters from Asia, India and Africa and performed in a free improvisation context at many international festivals with prominent Western avant-garde improvisers. Kim’s cross-cultural works lead to new directions, incorporating a profound Asian cultural heritage with a balance of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Her intercultural collaborations utilize ancient Asian traditions of drum, voice and mask dance with contemporary aesthetics and Western technology: Dong Dong Touching The Moons, a 70 minutes long multi-media lunar ritual, won the Wolff Ebermann Prize for the International Theater Institute Conference in Munich, Germany. Kim’s widely acclaimed 90-minute cross-cultural mask dance drama, Dragon Bond Rite, featured musicians and dancers from India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Tuva and the U.S., Both productions were presented at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and international venues.

Kim has been featured on interviews and performances on Korean National KBS TV and Radio, MBC-TV, Arirang Global TV, YTN-National TV, BBC Radio, PBS in New York; CPTV and WNPR in Connecticut; KPFA and KQED in San Francisco; RAI in Rome, Italy; ABC in Sydney, Australia; DRS in Switzerland; KCUR in Montreal; CBC-TV in Vancouver; VPRO in Holland and many others.