The World's Music at Oxford is a project which blends research into global musics with live performance. The concerts are free of charge and open to all.
  • Date 17 May 2019 - 7.30 p.m.
  • Location The Barn, St John's College

The World’s Music at Oxford is a project run at St John's College, Oxford, which blends research into global musics with live performance. Our concerts are open to all students of the University and members of the general public, and are all free of charge.

The project, created in 2016, is run by postgraduate students researching a wide range of global musics. It aims to provide a platform for voices and musical styles rarely heard in Oxford and to build new links between the University and the general public.

Our events showcase renowned performers from the UK and abroad. During the performances, the musicians also explain the characteristics and contexts of the works they perform.

Supported by: St John's College, Oxford. We are also grateful for previous support from the AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund, Oxford University Music Faculty, Exeter College, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the St John's MCR.

Ethnomusicologist and performer Hyelim Kim will perform a taegŭm (Korean flute) recital, accompanied by Cholong Sung on the kayagŭm (Korean zither).The taegŭm is a Korean traditional bamboo flute, which has been played in Korean court and folk cultures as well as a wide range of contemporary setting. Kim will show the tradition and modernity of Korean music through the unique sounds of this ancient instrument.

Hyelim KimKim has been performing professionally since 2000, specialising in traditional repertoire and various cross-over genres. She has produced five recordings and performed numerous solo recitals around the world. She is a regular member of the Third Orchestra (Barbican Centre) and the London-based contemporary band Club Inégales. Based on her belief that Korean heritage can act as an artistic inspiration for the contemporary and cosmopolitan environment of the UK, Kim has set up and leads the music and dance group, the Shilla Ensemble.

Kim is also currently a research fellow at Bath Spa University. She obtained her PhD in ethnomusicology from SOAS in 2014, where her dissertation was on the practice-as-research of Korean traditional music.

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