REVIEWS
 

"...The most fascinating and beautiful segment came after intermission, a commissioned piece by "Jacqueline" Jeeyoung Kim called "Tryst". In this piece, Korean musician Juhyun Kim played Kayagum and sang, according to Yo-Yo Ma, of "the yearning and anguish of courtly love." Yo-Yo Ma and oboist Jeannette Bittar accompanied her, offering delicate melodic counterpoint to the music's main thrust. Even to the untrained ear, there was no mistaking the elegance and poignancy of this music. The delicate, plangent tones of the kayagum, with their contrast between sharp attack and sinuous decay, were mesmerizing, and Kim's forceful, sometimes guttural singing lent urgency to the music's air of refinement.""
-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

"The most striking was the premiere performance of a work commissioned by Ethos with Jerome Foundation Funding, Jacqueline Jeeyoung Kim's "Man Follows the Earth." Spare and airy in some passages, Kim's composition is fiery in others. From skin instruments like drums to clanging, pinding metal materials, Ethos elicited a balanced universeL a soothing heartbeat gave way to urgent signals, gradually melting into the joyous rhythms of raindrops and, by inplication, the primal stew. Elements met and nerged in the work that drew on Korean court and folk music for its subtle statement of mankind's place in time, and in the universe."
-Daily Journal, Laura Stewart

".... Kim's language is tonal but with Schoenberg's nuances. Unlike Schoenberg's, this music depends more upon sheer instrumental color than on its underlying structure for its impact - upon moments of fleeting poetry punctuated by silence. The result is a highly Impressionistic essay, and a haunting one."
-Fanfare magazine, William Zagorski

".... Kim's apparently broad knowledge of modern orchestration techniques was met by a polished and thrilling performance by the orchestra. Clearly the highlight of the concert, Equilibrium seemed to go over well with most members of the audience."
-The Oberlin Review, Curtis K. Hughes

".... Composer Jacqueline Jeeyoung Kim responded to an enthusiastivc reception for her truly heroic 10 minute piece. The spirited salute to the millennium featured echoing brass, diverse percussion, and both tasteful and excitingly wide-ranging inspirations...."
-Abilene Reporter News, Bob Lapham

"Images of orientalism are most apparent in the Kim works, which really seem to echo the evocative ethereal ink washes and linear minimalism (not in the musical sense) of Eastern graphic arts."
-Records International Catalogues

"Kim's "Longing under the moon", wonderfully atmospheric and evocative music for violin and harp, incorporates some beautiful
effects reminiscent of Debussy's "Danses sacree et profane."
-Seattle Times, Melinda Bargreen.

"... a definite highlight was Jeeyoung Kim's "Longing under the moon", with the harp taking on the persona of the yearning woman and the violin the cool and distant moon..."
-The Maui News, Liz Janes-Brown

 

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