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Unsuk Chin's Total Immersion: three London premieres

(March 2011)

Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin is the focus of a Total Immersion day devoted to her music at the Barbican in London on Saturday 9 April.

Unsuk Chin travels to London for a ‘Total Immersion’ day devoted to her music on  9 April, presented by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. The programme of seven events includes concerts by the London Sinfonietta and BBC Symphony, a film screening of her opera Alice in Wonderland, talks and foyer performances.

> Visit the Total Immersion webpage

Highlights of the day include the UK premieres of Chin’s Monaco Award-winning ensemble score Gougalon, inspired by Korean street theatre, and the sheng concerto Su composed for virtuoso Wu Wei. As well as Gougalon, the London Sinfonietta under Stefan Asbury performs the Double Concerto for piano and percussion, and the composer’s earliest success, Acrostic Wordplay, a whimsical setting of nonsense texts.

The final orchestral concert features the Grawemeyer Award-winning Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Koh, and the first London performance of the kaleidoscopic orchestral piece Rocana: both these works can be heard on an acclaimed recent recording (Analekta 2 9944). The BBC Symphony and Ilan Volkov complete the Chin immersion with Kalá, a large-scale cantata for voices and orchestra, exploring themes of time and mortality through a multilingual sequence of poetry.

The following week sees Unsuk Chin in Paris for the world premiere of her new score co-commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and IRCAM. Fanfare chimérique, for two ensembles of wind and brass with electronics, is premiered on  15 April at the Centre Pompidou with the EIC conducted by Patrick Davin. Chin continues her activities as Artistic Director of the Seoul Philharmonic’s contemporary series and was recently appointed to the same role for the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series in London.

A new Unsuk Chin disc released by Kairos in March sees the return to the catalogue of recordings by the Ensemble Intercontemporain of Acrostic Wordplay, Double Concerto, Xi and Fantaisie mécanique (Kairos
0013062).


> Further information on Work: Gougalon

Photo: Weonki Kim

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