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Park Jiha

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Jiha composes groundbreaking modern music rooted in traditional Korean instruments like piri, saenghwang, and yanggeum performance.

Park Jiha grew up in a music friendly environment childhood. Music was the air she breathed in, a surrounding that her music-loving parents provided. Naturally, she had the opportunity be exposed to traditional Korean music and classical music. She learned flute earlier in the childhood and later piri, a traditional instrument as she went to Guk-ak school. From Guk-ak school to university, she got her education in traditional Korean music as well as majoring in piri and minoring in saenghwang.

Park Jiha officially started her career as a professional musician when she founded the group Sum after her graduation, wanting to form her own thoughts and sound into creative work. 숨[suːm]’s music, composed of various sounds found in traditional instruments and unorthodox musical structure, was an refreshing influence to Korean music scene. Those musics can be found in her first album ‘Rhythmic Space: A Pause for Breath’ in 2010, and second album ‘숨[suːm] 2nd’ in 2014. 숨[suːm] expanded its stage worldwide when it was selected as official showcase for a global music market, WOMEX. From 2013 to 2016, 숨[suːm] was invited to many music festival like WOMAD and SXSW and major European stage performances. Park Jiha became the up and coming Korean musician.

Outside 숨[suːm], Park Jiha has worked to expand her musical horizon. She was selected as a fellow for OneBeat program in the U.S. in 2013, experiencing different music and culture through musicians from various genres of music from different countries.

In 2015, Park Jiha held an autobiographical exhibition based on music and video of her own production which became the foundation of her EP album, ‘Park Jiha: A Record of Autobiographical Sounds’ that contains music and writings from the exhibition.

Park Jiha releases an solo debut album ‘Communion’ in her name in November 2016, leaving behind many years of working part of 숨[suːm] in pursue of new music. She collaborated with musicians from different genres like John Bell(vibraphone) and KimOki(bass clarinet, saxophone) to accomplish minimal, contemporary, and experimental music based on piri, saenghwang, and yanggeum. In the next year, Park Jiha was selected as a fellow for ‘RBMA Seoul(Red Bull Music Academy, Seoul)’ and as the official showcases of ‘Classical: NEXT’ and ‘WOMEX’ at the same time, proving to be an international artist who is receiving not only domestic but also international attention with her musical expansion.

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