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Nokha: Interactive performances in hanoks composed by Jee Soo Shin

Now this is the sort of collaboration I like: new compositions by a Korean composer who is a member of the Korean Artists Association UK, in a project commissioned by an Englishman, David Kilburn, who lives in one of Seoul’s last original hanoks, in Bukchon – one used by Kim Ki-duk in filming 3-Iron. Performances in Seoul, Jeonju and Hamyang.

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Nokha: Interactive performances in hanoks composed by Jee Soo Shin

About Nokha

NOKHA ( is a music installation in which the sounds interact with the spatial disposition of the “audience” in the installation.

Fragments of pre-composed music will be played at predetermined points as and when the visitors will coincidentally or haphazardly arrive at them.

This project is inspired by the beautiful hanok in Gahoedong, which is one of the last traditional hanoks in Seoul preserved in its entirety, with hopes to bring awareness of the loss of authentic hanoks in South Korea.

Twilight at Gahoe-dong 31-79, venue of the Seoul performance. Photo:
Twilight at Gahoe-dong 31-79, venue of the Seoul performance. Photo:

Composer Jee Soo Shin

Jee-soo Shin“Jee Soo Shin is a Korean composer who currently splits her time between London and Seoul. Beginning her musical journey as a child, Jee Soo went on to study at Seoul National University, followed by an MA at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a PhD at the University of Southampton, England where she studied with Michael Finnissy.

While educated in the works of legendary composers Jee Soo refuses to stay within the boundaries of conventional composition. Instead her work crosses into the realms performance art, sonic interpretation, and John Cage’s helter skelterlike avant garde experiments. Yet perhaps the most important detail is that Jee Soo’s work is contemporary and therefore relevant to the world outside of art, approaching the environments that we swirl around within from a composer’s perspective, and creating bold work derived from these experiences.”
text by Dann Gaymer

Production crew

Jaewoo Joung Engineer at Mando Hella Electronics Korea
Ian Park IT consultant at NDS UK


Eun Ja Youn geomungo
Principal geomungo at Seongnam Municipal Troop of Korean Traditional Performing Arts
Sooah Lee violin
Lecturer at Chonbuk National University and Jeonju Art High School
Sin Gyu Hwang flute
Prix de Perfectionnement at C.R.R. de Rueil-malmaison
Chris Jaewoong Yang toy piano
Lecturer at Sun Wha Art School and Anyang Art High School

The tour

Seoul April 21 2012 7:00 pm
31-79 Gahoe-dong

Jeonju May 11 2012 7:00 pm
Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center

Hamyang May 12 2012 7:00 pm
263-1, Gaepyeong-ri, Jigok-myeon

Duration 50 minutes
Information 010 3488 9842
Admission free
Sponsors David & Jade Kilburn, MyungGaWon
Supported by, Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Centre


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