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New Creativity in the UK’s East Asian Music Scene: A Symposium

Tangram, a collective of artists and performers exploring Chinese and Western musics, collaborates with SOAS to present an event with a broader East Asian perspective. Kim Hyelim and Choi Youngsook participate for Korea.

New Creativity in the UK’s East Asian Music Scene

Thursday 10 December 2020, 7-8pm GMT | Friday 11 December 2020, 3-5pm GMT
Free. Registration necessary via Eventbrite

New Creativity in the UK’s East Asian Music Scene

Join some of the most groundbreaking East Asian artists reshaping the UK’s music scene to explore questions around transnational identity.

Combining performance, research, and activism, Tangram are delighted to bring together a community of UK-based East Asian artists and academics exploring their cultural identities through music.

Over two days, Tangram host a mix of performances and conversations exploring the question: What does it mean to create East Asian Identity in the West today?

In light of the shocking amount of racism towards East Asian communities catalysed by COVID-19, this question is only more relevant today as the ways in which East Asian artists navigate their identities take on new meanings.

Join Tangram as we seek to create a brave space – one that shows the vibrancy of East Asian cultures and sheds light on their rich contribution to the UK’s cultural landscape.

This event is co-hosted by Tangram and SOAS University of London Music Department.

Day 1: Thursday 10 December 2020, 7-8pm

Online Concert

Kiku Day: Shakuhachi player and ethnomusicologist
Hyelim Kim: Taegum player, composer, and researcher

Ancient Stone (2020) – Jasmin Kent Rodgman
Dreaming Clouds (2019) – Alex Ho and Julia Cheng

Day 2: Friday 11 December 2020, 3-5pm

Conversations with

  • Kiku Day and Hyelim Kim
  • An-Ting Chang (artistic director of Chinese Arts Now – formerly Chinese Arts Space)
  • David Tse (founder of Yellow Earth Theatre, now New Earth Theatre, and Chinese Arts Space)

Commission Premiere

The symposium ends with the digital premiere of a new commission by Naomi Woo and Youngsook Choi

More details, artist biographies and registration on Eventbrite.

New Creativity poster - Hyelim Kim and Kiku Day


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