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Apr 9

Total Immersion: Unsuk Chin

Featuring Unsuk Chin, Andrew Zolinsky and 11 more artists at Barbican Centre


Saturday 9 April 2011Saturday 9 April 2011


Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891


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Day devoted to the music of contemporary Korean composer Unsuk Chin.

11:00 am

An introduction to Unsuk Chin and her music, plus a performance of Double Bind? for violin and electronics.

12:30 pm

Unsuk Chin Six Piano Études

Performed by a student from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

1:00 pm

Unsuk Chin Gougalon (UK premiere)
Unsuk Chin Double Concerto
Unsuk Chin Acrostic Wordplay

London Sinfonietta
Stefan Asbury conductor
Yeree Suh soprano
Andrew Zolinsky piano
Owen Gunnell percussion

Unsuk Chin recalls the ‘Proustian moment’ she experienced on first visiting China in 2008/09, where the sights, sounds and smells of ancient neighbourhoods revived memories of her Korean childhood. “ I was particularly reminded of a troupe of entertainers I saw a number of times as a child in a suburb of Seoul,” she recalls. Their hugely popular act involved selling quack remedies, and Chin’s ‘Scenes from a Street Theatre’, Gougalon , takes its title from an Old High German expression for hoodwinking or fooling people by feigned magic. Its ‘imaginary folk music’ evokes memory’s lasting powers. The concert also includes the sensational showpiece Acrostic Wordplay, Chin’s international breakthrough work.

6:00 pm

The BBC SO Family Orchestra performs a new work inspired by the music of Unsuk Chin and created as part of a BBC SO Learning project.

7:15 pm

Unsuk Chin in conversation, plus an introduction to the works in tonight’s concert.

8:00 pm

Unsuk Chin Rocana (Room of Light) (London premiere)
Unsuk Chin Violin Concerto
Unsuk Chin Su (Concerto for Chinese Sheng and Orchestra) (UK premiere)
Unsuk Chin Kala

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor
Tim Mirfin bass
Jennifer Koh violin
Wu Wei sheng
BBC Singers

Don’t miss the UK premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Šu (2009), set in company with three other extraordinarily inventive explorations of musical timbre and texture. Shifting tone colours, bold percussion outbursts and exquisite flecks of sound shimmer on the constantly evolving surface of Rocaná (2008), a work simply described by the New York Times as ‘a knockout’. Critical and audience reactions to the composer’s Violin Concerto (2001) underline the Grawemeyer Award
winning score’s status among essential 21st-century compositions. Kalá, first performed in 2001 under the direction of Peter Eötvös, deftly employs solo and choral voices to enrich the composer’s beguiling approach to musical sound .

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