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Improvisor greeted at local launch party

A launch party will be held on Thursday Aug. 28 to mark the arrival of a renowned South Korean percussionist who will spend the next four months as the city’s “improvisor-in-residence.”

The free 7 p.m. event welcoming Dong-Won Kim is at Silence, 46 Essex St.

Over the next four months, Kim will bring together musicians, artists, dancers, writers, designers, illustrators, choirs, bands, orchestras and classes through improvisatory music and dance, a news release said.

Weekly drop-in sessions will foster experimenting, learning, sharing and debating, it said.

Kim will also hold workshops with community groups in Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo this fall, culminating in a collaborative public performance in November.

The Aug. 28 launch event is a chance to find out how to get involved with Kim’s project. It will include an improvised performance by Kim and two of his longtime collaborators, Jeff Cairns and Guelph’s Jeff Bird.

Ending the evening will be a discussion about performance and improvisation facilitated by U of G professor Daniel Fischlin.

Three groups – Musagetes, the U of G-based International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community – are behind Kim’s installation as the 2014 Improviser-in-Residence.

Since 1984, Kim has studied various forms of traditional music with leading Korean music masters. “By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world,” the release said.

Kim will perform as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival with Lee Pui Ming on Sunday Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

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