Jiha composes groundbreaking modern music rooted in traditional Korean instruments like piri, saenghwang, and yanggeum performance.
The music of composer/performer Park Jiha blends classical minimalism and improvised music with traditional Korean instruments like the Piri (double-reed bamboo flute), Saenghwang (bamboo mouth organ), and Yanggeum (hammered dulcimer). Deftly combining the instrumentation and complex expression of traditional Korean music with an array of contemporary forms and sounds, Park Jiha has staked her place in the international music scene over the last few years as the official showcase for The World Music Expo, WOMEX and Classical:NEXT.
Trained in Korean traditional music, Park Jiha started her career by founding the duo 숨[su:m], which had a major impact upon the “new Korean music” scene. Her first solo album, Communion (2018, tak:til/ Glitterbeat Records), pursued more distant sound traditions and an eclectic instrumental palette. Collaborating with musicians from different genres, the project pursues a form of experimental minimalism that rejects ornamentation in favor of a stark clarity and meticulous balance. Pitchfork said of the album, “Jiha’s gift is in her ability to skirt dull prettiness in favor of exploiting the edges of her instruments, yet not at the expense of tangible, straightforward melodies.” With her second album titled Philos (2019, tak:til/ Glitterbeat Records) Park Jiha has defined an even more immersive sound experience, for a Solo act she performed both in Korea and abroad.
Her new Solo album ‘The Gleam’ in the vein of Solo works she has done since the release of Philos was released in February 2022 via Glitterbeat, showing an even more mature sound inspired by movements of light throughout the day. A journey on its own already acclaimed by critics.
Upcoming in 2022 is a Live Improvisation recording for the BBC in collaboration with the English Artist, Roy Claire Potter, planned to be released on CAFE OTO’s imprint OTOROKU.