2013년 2월호 매거진 '객석' - 김선영 기자

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..."Heroes,” written by the Korean-American composer Jeeyoung Kim was an efficient and attractive calling card. Heard in a new revision billed as a premiere, the piece moved from gentle wind melodies through flowing string passages to end with rousing brass fanfares and clattering percussion."

- New York Times, Steve Smith

"...The most fascinating and beautiful segment came after intermission, a commissioned piece by "Jacqueline" Jeeyoung Kim called "Tryst". In this piece, Korean musician Juhyun Kim played Kayagum and sang, according to Yo-Yo Ma, of "the yearning and anguish of courtly love." Yo-Yo Ma and oboist Jeannette Bittar accompanied her, offering delicate melodic counterpoint to the music's main thrust. Even to the untrained ear, there was no mistaking the elegance and poignancy of this music. The delicate, plangent tones of the kayagum, with their contrast between sharp attack and sinuous decay, were mesmerizing, and Kim's forceful, sometimes guttural singing lent urgency to the music's air of refinement.""

San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman

..."The most striking was the premiere performance of a work commissioned by Ethos with Jerome Foundation Funding, Jacqueline Jeeyoung Kim's "Man Follows the Earth." Spare and airy in some passages, Kim's composition is fiery in others. From skin instruments like drums to clanging, pinging metal materials, Ethos elicited a balanced universal:  a soothing heartbeat gave way to urgent signals, gradually melting into the joyous rhythms of raindrops and, by implication, the primal stew. Elements met and merged in the work that drew on Korean court and folk music for its subtle statement of mankind's place in time, and in the universe."

Daily Journal, Laura Stewart

".... Kim's language is tonal but with Schoenberg's nuances. Unlike Schoenberg's, this music depends more upon sheer instrumental color than on its underlying structure for its impact - upon moments of fleeting poetry punctuated by silence. The result is a highly Impressionistic essay, and a haunting one."

Fanfare Magazine, William Zagorski

".... Kim's apparently broad knowledge of modern orchestration techniques was met by a polished and thrilling performance by the orchestra. Clearly the highlight of the concert, Equilibrium seemed to go over well with most members of the audience."

The Oberlin Review, Curtis K. Hughes

".... Composer Jacqueline Jeeyoung Kim responded to an enthusiastivc reception for her truly heroic 10 minute piece. The spirited salute to the millennium featured echoing brass, diverse percussion, and both tasteful and excitingly wide-ranging inspirations...."

Abilene Reporter News, Bob Lapham

..."Images of orientalism are most apparent in the Kim works, which really seem to echo the evocative ethereal ink washes and linear minimalism (not in the musical sense) of Eastern graphic arts."

Records International Catalogues

..."Kim's "Longing under the moon", wonderfully atmospheric and evocative music for violin and harp, incorporates some beautiful effects reminiscent of Debussy's "Danses sacree et profane.""

Seattle Times, Melinda Bargreen

"... a definite highlight was Jeeyoung Kim's "Longing under the moon", with the harp taking on the persona of the yearning woman and the violin the cool and distant moon..."

The Maui News, Liz Janes-Brown

..."Another significant commission during the evening's classical midsection came in Ancient Bell by Jeeyoung Kim. It is a powerful meditation on a 1,200-year-old, 25-ton bell in Korea, a recording of which brought the piece to an enlightening close. Long, lyrical lines from Ma combined with a complex five-beat rhythm from Dong-Won Kim on traditional Korean percussion and passionate vocals, as well as the sometimes jagged intervals from the violin line."

San Francisco Classical Voice, Mickey  Butts


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