Joungbum Lee – Amy Briggs (piano)

dot + line series I

Composer: Joungbum Lee; Piano: Amy Briggs

Recorded live as part of the Project Incubator concert at Constellation Chicago, May 10, 2015

Composer’s Notes: This piece is inspired by Kichang Kim’s paintings called “dot and line series”. Due to Kim’s deafness from childhood, the desire to express sound in two dimensional space is ingrained in his works. As I was attempting to reverse Kim’s process, I had to translate the sense of motion, pace, and gradation he creates using only the two simple elements of dots and lines from the visual to the temporal domain. Once I conceptualized the characteristics of dot and line (dot: point of focused attention, line: movement and direction) within musical space, I could generate interactions by pairing them in different ways. These interactions govern not just the musical surface, but also bigger ideas such as texture, pattern, fore/background, shape, motion and gradation, and eventually create the overall form. Improvisatory elements in the piece (reflected in the graphic notation of the score) align with the fluid gestures of Kichangs big brush strokes.

About the Artists

Joungbum LeeJoungbum Lee completed a Bachelor Degree from Eastman School of Music and Masters degree at Rice University. His music has been commissioned by Rochester Chamber Music Society, Seoul Art Festival Dimension, NWS new music ensemble, Musiqa modern ensemble and premiered at numerous music festival such as Bowdoin International Music Festival (2007), Atlantic Music Festival (2010). Joungbum also received Belle S. Gitelman Award (2009) Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize, at the Eastman School of Music and 1st prize in Rochester Chamber Music composition competition 2009, Journal of Music composition competition 2004, 1st prize and 23rd IBLA Grand Prize 2014 certificate of recognition. Joungbum is currently pursuing PhD degree in University of Chicago.

Amy BriggsAmy Briggs has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of living composers, while also bringing a fresh perspective to music of the past. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW ensemble since 2001, she has worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, Marc-Anthony Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osvaldo Golijov. The Chicago Tribune has called “extraordinary” her  “mastery of what lay on the dense, printed page and beyond,” and the Chicago Sun-Times called her a “ferociously talented pianist.”  The New York Times described her recent Lincoln Center performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IV as having “a live-wire intensity.”  Her recordings include four critically acclaimed discs of David Rakowski’s Piano Etudes on Bridge Records, the world premiere recording of David Rakowski’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on the BMOP label, two discs of solo piano and chamber music of Augusta Read Thomas for the ART label, music of Conlon Nancarrow, Morton Feldman, Edgar Varese, and Erik Oña for Wergo Records, and a disc of contemporary piano tangos for Parma Records. She has performed across the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia.  Amy Briggs earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Northwestern University, as a student of Ursula Oppens.  In 2009 she joined the faculty of the University of Chicago as Director of Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence.  Amy is a Steinway Artist.