Jung-eun Park: “Dancing Boxes”

Jung-eun Park Jung-eun Park | Photo: Jung-eun Park Jung-eun Park was born in Seoul on August 8, 1986. She studied composition at Chugye University for the Arts with Yeonsu Kim, HyeJa Kim and at Hanyang University with Jongwoo Lim. She also studied with Rebecca Saunders, Oliver Schneller and Joachim Heintz at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, and with Jose Maria Sanchez-Verdue at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

Her works have been performed at Forum neuer Musik of the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2014, the Korean Music Festival in Darmstadt, the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen 2013 and 2014, the ZKM Karlsruhe, Landesmuseum Hannover, and in Berlin and Weimar. In 2016, her works were performed at the ISCM World Music Days and the International Music Festival of the Asian Composers League. She was also awarded a prize at the Siegburger Kompositionswettbewerb. Her works have been performed by many groups, including the Ensemble Modern, Mosaik, Musikfabrik, Schwerpunkt, Hand Werk, Ensemble 2e2m and Ensemble interface.

Jung-eun Park was Composer-in-Residence 2015 at St Peter’s Church in Cologne and received numerous scholarships, including the Deutschlandstipendium (2015–16), DAAD-Stipendium für ausländische Studierende (2015) and the Forschungszentrum Musik und Gender scholarship (2013–2014). She has been the recipient of commissions from Deutschlandfunk (2013 and 2015), project21AND and the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. Her works have also been broadcast on German radio (WDR).

“Dancing Boxes” for flute, oboe, clarinet (doubles as bass clarinet), bassoon, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass

Inspiration Jung-eun Park Photo: Jung-eun Park “For this piece I have arranged musical material from brief tones and different timbres in horizontal and vertical fashion (successively and overlapping in time). I see these motivic units as building blocks or ‘boxes’, with the help of which I create images. Boxes in various colours and of various sizes are arranged in a heterogeneous way, collide, come into conflict and overlap with each other so that the whole resembles a crazy ‘box dance’. I visualize the musical material in the form of individual boxes and create an intuitive musical process by redistributing, as it were, these images ‘in time’.”