Areum Lee:

Areum Lee Photo: Fabian Schober Areum Lee is a composer and lives in Germany. Her work focuses on metaphysical ideas in everyday life and the power inherent in music, which she associates with her own intuitive and religious interpretations. She is interested in the connection of essential meanings in music with different means of conveying these meanings and seeks to make invisible forms perceptible through theatrical devices and electronics. Lee studied at the Hanyang University in Seoul and the Bremen University of the Arts under Prof. Jörg Birkenkötter and Prof. Kilian Schwoon. Last June she successfully completed her studies (Excellence Course in composition) under José María Sánchez-Verdú. During her studies she received the Deutschland Scholarship. Lee is a member of the Ensemble morph. Her pieces have been performed in Korea and Europe (for example, at the Pan Music Festival), and interpreted by numerous ensembles such as oh Ton, Mobile Beats, Rot, EWCM and NAMES.

“Leer (2018)” for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass

Inspiration Areum Lee Photo: Areum Lee After the beginning of the piece, in which fragments are strung together to form musical contexts, comes an empty space, a vacuum, which is integrated into temporal, sonic and even physical space. The process of emptying implies that something was already there, and paradoxically the energy inherent in emptiness increases the emptier the space becomes. This demonstrates the power of emptiness and is described by this quotation: “...but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men”.