Composition for Seven Pianos by Khan Lee
Composition for Seven Pianos
Situated in downtown Vancouver, Composition for Seven Pianos will invite passers-by to both participate and witness an ever-changing time-based acoustic pattern layered on top of a static circular composition made by the arrangement of seven pianos. In collaboration with composer Robyn Jacob.
Khan Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He studied architecture at Hong-Ik University, before immigrating to Canada to study fine art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Through sculptural and media practices, his work attempts to exhibit results of experimentation with form and process in order to express inherent relationships between material and immaterial content. He is a founding member of the Vancouver-based artist collective Intermission and is presently a member of the Instant Coffee artist collective. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lee lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been striving for beauty that defies category through her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, which has performed at numerous International Jazz Festivals across Canada, and has self-released four albums Of Course the Journey (2012), Climb the Glass Mountain (2014), Tower Temporary (2015), and Lines (2017). Committed to writing and performing avant-garde music, recent composition projects explore writing for voice and small ensemble, and balancing between the pop and new music realms. In the fall of 2017 she was a featured composer with Sawdust Collector in Vancouver. As a music educator she believes in discovery through teaching, and learning through discovery, and has taught youth workshops on free improvisation and deep listening. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver. In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and has since been playing with her own ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike. Robyn has received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has completed two residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Ten Different Things engages ten critically-engaged artists to investigate the role of culture as a critical ingredient in the construct and vitality of the contemporary city. What propositions, provocations, concepts or visions do artists have for creating a public sphere that promotes cultural life? How can we create structures, processes or dynamics to produce new ways of living, working, interacting, or occupying the city? Where are the intersections in public life where artists can produce alternate outcomes?
Ten Different Things is a collaboration between CityStudio Vancouver and Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, curated by Kate Armstrong and supported by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program. Janet Moore and Duane Elverum are co-founders of CityStudio Vancouver.