Drawn between silence/sound, d. haejin bang’s interdisciplinary and community work is currently based within Los Angeles and Korea. Born and raised in Koreatown, LA, their explorations revolve around the voice, body, and Silence. Their main focus underlines gaps and the interjacent: How can we better listen?
A current recipient of the Fulbright Research Grant, d. haejin’s focus as a diasporic Corean is based on exploring ‘embodied silences,’ a cartography of collective intergenerational trauma, by exploring the affects of sound tied to body. Their project focuses on the breath and energy of voice/body/silence, of undoing and (un)learning contemporary notions and rationales of sound embedded in dominant language and discourse of knowledge. Through the practice and performance of P’ansori, their goal is to both explore and create multidisciplinary resources for other diasporic folks looking to learn more about indigenous corean music, histories, and philosophies. Learning both the 소리 (voice) and 북 (drumming) that make up 판소리/P’ansori, they are currently studying with 명창/Master Singer Song Jae-Young as well as with 고수/Master Drummer Cho Yong-Soo, as well as Seo Yeonwoon (voice) of Daroo Performing Arts.
Community and collaboration is a central focus of d. haejin’s work. Based within grassroots/feminist organizing, they are a current Feminist Korea Peace Fellow at Women Cross DMZ and involved as a member of the Volunteer Organizer Committee at the Koreatown Immigrants Workers Alliance, where they are involved in outreach and actions alongside immigrant families, low-wage workers, the undocumented community, and unhoused folks in Los Angeles. In addition, they have participated within other community organizations in LA and NYC, working on projects like “Invisible Neighbors.”
d. haejin received a Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance from New York University, minoring in both Social and Cultural Analysis as well as Creative Writing. Classically trained on the violin/viola, notable performances include touring as a soloist and concertmaster of the Grand Arts Chamber Orchestra alongside Camerata Pacifica, as well as performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the LAKMA Orchestra as a prizewinner of the LAKMA Concerto Competition. Through the support of the Steinhardt Scholarship and the Speiser Family Scholarship, their primary studies at NYU were with Artist-in-Faculty members Laura Hamilton (violin) and Karen Ritscher (viola), as well as Dana Vlachová at the Prague Conservatory, Czechia. They served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the NYU Philharmonia as well as a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble and participated in ‘new’ music festivals Pulsing & Shaking and Words & Sounds.
d. haejin’s work continues to probe and to ask: How can we create change in our communities through collective organizing, sound/silence, listening – the sensitivity and understanding that these processes foster?
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at 2021: 숨/소리 | soom/sori