When Rivers Meet, performance and interviews
From August 15th, 2014 through January 15th, 2015, Improviser-in-Residence Dong-Won Kim (along with his wife, Ju-Hyung), were embedded in Guelph and Waterloo Ontario, connecting our communities with profound experiences of improvised music making and dance providing memorable, positive moments with participants and the broader community through experimentation and reflection. Kim presented his work throughout the residency and as part of a final, culminating performance When Rivers Meet with community partners .
When Rivers Meet was the culminating performance of Dong-Won Kim’s residency as Improviser-in-Residence (2014) and took place at the River Run Centre in Guelph, Ontario. It featured the Guelph Symphony Orchestra conducted by Judith Yan; the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble directed by Brent Rowan; musicians Jeff Bird, Daniel Fischlin, and Lewis Melville; dancer Georgia Simms; and storyteller Ben Grossman. A fully bilingual (English/Korean) 2-CD recording was released in October 2015 by Barcode Free Music and features large-scale group improvisations, traditional storytelling, intercultural musical forms, dance interludes, and even audience participation.