Eunbi Kim & Xuan
it feels like a dream (World Premiere)
Pianist Eunbi Kim presents a sonic memoir titled it feels like a dream, offering a meditation on family and identity in collaboration with new media artist Xuan. Featuring a dreamy soundworld of classical music with pop awareness interwoven with hypnotic projected visuals, this multimedia performance asks: What are the dreams we carry and pass on? it feels like a dream features music for piano, pre-recorded voices, and electronics written for and performed by Kim from Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Angélica Negrón, Pauchi Sasaki, and Sophia Jani.
Disco giratorio de palabras by Angélica Negrón (2020)
Saturn Years by Sophia Jani (2021)
Mother’s Hand, Healing Hand (엄마손은 약손) by Pauchi Sasaki (2021)
It Feels Like a Mountain, Chasing Me by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) (2014)
Pianist: Eunbi Kim
Art Director: Xuan
Composers: Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Angélica Negrón, Pauchi Sasaki, and Sophia Jani
Developed in part during an artist residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Eunbi Kim (pronounced OON-bee, like book) curates programs that compel audiences to meditate on the parts of themselves that are deeply buried. Creating performances expressing dreamlike “liquid elegance” (Times Union), her intimate performances draw from collaborations with composers, filmmakers, and theater directors to create experiences beyond the boundaries of the traditional piano recital format.
Kim’s recent album “It Feels Like” debuted at #2 on Billboard Classical Charts and confronts the multiplicity of truths behind memories and identity. It features world premiere recordings of works written for her by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Pauchi Sasaki, Angélica Negrón, and Sophia Jani. Drawing from the album and its themes, Kim additionally created a 4-night performance and conversation series, also titled “It Feels Like,” as an Artist-in-Residence at WNYC’s The Greene Space. Kim holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for New York Foundation for the Arts and is co-founder of bespoken, a mentorship program for female-identifying and non-binary musicians. Her teachers past and present include Elena Arseniev, Anthony de Mare, and Rosemary Caviglia.