If You Catch A Bird: Receive-Hover-Go

Sarah Peebles

1998, 09:16 minutes, colour


Unorthodox music and calligraphy come together to create a highly charged and at times explosive performance. Cinnamon Sphere mixed media trio and komungo virtuoso Jin Hi Kim create cutting edge, improvised music for Korean traditional and modified instruments and Western instruments alongside calligraphy performance inspired by Asian culture and the Zen tradition. Electroacoustic music and shô (Japanese mouth-organ) performance by Sarah Peebles, altered electric guitar and effects by Nilan Perera, and acoustic and electric komungo and changgo performance by Jin Hi Kim (Korean 4th-century fretted board zither and hour-glass shaped drum) inspire calligrapher Chung Gong Ha to create large-scale abstract ink works in the moment, drawing from an inner meditative space and the interactive sonic dialogue of the group, who in turn interpret a kind of musical score based on Gong's visual images and his act of creation. Peebles distills this studio performance into three distinct vignettes which capture the intense exchanges of the group, up-close textures of ink and brush in motion and their transformation into three completed art works.

Performed by Cinnamon Sphere: Sarah Peebles, Nilan Perera, Chung Gong Ha, with guest Jin Hi Kim.
Produced by Sarah Peebles.
Assisted by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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