Cinnamon Sphere Trilogy
1998, 27:00 minutes, colour
Created by Rogers Television, Toronto for "Daytime", December 10, 1997
1. If You Catch A Bird: Receive-Hover-Go, 9:16
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. Electro acoustic 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.
2. Kaladar Kodex, 10:40
Cinnamon Sphere creates cinematic, ritual, performance for the eyes and ears. Improvised soundscapes which highlight timbre, cyclical contour and gesture are created with altered electric guitar and effects by Nilan Perera and with computer assisted performance by Sarah Peebles. Using this sonic palette, calligrapher Chung Gong Ha creates large-scale abstract ink works, drawing from an inner meditative space and from the interactive, improvised sonic dialogue of the musicians, who in turn interpret a kind of musical score based on Gong's visual images and his act of creation. Together, they create a space of suspended time, weaving a story which evolves in the moment, leaving a residue of ink, emotion and memory.
3. Slow Life, 5:38
This short black and white video spans the creation of a single painting to an evocative, dream-like soundscape. Focusing on the brush work of calligrapher Gong, alongside musical responses from Perera (guitar) and Peebles (computer), this elegant meditation slowly reveals a visual landscape of mountains and waterfalls, an aural landscape inhabited by birds, fire, water and ethereal tones - a "cinematic, ritual performance for eyes and ears".
Performed by Cinnamon Sphere: Sarah Peebles, Nilan Perera, Chung Gong Ha, with guest Jin Hi Kim.
Produced by Sarah Peebles. www.interlog.com/~speeb
Assisted by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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