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Hanna Kim Trio & Ben Matthews presented by PJS
Wednesday 17 July 7.00pm
PJS Presents a double bill performance from pianists Ben Matthews and Hanna Kim. Both pianists will perform a diverse set of original music.
Hanna Kim Trio
Hanna Kim was born in South Korea and started studying piano at the age of six. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Seoul Art College and performed regularly in Korea before moving to Perth in 2014. Recently, she formed Hanna Kim Trio and has begun composing music towards her own album. Hanna Kim Trio is comprised of Francisco Javier Munoz Melo on drums and Jonathan Chen on bass guitar. Hanna Kim Trio is a melting pot of different musical cultures; Korean composer and pianist, Chilean drummer and Malaysian bassist. Experience the varied and beautiful music that the trio plays by blending their own musical backgrounds through jazz, influenced by artists such as Roy Hargrove, Yellow Jackets and Fourplay.
Ben Matthews was drawn to the piano at a young age, following a passion for artistic expression through improvisation and composition. He performs in a unique style that blends genres drawing influence from jazz legends like Herbie Hancock and Oscar Peterson, and from soundtrack titans like John Williams and Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli) to other pianistic composers like Ludovico Einaudi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. After a decade performing as both a sideman and bandleader with some of Australia’s top-tier musicians, WAAPA graduate jazz pianist and contemporary keyboardist Ben Matthews turned his focus to composition in late 2015. In 2016, he wrote and recorded the following projects: an original jazz soundtrack to THQ Nordic’s game ‘This Is The Police'; an original jazz/instrumental neo-soul double-CD release, ‘LiveWyre'; a collaborative E.P. of contemporary ballads with vocalist Edwina Masson entitled ‘An Open Letter of Imperfections'; a seven track, entirely improvised solo piano album, ‘My Story'; music for the short film ‘Lightbulb'; and two improvised solo piano singles, ‘Indulge in a Daydream’ and ‘Uncertain Times’. In 2017 a second solo piano album ‘Memoir’ was improvised. In early 2018, Ben was flown to Norway, to compose and record for game title “This Is The Police 2”, creating a rich and diverse soundtrack featuring a blend of nordic folk instruments, world music, 60’s jazz music and hard fusion-rock. This project included collaborations with composer Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss, Florence the game), producer Jia Lih, vocalist Holli Scott. Over the years, five of Ben’s compositions have been nominated as finalists for Western Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year awards (2011, 2015, 2016, 2018). His latest release, ‘This Too Shall Pass’ (2018) is a third improvised solo piano album, exploring concepts of darkness, balance, gesture and storytelling through music. Ben’s current aspiration is to create honest and emotional music that balances creativity and accessibility.
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