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LOVE is a harmonious partnership between two dissimilar characters.LOVE (for two percussionists) was composed in 2004 by Kunsu Shim and recorded in 2012 by Nick Hennies (drums) and Greg Stuart (sustained sounds).
Kunsu Shim was born as the son of re-migrants from Japan on September 15, 1958 in Busan, South Korea. The ocean provided the adolescent Shim with the experience of spatial openness and expanse. This notion can be seen later as the basis of his production. He twice won the first prize in a competition for young composers in Pusan, at age eighteen and nineteen respectively. In 1985, Shim arrived in Germany, where he studied composition with Helmut Lachenmann in Stuttgart (1987-88). Around this time, he met Gerhard Stäbler, with whom he lives and collaborates today. Shim moved to Essen to continue his education until 1992 with Nicolaus A. Huber at the Folkwang Hochschule. Huber’s “simple, but strong” language attracted Shim. It was then, that his style moved in a new direction – last, but not least through an increased interest in New Music from the U.S. (notably John Cage and Morton Feldman), the visual arts and literature. He found his own characteristic language with the composition orchester in stereo mit fünf sinustönen. From 1994 to 1999, he belonged to the composer’s group “wandelweiser”, with whom he shared basic aesthetic positions such as silence and simplicity. In 2000 he founded “EarPort”, along with Gerhard Stäbler, at the Duisburg Innenhafen as a center for the presentation of and discourse about New Music and for interconnecting the arts. Kunsu Shim resides permanently in Germany.
Nick Hennies is a percussionist and composer from Louisville, KY who has lived in Austin, TX since 2003. His work is primarily concerned with the exploration of seemingly conventional sounds. Utilizing traditional playing techniques, rapid repetition and often high levels of volume, his work opens up breathtakingly complex and immersive sound worlds from so-called “simple” sounds. With a particular focus on the vibraphone and “unpitched” percussion instruments such as the woodblock and snare drum, the music exposes unheard acoustic phenomena and provides a deep listening experience that explores and articulates the psyche. Hennies also maintains a rigorous national performing schedule and is a member of a wide array of groups including The Weird Weeds, Waco Girls, the Austin New Music Co-op, and Meridian, a percussion trio comprised of Hennies, Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart and has regularly performed and recorded the music of Arnold Dreyblatt, Alvin Lucier, Jürg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Ellen Fullman, Jandek and others. His work as both performer and composer can be heard on Senufo Editions, Quiet Design, Sentient Recognition Archive, Accidie, Full Spectrum, L’innomable and others.
Greg Stuart is a percussionist whose work explores various alternative percussion techniques, including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds via small grains, sympathetic vibration, and electronic instruments. Since 2006 Stuart has collaborated extensively with the composer Michael Pisaro to produce a large body of new music for percussion comprised of pieces that focus on the magnification of small sounds through recording and layering and, at times, in combination with field recordings. Stuart also currently works with the percussion trio Meridian (with Tim Feeney and Nick Hennies) and with computer musician Joe Panzner. He has performed at MaerzMusik (Berlin), The Stone (NYC), The Wulf (Los Angeles), Gallery Kapleica (Ljubljana), Elastic Arts Foundation (Chicago), New Music Co-Op (Austin), Philadelphia Sound Forum, Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego), MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis), and the Columbia Museum of Art among others among others. His work can be heard on such labels as Edition Wandelweiser, Gravity Wave, Erstwhile, Cathnor, Accidie, and Senufo Editions.