Großer Kunstpreis Berlin 2020
To celebrate the awarding of the Großer Berliner Kunstpreis to the composer Younghi Pagh-Paan, this concert with KNM Berlin presents a selection of her works spanning a period of five decades.
Younghi Pagh-Paan’s (*1945) music – “so free and so fine”, as it was aptly described – speaks to the condition of the present in a moving way. Rooted in her formative experience of migration and her persistent practice of intercultural dialogue, the work of the South-Korean composer, who made Germany her new home in 1974, fosters a circumspect vision of a life free of colonial domination, boundless commercialization and the violence of globalization. Carried by a Tao-influenced ethics, her musical aesthetics is inextricably linked with a politics of care rarely to be found in contemporary music. To celebrate the awarding of the Großer Berliner Kunstpreis, this concert with KNM Berlin presents a selection works by Younghi Pagh-Paan spanning a period of five decades, from her early “Man-Nam I”, in which sounds of traditional Korean instruments are artfully interwoven, until her recent First String Quartet.
for clarinet, violin, viola and cello (1977)
ma-am / Mein Herz
for female voice solo (1990)
based on a poem by Chung-Chul
U-MUL / The Well
for seven instrumentalists (1992)
Mein Herz III
duo for soprano and viola 2020)
based on a poem by H. C. Artmann
Horizont auf hoher See
for string quartet (2016)
Lydia Jeschke in conversation with
Younghi Pagh-Paan Laureate Großer Kunstpreis Berlin 2020