Experience a close encounter with the world’s leading jazz artists in our free series of intimate conversations and enlightening panels.
Please note that these are free events for which pre-registration is highly recommended. Auslan interpreting is available on request.
Sunday 16 October – 2:30pm
Presented in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Following a vital discussion as part of MIJF 2021, examining the historical and cultural influences that have shaped modern jazz, blues, Latin jazz and more, Beyond Words is back this MIJF for round 2. Facilitated by artist, curator and Multicultural Arts Victoria Co-CEO Zii Nzira, hear from panellists NIASHA, Craig Calhoun and Danny Atlaw as they dive into a lively discussion exploring the connection between Eastern, Southern and American Jazz.
Sunday 16 October – 4:00pm
Christopher Hale and Minyoung Woo (Aus/South Korea)
Hear from acclaimed Melbourne bassist Christopher Hale and Korean percussionist Minyoung Woo as they discuss their myriad influences and approach to cross-cultural collaboration.
Having grown up playing Brazilian, Afro-Cuban music and flamenco, Hale has always involved himself deeply in musical traditions, drawing on deep understandings of these styles to influence a personal approach for jazz and improvisation. He has performed alongside international artists Sting, Jamey Haddad, Jim Black, Virgil Donati, Jo Lawry, Bae Il Dong, Brad Shepik and Jojo Mayer among many others. Following a chance encounter in Korea in 2011, he became immersed in traditional Korean drumming and its teaching system of hohŭp, a breathing and movement method for creating rhythm. Following 8 years of study, he developed a way to assimilate the principles of hohŭp into an original system for body-movement generated rhythm.
Minyoung Woo is a multi-award-winning Korean traditional musician, committed to communicating with audiences beyond nationality. She began playing the Janggu (Korean hourglass-shaped drum) at 9 years old, before studying classical court music, chamber, folk, contemporary and shaman music at the Korea National University of Arts. She was the winner of Korea’s major rhythm competition, and has collaborated with traditional and contemporary artists in Indonesia, Mongolia, Thailand, France, Mexico and Australia.