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The Confucius Institute for Scotland
Abden House 1 Marchhall Crescent
Marchhall Crescent , Edinburgh EH16 5HP
United Kingdom

Company Description: The Confucius Institute for Scotland offers consecutive interpretation services covering a wide range of topics, including social services, business and cultural...   more

Employment History


  • PhD
    University of Edinburgh
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Kimho Ip: Musical Curator ..., 29 Nov 2015 [cached]
Kimho Ip: Musical Curator (currently in Hong Kong)
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Kimho Ip, musical curator at the Confucius Institute for Scotland will join the ensemble playing the Yang Qin.
Leith Open Space » Leith Open Space Events [cached]
In Cathay Re-public, Kimho weaves together some of the talents he brought to Dialogues of Wind and Bamboo: a drummer, a dancer, a musician on stilts, a little electronic stilts sampling, some taichi, and the extraordinary soaring voice of the counter tenor Cheng-ying who stopped shoppers in their tracks on Friday night.
The shimmering sound of Kimho's Chinese dulcimer (the yangchin) binds all these elements together.
Kimho is creative director of iMAP, intercultural music and arts project, and he is constantly blurring the lines between traditional culture and contemporary art and music, combining the best of western European and East-Asian arts today.
Leith Open Space has a special connection with Kimho. We first met in 2005 when we were preparing for our very first Open Space multicultural discussion event in the (then) vast unused space at the top of Ocean Terminal, now being very actively used as an indoor skate park. Kimho arrived in the dark carrying a huge poster to help us decorate what was then a very daunting venue.
Coral and (behind her to the left) Jiang Li encourage audience participation with the help of two members of the audience on percussion and Kimho on yangchin
You can hear more from Kimho about his very innovative use of mult-media in a series of podcasts now on the Dialogues of Wind and Bamboo website.
I sometimes ask director Kimho Ip (that's him on the right) why he is doing it and he laughs, "I could make my life easier," he admits. Trained in the classical western tradition this talented young composer musician could earn a good living if he just stuck to Mozart or Bach. But he is gaining a reputation for helping audiences rediscover traditional Chinese music - with a contemporary twist.
Instead of the concert hall, his venues are more likely to be museums, market places and cafes. And now, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where he mixes experimental pop of the Edinburgh band FOUND with evocative Shanghai Jazz and old Cantonese melodies.
The serious purpose is to help people reconnect with both nature and culture in a fast changing world. "I am not particularly Chinese," says Kimho who comes from Hong Kong but finished his education in Germany and Edinburgh. "But this culture is part of my DNA and it seems a shame if we lose such precious pieces from the past."
The Botanics holds the biggest collection of Chinese plants outside China; a resource now being used to reintroduce threatened species to the natural world. In the same way, Kimho's intercultural performance reconnects with Chinese cultural traditions that are fast disappearing in their original habitat.
HKUGA - News Detail, 23 Dec 2010 [cached]
Kimho Ip studied music in Germany and Scotland and received his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. Since 2006 he has been supported by the Scottish Arts Council to work as musical director for the music company iMAP. He has introduced creative intercultural music learning to more than 8,000 pupils in the UK. He was invited by festivals to compose and perform in London, Amsterdam and Beijing. Currently Kimho is a visiting lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
Musical Silk Road - special concert Abden House 11 Aug 09 | News | The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2009 [cached]
Kimho Ip, the Artistic Director of iMAP Ensemble, works as a composer, cellist and Yangqin performer. His compositions have been performed at the ISCM World New Music Days (2002), music@Edinburgh festival (2003) and the Edinburgh International Festival (2005). Renowned Ensembles, such as the Edinburgh String Quartet, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, have also performed his works.
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