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
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.
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
You can hear more from Kimho
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.
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
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.