The Making of Instruments: A Process of Failures, Prototypes, and Works in Progress

Works By Sung Kim – Improvisor, Sculptor, and Instrument Builder

Join us for the opening reception and performance of the Studio’s artist in resident Sung Kim, Bay Area based improvisor, sculptor, and instrument builder.

Kim’s original instruments will be exhibited from September through November. In addition to the exhibit, the Studio will be hosting performances by Kim and collaborating musicians. At the performances, Kim will perform a solo demonstration of the prototype instruments that led to the evolution of the instrument that will be played as part of an ensemble.

Kim’s work as an instrument builder was born out the necessity to create a voice for himself, one that he could articulate and compose from. His instruments are all works in progress and by treating them as such, this allows him to constantly develop and build in an organic manner. Many of the pieces begin as individual as individual components built as Kim develops solutions dealing with mechanics, playing techniques, and resonance. These components are then combined, modified, or discarded, as needed.



Dave Dupuis - Apis Dorsata
Brian Pedersen - Clarinet
Sung Kim - Nuns Horn