Composer-performer, visual artist and radio presenter Dami (Gugak Sounds) was born in Nigeria and came to the UK aged 16. She currently splits her time between London and Seoul (South Korea) where she is currently completing her M.A. in Composition at the Seoul National University, South Korea. Her genre-crossing approach to composition blurs the boundaries and combines the very different sound cultures of traditional Korean, Nigerian and Western classical music.
In May 2018 Dami was a Sound and Music New Voices composer in residence through which she received support from ACE, PRSF, British Korean society and Talent development partner. This support has enabled her to develop her most recent project “Enlighten” – a combination of art, music and technology.
She has composed for string orchestra, mixed ‘world’ ensemble, solo piano and traditional Korean traditional instruments, also for art works, and more unusually everyday objects such as shoes, taps and plates.
As a performer her self-composed works focus mainly for percussion; particularly the Korean hour-glass drum (Janggu) and the 12 string zither (Gayageum) which she has spent studying over the last 8years
As a visual artist she created her own art pieces which in turn inspire her music writing. Through art she has also developed a method to create her own unique graphic scores.
Dami’s stage name is derived from her love for radio and the radio programme series ‘Gugak Sounds’ which she hosted focusing on exploring and learning about the sounds of Korean Music. (See link below for radio show link). https://soasradio.org/music/podcasts/gugak-sounds
Seoul National University, South Korea – (2018 – Present) – (MA. Music Composition)
Birkbeck University of London (2018) – (Pg Cert History of Art and Architecture)
SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (2017) – (Mmus. Music Performance)
University of Hertfordshire – (2007) – (BA Accounting)