The highly original and innovative music of composer and drummer Lukas Ligeti draws upon Downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, and traditions from around the world. Based in Southern California since 2015 after living in New York City for 17 years, he also spends significant time in South Africa. He has performed with John Zorn, Gary Lucas, Marilyn Crispell, John Tchicai, Michael Manring, Jon Rose, and Robert Dick. Ligeti has given solo electronics performances worldwide, and has been active in experimental intercultural collaboration across Africa since 1994. He co-leads the groups Hypercolor (with guitarist Eyal Maoz and bassist James Ilgenfritz) and Burkina Electric (the first electronica band from Burkina Faso in West Africa). In 2010, he received the CalArts Alpert Award in Music. Ligeti is Assistant Professor of Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at UC Irvine.
Praised as “spectacular” by the Los Angeles Times and “extraordinary” by the Ventura County Star, the Times also describes percussionist Ji Hye Jung as “a centered player who can give the impression of being very still yet at all places at once.” Ms. Jung began concertizing in her native South Korea at the age of nine where she performed more than 100 concerts including solo appearances with every major orchestra in Korea. Soon after coming to the United States in 2004, Ms. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. With percussion repertoire still in its formative stages, Ms. Jung feels strongly about collaborating with composers to further the creation of a new voice for the art form. As an artist endorser, she proudly represents Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals.