Based in New York City, Odd Appetite is the duo of performers/composers Ha-Yang Kim (cello) and Nathan Davis (percussion). Both classically trained in American and European conservatories, Odd Appetite composes, collaborates, and performs its own music written for this unique instrumentation as well as performing commissioned works by select composers. Their programs defy what the typical new music concert experience is - and defines what it can be - by offering music that is both subtle and visceral, complex yet unified by narrative and gesture. Critic Kyle Gann praised Odd Appetite in the Village Voice as "Expert virtuoso players", and David Cleary raved in 21st Century Music "The splendid duo Odd Appetite displayed careful chamber music interaction, a well-tuned ear for ensemble balance, and technical dexterity to burn."

In addition to performing music from the West they have dedicated themselves to studying and performing music of Bali and of South India (Karnatic music), and use electronics to extend and exaggerate the acoustic properties of their instruments. Giant Balinese gongs, microtonal glockenspiel, drums, cowbells, tuned aluminum pipes, and hammered dulcimer are played alongside a de-tuned and amplified cello with stomp boxes and electronic effects, all played with dazzling virtuosity, passion and spirit. Odd Appetite has traveled the world in search of new sounds and languages, and their music is a manifestation of the zeal that they have for the music of today and this world.

Recent seasons included performances as soloists at Carnegie Hall (with a gamelan orchestra), at the Bali Arts Festival, At the Bang on a Can Marathon Festival in New York, and premieres of original compositions in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Belgium, Seoul (Korea), and the US. Ama, a CD of Ms. Kim's music recently released on Tzadik, includes Odd Appetite in two compositions written by her for the duo. Upcoming events for this year include concerts in Holland, Belgium, and Russia at the Apositsia Festival in St. Petersburg and the Long Arms Festival in Moscow. The ISCM will present Odd Appetite in the world premiere of a new commissioned work by Lee Hyla at Symphony Space in New York as well as other venues in the US.

Odd Appetite have been in residence and conducted educational outreach as guest artists at Brown University, Harvard, Brandeis, Wellesley, Dartmouth, and other colleges, as well as the Walden School for Young Composers and Monadnock Music in New Hampshire. The have received grants and support from the Argosy Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Meet the Composer.

(Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net)



Cellist, composer and improviser Ha-Yang Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. Ha-Yang made her professional solo debut at age 16 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Hailed as "phenomenal" and playing with "brilliant technique full of energy, concentration, musicality and expression" (Mainpost, Germany), she performs new music as a soloist and with ensembles and artists in festivals and concert venues throughout the world. She is the founder of Odd Appetite, a cello-percussion duo which performs and commissions new contemporary works alongside original works and improvisations. Ms. Kim has developed a unique language of extended string techniques and has created her own music based on this work, as well as collaborating on new pieces from other composers. Her musical influences draw equally from a range of western classical music, American experimentalism, rock, jazz, and improvised music, to non-western musical sources from Bali, Korea and South Indian classical music (Karnatic). Her music has been performed in the US, Turkey, The Netherlands, Belgium, Korea, and Germany. In seeking new musical experiences, Ha-Yang has performed traditional and new Balinese music as a member of Gamelan Galak Tika, and has collaborated/ performed with many diverse musicians such as Evan Ziporyn, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Lee Hyla, Louis Andriessen, Lukas Ligeti, Larry Polansky, and Stefan Poetzsch, with whom she has presented original compositions incorporating electronics, dance, theatre, and multi-media.

Past performances include as soloist at Carnegie Hall, touring and playing at festivals in the US, Europe, Cuba and Bali, Indonesia, performing at the Bang on a Can Marathon with both her duo and the All-Stars, composing for and performing at the Kwacheon International Theatre Festival in Seoul, Korea, a solo recital at the Hochschule fur Musik in Wurzburg, Germany, and broadcast recordings for the Bavarian Radio Network. Upcoming performances of her music include at festivals in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Holland, Belgium and in the US. Ama, a CD of her own compositions, is released on Tzadik. Ms. Kim has also recorded for New World, Cold Blue, New Albion, Karnatic Lab and Bridge Records.

She has received prizes and awards including a grant from Meet the Composer, Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Argosy Foundation, the Ruth Schwob Foundation, and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kim has been an artist-in-residence at Princeton University, Brown University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Bates College, Brandeis University and at the Walden School for Young Composers. Ha-Yang studied cello, improvisation, and microtonality at the New England Conservatory of Music, Karnatic music concepts at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and was on the faculty at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, USA. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Nathan Davis is an activist for new music as a composer and percussionist. He is a cofounder of Odd Appetite, performing at Carnegie Hall and in the Bang on a Can marathon. He also cofounded the mixed sextet Non Sequitur and is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Concert and festival engagements have brought him to Russia, Turkey, Cuba, Bali (with Gamelan Galak-Tika), and on tours of Europe and the U.S. He has worked in collaboration with other composers such as Christian Wolff, Evan Ziporyn, Lee Hyla and Larry Polansky, preparing chamber works for performance and recording on Tzadik, Cold Blue, New Albion, Tzadik, Centaur, Bridge, and Karnatic Lab Records.

Nathan’s music has been performed in the US, the Netherlands, Canada, and at the Festival de la Musica Electroacoustica in Cuba, and aboard the trans-Siberian railroad. Several of his microphone pieces (works for ordinary acoustic instruments amplified with handheld microphones and processed by computer) have recently been released on a solo cd, Memory Spaces. These “works unveil and magnify the often overlooked sensual complexities of simple acoustic phenomena” (Lou Mallozzi, ESS). Among them, Diving Bell was a winner of the 2003 ISCM Composers Competition, and Crawlspace is featured on NPR’s Art of the States, heard worldwide. Nathan has received two grants from the Meet the Composer Fund, including a commission to write and perform a program of his pieces for percussion and electronics at the 2002 Outer Ear Festival in Chicago. His acoustic music is published by Frog Peak.

A dedicated instructor and chamber coach, Nathan taught percussion and led ensembles at Dartmouth College from 1999-2004, and he has given masterclasses on extended percussion techniques, theater, and electronics at Yale University, the Longy School of Music, and UMass Amherst. He has been an artist in residence at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Brandeis, and the Walden School for Young Composers.

Nathan earned Bachelors degrees in both composition and percussion at Rice University. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study with Robert Van Sice at the Rotterdams Conservatorium in Holland, receiving an Artist diploma in marimba performance, and subsequently he received a Masters in Music from Yale University.

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