Kim Chow-Morris

Associate Professor

Research: Kim Chow-Morris’ peer-reviewed academic publications range from topics such as Taoist influence on Eastern China’s Jiangnan sizhu ensemble music, to conceptions of socio-musical hybridity in Montreal’s Chinese community, and compositional intersections of music and architecture. Most recently, she is completing a SSHRC-funded monograph on Chinese music and musicians in Canada from the earliest days of Chinese immigration to the present. Her current research interests include music and spirituality, theories of disjuncture, inter-subjectivity, bird song, social and stylistic hybridity in Chinese instrumental music (Jiangnan sizhu, folk traditions, Chinese guoyue orchestras, Cantonese opera, guqin), and Chinese music in diaspora.

Creative: Kim Chow-Morris’ CDs, soundtrack recordings, and live performances have been broadcast internationally on CBC Radio, China’s CCTV, History Television, Omni TV, and Fairchild Radio, among others. She has performed for Canada’s former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, and her dizi (bamboo flute) music has been played in space by astronaut Steve MacLean as part of David Mott’s piano concerto Eclipse. Chow-Morris played for ten years with the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and led the professional Chinese chamber group the Yellow River Ensemble for over a decade. She has performed on western flute and Chinese winds (dizi, xiao, bawu, and hulusi) in China, Hong Kong, India, Canada, and the United States.