Yoomia Sim: Rockstar violinist

Last updated 15:34 02/05/2014
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ROCKSTAR VIOLINIST: Christchurch musician Yoomia Sim is making a splash with her modern violin tunes.

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Christchurch musician Yoomia Sim is a modern violinist and music teacher with a difference.

She has been teaching violin, piano and music theory for more than 14 years. Her aim is to inspire her students "aged from 6 to 55", and to pass on a passion for music.

Because, like Vanessa Mae, she plays the electric violin, Sim is accustomed to comparisons.

''We are the same in that we are two Asian chicks who play the violin,'' Sim says.

''Yes, I am a classically trained violinist with an electric violin, but I am not playing crossover classical. My passion is in improvisation, electronica, tango, Latin, gypsy and funk.

''I am not like anybody else.''

Born in Korea, Sim has lived in Christchurch since she was 11.

This week she has released her debut solo music video for her song, Quake Shapes, which she wrote with producer Mr Squatch.

''It was then mastered in Britain by the same guys who do mastering for Portishead''.

The song's title is a nod to both the Christchurch earthquakes and a snack.

''I decided to name this song Quake Shapes as there was quite a big aftershock while we were writing the song,'' Sim says. ''Shapes is because we were eating Shapes' crackers while we were writing it.''

She describes the music as being a form of meditation with a ''world music feel''.

The video was shot in Nape Nape in North Canterbury.

"I wanted the video to be profound, captivating, moving and dramatic experience for all the viewers," Sims said.

''The message I want to get across is about the loss of the old city and inviting the new, that no matter how hard things are in life, how frustrating it is to live with all the road cones and the aftermath of the disaster, there is a way forward.''

Sims way of giving back to the city is to ''connect with Cantabrians and the world'' with the music she creates.

''I wanted to touch souls with my sound.''

The song is dedicated to her late father, Injin Sim, on his 60th birthday.

''For the joy of being his daughter, the loss, the longing, the sadness and the admiration I have for him.''

Check out Yoomia Sim's website.


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