- Terra Han, Korean musical genius trained Asian musical instruments in the prestigious music institutes since age 4
- Ms. Han and MIT Engineering Prof. Makris began research on music string instrument since 2011 through her Rockefeller Fellowship
- MIT Prof. Nicholas Makris is one of the most prominent acousticians of music instrument
- TeRra is scheduled to have preview this fall
Terra Han, well known for a musical genius as a kayageum virtuoso and composer from South Korea, invents a new musical instrument “TeRra” with Professor Nicholas MakrisMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. TeRra is expected to have its first preview scheduled with the recording music album this fall, and is in preparation for a patent submission.
Terra Han, has been researching Asian string instruments in Korea, China, and Japan, is the first individual kayageum virtuoso to be selected as the Rockefeller Fellow in the United States in 2010, and is known to have met with professor Nicholas Makris of Acoustic department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2011. Terra Han, who has been visiting and researching the world’s musical instrument research institutes, laboratories and artisans, said that it has begun to shape new instrument TeRra around 2015.
An engineer at M.I.T, Professor Nicholas Makris is also a lute player, an ancient string instrument in the West. His works, which were on the correlation between Western musical instrument structure and sound were published in Proceedings of the Royal Society. As the senior author, he and his team at MIT acoustics found out that When air escapes a violin, “most of the airflow is coming around the edges” of the holes. Professor Makris began researching Asian strings through Ms. Han, she had a presentation and performance at the MIT room 3-207 2012 themed Introduction to the Asian Zither through the 12 stringed Korean kayageum’.
Ms. Han has studied the most representative Asian string instrument such as Korean kayageum (or gayageum), Japanese Koto and Shamisen, Chinese guqin and guzheng, and North Korean musical instruments since age 4 with prominents musicians and living human treasures in the prestigious music school such as Central Conservatory of Music in China, Tokyo University of the Arts, and Yanbian University of the Arts. As well as, she also has been performing contemporary electronic music, experimental music, etc., researched from the Center Pompidou, Paris, France, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics (IRCAM), École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-arts. She has been studying Western contemporary music, including working in New York, working as an experimental musician John Zorn, pop music producers who served such as RnB singer Alicia Keys, hip-hop Swizz Beatz, engineers, and more. Ms. Han crosses over music, science, and any kinds of genres.
Ms. Han started music as a pianist at the age of 4, she became famous as a music prodigy, in addition to playing piano and composing, since the age of 6 to the kayageum sanjo which Korean traditional genres, modern creative songs, and newly improved kayageum influenced western modern music from the 1990s in Asia. At Seoul National University which is top prestigious Academia in South Korea, she holds B.A and M.A.. As the first kayageum performer, the youngest debut of Carnegie Hall in New York as a fellow of the American Rockefeller Foundation, and in 2016, it was the first Asian traditional musician to be admitted as the Grammy Awards voting member of the Recording Academy in the United States.
Terra Han speaks 6 languages and has taken courses in quantum mechanics and effective theory in modern physics, MITx at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a founder of arts and culture portal website,terraideal.com, publisher TeRra magazine (magazineterra.com) and owns her fashion collection (terrahancollection.com).
Prf. Nicholas Makrs and Terra Han after presentation at the Massachusetts Technology of Institute 2011