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About Ko

I am a composer, a producer, and a musician. I have worked closely with and composed for independent films, documentaries, and short films, which include additional music for the documentary extras in the Warner Brothers blue-ray edition of Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. I have worked as a session keyboardist and have been fortunate to work with musicians from varying musical backgrounds.

I have received extensive education and experience in music composition, live-playing, synthesizer keyboarding, and have studied various of styles of music at Musicians Institute’s in Hollywood, California and the master class with Hans Zimmer.

I am extremely passionate about all kinds of music. In my teenage years, I participated in high school marching band, concert band, jazz band, Latin jazz band, steel drum band, and Latin percussion. These experiences exposed me to the manifold instruments and rhythms of the world. Lastly, in my college years, I also participated in jazz combo.

From here onward, I look forward to creating new and exciting musical pieces for films and video games, making new friends, and to expand my experiences as a musician.







Credits

  • Rosemary

    Rosemary (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer Rosemary is a drama about Sara, who lost her singer-songwriter husband, Jim, in a car accident two months earlier. She experiences a crisis when she learns of a promise from Jim to one of his biggest fans, Ema. The film follows Sara's emotional journey, eventually showing how she handles the situation and ultimately emerges as a better human being. Written by The Mavo

  • PBS The Hmong and the Secret War

    PBS The Hmong and the Secret War (2017)
    Documentary Composer

  • Cultured Pearl: Voices of Uganda

    Cultured Pearl: Voices of Uganda (2012)
    Film (Documentary, Biography and War) Composer A short documentary following clan leader, Ssimbwa Busulwa, as he faces the dilemma whether to modernize his people (and lose their culture) or maintain his people's traditions (and lose their future). Pressing issues facing Uganda, and sub-Saharan Africa such as violence/tribalism, HIV/AIDS, civil war, education, agriculture, are presented through the words of Ugandans themselves. Written by Anonymous

  • Nyab Siab Zoo

    Nyab Siab Zoo (2009)
    Film (Drama) Composer After the death of Lady Va Cha's husband and two sons, she returns to the northern lands of her husband's clan. Of her two daughters-in-law, one decides to follow her into a marginal village existence in a steeply patriarchal society. Nyab Siab Zoo (The Good-hearted Daughter) is a tale of two widows bounded by lost and love. Written by Burlee Vang

  • Gran Torino: Next Door

    Gran Torino: Next Door (2009)
    Video (Documentary and Short) Composer For Hmong Americans, Gran Torino marks a cinematic debut - the first time they have participated as characters, cast and crew in a major motion picture. This documentary takes a very personal look at the Hmong experience and their stories, both on and off the set. Written by Anonymous

Education

  • Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA)

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