Pochagi – A Tapestry of Korean Sounds

by Philip Gowman on 12 May, 2013

in Event Notices | Fusion music | Kim Hyelim | Korean traditional music

June is turning in to quite a month for Korean music. To warm us up for the big K-music festival later in the month, Hyelim Kim (SOAS) performs with the Yin Yang Collective and launches her CD at the Royal Asiatic Society on 6 June:

Pochagi – A Tapestry of Korean Sounds

Yin Yang Collective
Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 19:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, NW1 2HD (Tube: Euston Square)

Hyelim Kim Pochagi poster

Pochagi – A Tapestry of Korean Sounds is a Far East fusion concert presented by Hyelim Kim & Yin Yang Collective – an intoxicating mixture of eastern sounds Korean, Japanese and Chinese with a dash of dark Argentine tango and toe-tapping Irish folk.

Inspired by the rich pochagi patchwork cloth found in Korea, mirroring the tapestry of cultures and sounds on offer, this is a unique opportunity to hear five outstanding East Asian musicians on stage together for the first time, played by artist currently resident in London. This concert also launches renowned taegum player Hyelim Kim’s debut CD – Nim: Hyelim Kim Taegum Collection

Yin Yang Collective (YYC) devised this special concert to showcase Hyelim Kim and the taegum (Korean Flute), a traditional instrument in Korea, but used increasingly for popular and crossover styles. The concert displays Hyelim’s extraordinary versatility with a selection of music from the Far East and the West, including a World and European premiere.

Alongside Hyelim there will be Japanese shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa, currently the only professional Tsugaru Shamisen player in the UK, multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lee on Chinese flute & zither, rising Korean opera singer Bomi Kim, the widely-used Korean drums, Changgo player Hyunseok Kwon, Charlie Cawood on Daruan (Moonlute) and YYC’s own Director, Mark Troop on piano. Using the Taegum as its starting point, the concert takes a musical journey through folk and classical styles of Korea, Japan and China, flirting with tango (Piazzolla’s Oblivion) and toe-tapping Irish folk before returning home.

Yin Yang Collective

Clockwise, from top left: Dennis Lee (Chinese flute & zither), Hyunseok Kwon (changgo), Hibiki Ichikawa (shamisen), Mark Troop (piano, artistic director), Bomi Kim (soprano), Charlie Cawood (Moon Lute / guitar)

Yin Yang Collective is London’s East-West fusion band. Formed in 2008 as part of the China Now Festival, YYC promotes music-based programmes of exciting originality: dance, theatre, Shanghai cabaret and even live music for film. Yin Yang Collective is part of the Chamber Music Company, focusing on the group’s increasing interest in the Far East.

This event is supported by Anglo Korean Society and Chamber Music Company

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