K-music Festival

This year’s K-music festival is the biggest yet, with nine concerts lined up for the series, and with only one act which could be described as from the mainstream indie world, the programme promises to be the most interesting yet. As is fitting in the year of UK-Korea cultural collaboration, many of the concerts this […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Park Jiha, 25 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Park Jiha’s appearance in the Purcell Room at K-music 2015 was something rather special (LKL review here), and her album Communion was one of our favourites of 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Korean Music Awards in two categories. A great way to round off K-music 2017. Jiha Park: Communion Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8pm […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Kingston Rudieska, 23 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Kingston Rudieska bring the Caribbean summer to Autumn in London: Kingston Rudieska Monday 23 October 2017, 8:30pm Borderline | Orange Yard | Manette St | Soho | London W1D 4JB Book tickets Seoul may not be first city you think of when you say “Ska!”, but there is a fanatical ska and reggae movement there, […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — AUX, 15 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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This concerts promises to be intensely exciting, and Rich Mix is the perfect venue for it. AUX (억스) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA | richmix.org.uk Sunday 15 October 2017, 8:30pm Book tickets Psychedelic pansori-rock from Korea crashlands in Shoreditch en route to the Womex festival. AUX bring together screaming […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Woojae Park, Soumik Datta + Shogo Yoshii, 9 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Woojae Park is best known in Europe for his beautiful collaborations with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – he created the music for Fractus V, which played at Sadlers Wells and toured worldwide. In a rave review, The Guardian described the music as ‘a marvellous braid of sound, fusing Middle Eastern influences to a wildly ecstatic […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Hyelim Kim + Alice Zawadzki, 2 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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A major theme running through this year’s K-music festival is that of collaboration between Korean and Western musicians. Hyelim Kim has been collaborating across genres for many years, most recently at Club Inegales. Her collaboration with vocalist / violinist Alice Zawadzki in the intimate Vortex venue should be special. They gave us a preview of […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Jeduk Jeon + Juwon Park, 27 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Harmonica legend Jeduk Jeon is one of the great figures of Korean music today. Blind since birth, he’s been compared to Toots Thielemans for his formidably virtuosic style. Guitarist Juwon Park’s band has been influenced by flamenco and gypsy jazz, but their range goes even wider. Expect a soulful celebration from this special collaboration: Jeduk […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Heemoon Lee & Prelude, 24 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Last year’s K-music gig in the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room was a great success. This year’s blend of jazz and Korean traditional folk music looks to be equally as promising. Heemoon Lee & Prelude Sunday 24 September 2017, 8pm LONDON Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room | Kensington Gore | London SW7 2AP £15 + booking […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Black String & Kathryn Tickell, 15 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The 2017 K-Music festival opens with an interesting collaboration between fusion band Black String and Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell: Black String & Kathryn Tickell Friday 15 Sept 2017, 7:30pm Union Chapel | Compton Terrace | London N1 2UN Book tickets London’s Festival of Korean Music opens with Black String + special guest Kathryn Tickell This […]

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K-music 2017: full programme announced

by Events Editor 9 July 2017
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It seems wrong to be posting details of events in the Autumn when summer has only just started, but I’m a great believer in being able to plan your diary a couple of months in advance, and there’s lots here that you will want to come along to. K-Music 2017: Full Programme Announced 15 September […]

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K-music review: Darkness Poomba at The Place, Euston

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2016
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For the final event of K-Music 2016 we were introduced to the first UK visit of Modern Table headed by the multi-talented Kim Jae-duk, who choreographed the work as well as being an integral member of the dance troupe, though much of the time he was also front of stage singing or playing various wind […]

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Gig review: Asian Chairshot + Danpyunsun and the Sailors @ RichMix

by 앤서방 20 December 2016
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앤서방 reviews the second of 2016’s K-music festival gigs at Rich Mix  Each year I look forward to visits from Korean indie musicians to the UK. Starting with ska-punk rabble rousers Crying Nut’s thrilling London show in 2006, over the years we have been treated to some of the most interesting, exciting and original acts: […]

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Gig Review: Kyungso Park and Andy Sheppard in the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2016
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Recent collaborations between British and Korean musicians have not always been successful. A planned experiment between jazz trumpeter Guy Barker and Samulnori founder Kim Duk-soo never happened because the latter went awol when Barker came to visit. Instead, having already been booked for the 2008 Dano Festival in Trafalgar Square, Barker appeared briefly on stage […]

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Jambinai at the Oslo Hackney – a second-hand mini-review

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2016
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We didn’t manage to get to Jambinai at the Oslo Hackney as this year. Nor it seems did the Guardian or Resonate, who have been diligent reviewers of the other K-Music gigs. Jambinai were certainly one of the highlights of last year’s festival – and I would have loved to have got to see them […]

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Gig review: Patients + Idiotape @ Rich Mix

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2016
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Sometimes you enjoy an event but don’t know what to say about it. Rock music is not one of my own core competencies. I know when a band enthuses me, but if asked to describe the style or genre, or to compare the musicians with other, possibly Western, reference points I’m usually at a loss. […]

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Gig review: Youn Sun Nah + Ulf Wakenius @ Union Chapel

by Philip Gowman 6 October 2016
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It’s been too long since Youn Sun Nah performed in London: five long years. Last time was a small, intimate venue – Pizza Express in Soho – and the time before was the Queen Elizabeth Hall – more generous in terms of space but one that made the performers work hard to create the atmosphere. […]

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Concert notes: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe at the British Museum

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2016
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Although the official opening concert of K-Music 2016 is Nah Youn-sun with Ulf Wakenius on 20 September, the British Museum’s Chuseok celebrations in collaboration with the KCC have given us several performances by the contemporary gugak group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. They presented a programme of traditional music in the Korean Gallery on the morning […]

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