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It seems the Boys Republic gig in Islington on 4 July went down well with the audience. The Korean Class Massive has a detailed account of the evening on their blog, and loads of photos on their Facebook page. Sounds like a good evening.

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London Korean Festival 2015 – a celebration of Korean culture in Trafalgar Square, 9 August

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2015
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It’s been a while since there was a big Korea-related event in Trafalgar Square – 7 years to be exact. Let’s hope the Korean food stalls clean up after themselves this time and so it won’t be another 7 years before the next big event. There’s something for everyone in the line-up for 9 August. […]

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Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI – additional concert date

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2015
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For those who can’t make it down to Kingston for SANI’s Independence Day Concert on 8 August, the ensemble will be giving a concert at SOAS the previous evening: Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI Date: 7 August 2015 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, College Buildings Room G2 Registration: Free and open to […]

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KWK: Music at All Saints, 1- 8 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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As part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, a series of concerts at All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP. Itinerary Series directors: David Sutton Anderson and Avril Anderson Consultant and Presenter: Keith Howard This concert series will provide selected members of an outstanding generation of young Korean musicians with their first recital opportunities. […]

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KWK Performance: In Nam Soon, 30-31 July

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea kicks off with an opening gala performance on 30 July: In Nam-soon and Company Thursday July 30 at 8pm, Friday July 31 at 7.30pm Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 90 mins Tickets are £10-50 Plus £1.60 transaction fee for Gala evening on 30th […]

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Boys Republic + Choi Soo Min at O2 Academy Islington

by Philip Gowman 24 June 2015
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These gigs seem to pop up from nowhere – unless you’re plugged into the fan network I guess. As of now, ten days to go before the gig, the venue hasn’t been given much information, and we’re left to google / guess that the support act, Choi Soo Min, is the ex-boxer turned crossover pianist. […]

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Lunchtime Piano Recital: Yoon Chung at St Martin-in-the-Fields

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2015
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News of a free lunchtime piano recital this Friday: Free Lunchtime Concert: Yoon Chung Pianists of the World Series Friday 26 June, 1pm – 2pm St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org Programme Haydn – Sonata in C Brahms – Albumblatt Schubert – Drei Klavierstuecke Performer Pianist Yoon Chung has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Korea and the […]

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Photos: Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group at the KCCUK

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2015
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We didn’t manage to make it to their performance with the Thames Philharmonia on Saturday 13 June, but we just managed to arrive in time for their solo performance at the KCC the day before. Here are some photos of the elegant performance of the Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group.

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Juck Juck Grunzie to play the Windmill Brixton

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
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The Windmill seems to be turning into a regular venue for Korean bands passing through London looking for a gig: JUCK JUCK GRUNZIE + Meatraffle + Primordial Soup 30 June 2015, 8pm Windmill Brixton | 22 Blenheim Gardens | London SW2 5BZ | windmillbrixton.co.uk Book Tickets (£5 + £1 service charge) Crazed, sleazy psych-noise-postpunk girl-boy […]

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2015 Travel Diary day 1: Arrivals — an evening in Hongdae

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2015
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Myeongdong, Seoul, 29 May. One flight is much like the next, the only differences being the food and in-flight entertainment. Asiana did a very acceptable bibimbap on the way out and, more ambitiously, a ssambap on the way back. Their tinned makgeolli, which I sampled on the return leg, is not to be recommended. Maybe […]

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Julpungnyu – a traditional music concert at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2015
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Notice of an upcoming traditional performance. As usual, booking is essential via info@kccuk.org.uk Traditional Korean Music Concert: Julpungnyu Fri 12 June, 7.30 pm Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose Hall The five outstanding performers that make up the Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group will come to the KCCUK to perform ‘Julpungnyu’. Julpungnyu is based on 5 […]

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The Appreciation of Art and Joy – a concerto for traditional Korean instruments with Western orchestra

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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You can often rely on the Thames Philharmonia to put together an interesting programme with a Korean angle. In June they will be presenting Bruckner’s 8th along with Hee Jung Kang’s concerto for traditional Korean instruments with symphony orchestra. The soloists, the Daegu Hyangje Julpungnyu ensemble, will also be performing at the Korean Cultural Centre […]

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BoA’s 8th – a nicely comforting comeback

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2015
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I’m rather enjoying BoA’s 8th Korean album (Kiss My Lips, released a couple of days ago). There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering musically, but it’s all kind of comforting. And I hope she doesn’t get into trouble for the 4th track, Shattered, which at 2’52” is very close to the chorus of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. On […]

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Joo Yeon Sir plays Bach/Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Waxman at the V+A

by Philip Gowman 14 May 2015
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A late addition to this month’s concert diary: Friday 15th May 2015 6:30PM (Victoria & Albert Museum, London – Norfolk House Music Room), an evening recital by Joo Yeon Sir (violin) with Irina Andrievsky (piano) Bach-Mendelssohn Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 for Violin and Piano Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in […]

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Paul McCartney in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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Sounds like Paul McCartney’s gig in Seoul went down well: “Fantastic climax to the Asian leg. Korean fans gave us the best welcome ever. We love them!” he posted on his Facebook page along with this picture: “Paul has so much aegyo and said things in Korean as much as he could” commented one Korean […]

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Indie bands apear at KCCUK, the Windmill Brixton and Liverpool Sound City

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2015
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Dead Buttons and Patients – who came to the UK last year – plus Third Stone will be performing at a rock showcase at the KCCUK on 19 May. All three bands will also be appearing at Liverpool Sound City Cavern Stage on 24 May along with Jambinai and Monoban. One day, surely, Jambinai will […]

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Sunwook Kim performs at Mill Hill Music Club

by Philip Gowman 21 April 2015
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Pianist Sunwook Kim’s next London recital is in The Henrietta Barnett School: Sunwook Kim Sunday, 10th May 2015 @ 7.30pm Mill Hill Music Club The Hall | The Henrietta Barnett School | Central Square | Hampstead Garden Suburb | London NW11 7BN Tickets: £15. Bookings via Mill Hill Music Club Bach – Partita No.2 Scriabin […]

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