Music

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I’m looking forward to this particular seminar at SOAS. Andrew Killick’s book on Hwang Byungki is published by Ashgate (September 2013). You can read LKL’s 2010 interview with Hwang Byungki here. Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea Andrew Killick (University of Sheffield) Date: 17 October 2014, 5:15 – […]

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The Massive reports from this week’s UKISS gig

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2014
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Many of us were torn on Wednesday between the IRIS screening with Q&A at the Curzon Soho and the UKISS concert at the Forum. Those who chose to go to screening instead of the gig should see what they missed by reading the Korean Class Massive’s review of the evening. They’ve got some great photos […]

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Film music concert in memory of the Sewol victims

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2014
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Nicely coinciding with the KCC’s focus on film music this quarter, there is a concert of film music dedicated to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster in New Malden this Saturday. London Film Music Concert D&P Ensemble (Director Byung-Yun YU) Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 7:30PM NEW MALDEN METHODIST CHURCH 49 High St, New Malden […]

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Cho Young-wuk to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in his “Oldboy Suite”

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2014
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At the time of writing, according to the KCC website there are just 3 seats left for the Oldboy screening on Thursday. But people who have booked will have received an email to remind them that if they don’t turn up promptly their seat will be given to people on the waiting list. Whatever, if […]

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Jasmine Choi plays Yiruma

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2014
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A pretty tune by Korean crossover composer Yiruma (이루마), arranged for flute and piano by Hugh Sung. It comes from Jasmine Choi’s album of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio: The whole CD is available on iTunes | Amazon.com

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The Seoul Philharmonic – a young orchestra with “an extraordinary sense of adventure”

by Philip Gowman 7 September 2014
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On 27 August, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra made its Proms debut, the first Korean orchestra to play at the famous music festival. At the Pre-Prom talk earlier that evening across the road at the Royal College of Music, Michael Fine and Hyunjin Park of the Seoul Philharmonic, and Dr Haekyung Eom of Liverpool University, talked […]

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UKISS at the Kentish Town Forum

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2014
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So the first, and maybe the only, big live K-pop event in London this year is UKISS, at the Forum, a 2,300 capacity venue in Kentish Town, on 24 September. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

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DJ Joonki’s K-pop mash-up

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening event of the Korean Artists Association residency on 12 August, here’s the DJ set from Joonki, via his YouTube channel. He was only alotted 5 minutes, but did pretty well to cover 30 years of K-pop. I’d like to hear something a bit longer […]

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Leodo: Paradise Lost — Norian Maro returns to the Fringe

by Philip Gowman 6 August 2014
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Here’s the official press release for Norian Maro’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe production Leodo: Paradise Lost. The show has developed out of last year’s production, Pudasi, which LKL reviewed here. The Stage has already given this year’s upgraded version a four-star review: “The talented seven-member ensemble never flags in energy, choreographic skill or audience engagement” The […]

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The Seoul Philharmonic at the BBC Proms – with a Proms Plus intro

by Philip Gowman 4 August 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic will be at the BBC Proms under their music director Myung-Whun Chung on 27 August. The programme includes work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin. The Prom is preceded by a free talk in the Royal College of Music, 5:45pm-6:30pm, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, focusing on the orchestra and […]

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K-pop world festival 2014

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2014
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I’m sure you’ve all heard about this from sources more K-pop focused than LKL, but just in case… Deadline for entries is 20 August. K-pop World Festival 2014 The chance to perform on stage to tens of thousands, shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best idols in K-Pop, could all be yours with the KBS K-Pop […]

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Jasmine Choi premieres Songbird’s Journey – a flute concerto composed for her

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2014
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LKL has always been a fan of Jasmine Choi (최나경) – and not just because she was our first interview with a classical musician, over 5 years ago. She had an excellent Wigmore debut, has released four solo CDs and recorded her fifth last month. She has now had a new flute concerto composed for […]

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“Jazz” in the DPRK: Autumn Whispers and the forbidden fruit of Richard Clayderman

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2014
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I’ve just finished reading Jang Jin-sung’s memoir, Dear Leader. It’s a real page-turner that will appeal to many types of readers, including people who like a good adventure story (the passages describing Jang’s evasion of Chinese and North Korean security forces once he has fled from the North Korean capital are genuinely exciting) and of […]

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A special offer on Ensemble Sinawi for LKL readers

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Enjoying Seoul in the City so far? Me too. I’m not sure we’ll get around to reviewing everything on LKL, but Matthew’s account of Sir Robert Harris’s talk on UK-Korea relations, and Colette’s review of Andersen’s Gazes, will both be posted soon. There’s plenty more to come, but I wanted to share with you a […]

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Ensemble Sinawi in Artist Talk: Think in Performance

by Philip Gowman 24 June 2014
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As part of the Seoul in the City strand of the City of London Festival, SOAS is hosting an evening of performance and instruction with Korean fusion band Ensemble Sinawi. The ensemble is performing at LSO St Luke’s on the previous evening, 8 July. Artist Talk: Think In Performance Beyond Borders: Re-creating Pansori in the […]

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Ensemble Sinawi at LSO St Luke’s – don’t miss one of the highlights of COLF

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2014
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For many LKL followers, the highlight of the City of London Festival this year will be the performance by Ensemble Sinawi at LSO St Luke’s on 8 July. If you liked Geomungo Factory at the K-Music festival last year, or have caught Baramgot on one of their London performances, this evening’s performance will be a […]

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Korean performances at the City of London Festival

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2014
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This year’s City of London Festival has a Korean focus. And although most of the performances in the festival are of Western classical music, there is a Korean Hamlet from Yohangza Theatre Company (who do a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream), fusion music from Ensemble Sinawi and contemporary and street dance too. Sunwook Kim (piano) Wednesday […]

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