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Tickets have been sold out for months but, for the archives, Dok2 + The Quiett are performing at The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Rd, E8 3FN on 19 Feb from 8pm till late. If I remember right, this is Dok2’s second appearance in London. Links: Event’s Facebook page. Book tickets here.

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Event news: History 히스토리 to perform in Islington

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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K-pop fans will already have booked their tickets but, for the record, History’s (히스토리) UK debut is at the O2 Academy in Islington on 21 February. Tickets via Arpeggios Entertainment. More details on the event’s Facebook page. Here’s a taster: I can’t help feeling it’s rather like Stephen Colbert’s K-pop parody Talking in Korean…

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Event news: inaugural Korean Sounds concert at Kings Place

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2016
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The year the KCC is organising a series of concerts at Kings Place, linking in with the K-Music Festival later in the year. We start the year with a recital given by three young London-based soloists in a varied programme that includes some Korean lyric songs. Korean Sounds 1: Minjung Baek (piano) with Marisol Lee […]

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Dami Eniola introduces Gugak Sounds, London’s traditional Korean music radio station

by Dami Eniola 21 December 2015
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My name is Dami, I currently study at SOAS university majoring in music performance. My area of study focus is mainly on Korean music. A passion which I have decided to share with people through my radio program called Gugak Sounds. As a foreigner to Korea, understanding the various genres of Korean traditional music was […]

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Another Korean Chopin expert…

by Philip Gowman 27 November 2015
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All eyes are currently on Cho Seong-jin, winner of this year’s Chopin competition. But while we wait for the reviews of his debut Deutsche Grammophon release, let’s not forget other Korean pianists with an affinity for Chopin. In this months’s Grammophone one of the Editor’s Choices is a disk of Chopin preludes by Lim Dong-hyek: […]

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Event news: EBRD hosts a Korean traditional music concert

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2015
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A nice way for City folks to round off your day in the office, if you are able to get away from your desks promptly. Registration is required via the EBRD website. Concert of traditional Korean music (EBRD Asian Network) EBRD | One Exchange Square | London EC2A 2JN Tuesday 8 December, 5:15 for 6pm […]

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Event news: Prof Keith Howard lecture and book launch

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2015
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SOAS’s Professor Keith Howard is launching two books next week at one of the regular free Friday evening seminars. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to buy the books at half the normal price. Sounding Korea Professor Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London) Friday 27 November, 17:15 – 19:00 B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University […]

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Event news: Han-earl Park Trio at Cafe Oto and elsewhere

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2015
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Cafe Oto hosts the London stop on a three-city tour of England by the Han-earl Park Trio this December: Han-earl Park Trio with Dominic Lash and Mark Sanders plus Caroline Pugh Somewhere out there, there’s an SUV-sized violin tailgating, a No Wave guitarist desperately trying to survive in the Appalachian Mountains, someone dropping sheets of […]

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Event news: The art and sounds of Korea, at the British Museum, 14 Nov

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2015
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Coming up next Saturday at the British Museum, an event focusing on Joseon music and culture: The art and sounds of Korea Saturday 14 November 2015, 13.15–14.15 British Museum, Room 67 (The Korea Foundation Gallery) A special gallery talk by Eleanor S Hyun, British Museum, and Hyelim Kim, taegŭm performer. Gallery talks are suitable for […]

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Joo Yeon Sir’s November concert diary

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2015
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We hope some of you caught Joo Yeon Sir’s Albert Hall debut on Friday. Here are the dates from her November concert diary: Monday 2 November 1.10PM (St. James’s Piccadilly, London), Lunchtime Recital with Irina Andrievsky (piano) performing works by Poulenc, Sir Karl Jenkins and Grieg Friday 6 November 7.30PM (Derby University, Derbyshire), Evening Recital […]

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Event news: Okkyung Lee residency at Cafe Oto

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2015
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Okkyung Lee is one of the performers participating in Sora Kim’s current exhibition at the KCC. Thanks to Lissy for pointing this series of performances out to me. This is a residency I’m really excited about and I’m going to be sure to get to one of the evenings. Okkyung Lee – Four Day Residency […]

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Cho Seong-jin wins Chopin Competition

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2015
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Congratulations to Cho Seong-jin for winning first prize in the 17th International Fryderyck Chopin Piano Competition. The award was presented on 21 October in Warsaw. The below video is of stage III of the finals on 14 October. Cho starts to play at about 1:13:30 and continues for one hour. Links: chopincompetition2015.com

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Event news: Sumi Hwang Wigmore Hall recital

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2015
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Last year’s Queen Elisabeth Competition winner Sumi Hwang will be performing at the Wigmore Hall next week as part of the Rosenblatt Recital Series. LKL readers can benefit from a discounted ticket offer of £16 tickets for £10 using the code “Rosenblatt1610” when booking on the phone or in person. Sumi Hwang soprano | Helmut […]

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Bulsechul album now available on iTunes

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2015
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Many LKL followers may also be tuning in to Gugak Sounds on SOAS Radio, in which presenter and SOAS student Dami Eniola shares her passion of Korean traditional music and contemporary music using traditional instruments. We’re now in to Season 2, in which she will be focusing on folk music such as sanjo, but in […]

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Concert Notes: National Gugak Centre at the Lilian Baylis Theatre

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2015
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You can’t really have a Korean music festival without some traditional music as once enjoyed by the court and literati. And who better to perform it that members of Korea’s National Gugak Centre, the body established to preserve and perform such music. The musicians have been touring Europe, most recently in Paris to launch Année […]

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Event news: Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto to receive UK premiere

by Philip Gowman 16 October 2015
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Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Conerto will be getting its UK premiere on 22 October as part of the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series. It is scored for orchestra with a huge percussion session: the publisher’s website lists such instruments as a bell-tree, washboard, wine glass in B-flat, 2 fishing reels and a vibraslap. Kent Nagano, who […]

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