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Browsing in the Hankyoreh yesterday I came across some charming pictures of Queen Yuna. This particular one, with the famous yellow logo on the CD cover … … got me googling for Deutsche Grammophon compilations of Kim’s backing tracks. And I came across this: Scrolling down to the tracklist I find that the label hasn’t […]

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Book review: Mark James Russell — K-POP Now!

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2014
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Mark James Russell: K-POP Now! – The Korean music revolution Tuttle Publishing, 2014, 128pp If the only thing you know about K-pop is Gangnam Style, this book is for you. And even for someone who knows a bit about the subject, this is a handy book to browse. For me, as an occasional lurker and […]

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Beyond Taegŭm: Jason Verney’s film of the evening at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2014
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Those who were unable to make it to Asia House last year to see Kim Hyelim’s lecture-recital on the broad range of capabilities of the Korean Taegŭm can now enjoy a full-length film of the evening by Jason Verney / Native Nomad Pictures, with added extras: View more of Jason’s films on his Vimeo account.

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Koreans come 1st and 2nd in Hastings Piano comp

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2014
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Congratulations to 17 year-old Lee Taek-gi on winning the first prize (and £10,000) in this year’s Hastings International Piano Competition with his performance of Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto. Runner-up was Sunwoo Yekwon, winning £2,500. The final of the competition was on 8 March. Source: Hastings International Piano Competition

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If you’re into J-pop as well as K-pop, Japako is for you

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2014
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I just received an email from Japako magazine in my inbox – a new magazine (available by preorder) that covers Korean and Japanese pop music and culture. There 2nd issue is available for preorder now, with a special deal to get the first issue as well. Here’s what they told me: Japako Music was founded […]

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Minjung Baek plays Scriabin, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Pianist Minjung Baek will be giving a lunchtime concert in St. Martins’ Church Hall, Ruislip, on Wednesday 26 February at 12:15pm [Map] The programme includes Scriabin Sonata No.2 Beethoven’s last piano sonata Chopin Ballade no.1 Ravel La Valse. Links: www.minjungbaek.com

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Han Kim plays the Mozart Clarinet Concerto

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Clarinet prodigy Han Kim will be playing the Clarinet Concerto in an all-Mozart programme performed by the Ariel Consort of London conducted by Douglas Lee on 1 March. The concert, which will be held at 7:30pm in St Matthew’s Church, Durham Road, West Wimbledon, London SW20 0DE [Map] is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer […]

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Seoul Philharmonic records Unsuk Chin for DG

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Chung Myung-whun were in the recording studio for Deutsche Grammophon last month recording Unsuk Chin’s concertos for Sheng (with Wu Wie), Piano (with Sunwook Kim) and Cello (with Alban Gerhardt – who premiered the work at the BBC Proms in 2009 – LKL review here). The orchestra will be coming […]

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K-Pop Now! by Mark James Russell – coming soon from Tuttle Publishing

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2014
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At LKL, we loved Mark James Russell’s first book on the Korean entertainment industry, Pop Goes Korea. So we’re looking forward to his follow-up, focusing more narrowly on K-pop, which is due to be launched in April from Tuttle Publishing. It’s already available for preorder on Amazon.co.uk. Below is the official press release, or you […]

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DJ Masa Live in London

by Philip Gowman 10 February 2014
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There have been K-pop nights in London before, but not one that has created this amount of buzz… DJ Masa Live in London Get ready for the biggest K-pop club night London has seen yet – DJ Masa, the most famous international K-pop DJ is coming to perform LIVE in London for his last international […]

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Hyelim Kim reviewed in Songlines magazine

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2014
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Congratulations to Hyelim Kim for receiving a four-star review from Songlines magazine (Jan / Feb 2014 edition) for her debut CD, Nim: Taegum Collection. The disk, released in 2013 at a concert at the Royal Asiatic Society, contains many of the pieces she has been performing in London over the past year or two, from […]

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Korean indie musician invited to Glastonbury

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2013
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Is this a first for a Korean musician? Singer-songwriter Choi Go-eun (최고은, also known as Gonne Choi) will be performing at Glastonbury in 2014, according to the Chosun Ilbo. Here’s hoping she stops off in London on the way. Here she is singing Eric’s Song: You can find some of her tracks on iTunes under […]

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All I want for Christmas …

by Philip Gowman 26 December 2013
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This MBC video is at least two years old, but like a Richard Curtis film it bears watching again.

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Grace Yeo at the Wigmore Hall

by Philip Gowman 9 December 2013
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Grace Yeo will be providing relief from the post-Christmas sales with a piano recital at the Wigmore Hall on 27 December: Grace Yeo (piano) 27 December 2013, 7:30pm Wigmore Hall Ticket Prices £8 £9 £11 £13 Programme Haydn: Piano Sonata in Eb HXVI:52 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’ Bartók: […]

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Jihoon Kim Lunchtime recital at the Royal Opera House

by Philip Gowman 5 December 2013
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Coming up on Monday 9 December, a programme of classical Korean works selected by Korean Jette Parker Principal Jihoon Kim, to be performed with piano, traditional Korean instruments and a Samulnori percussion group. Check out the Classical Iconoclast for a detailed preview of what to expect. At the Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House Covent […]

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Gig review: Hyelim Kim, Byron Wallen + notes inégales

by Philip Gowman 2 December 2013
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I’m sure most of you have been in the scenario of trying to get a drink in a busy bar, with an overstretched barman (or maid) not having a clue who’s next in the unspoken queue. He looks around, and whoever shouts loudest gets served. You wonder if you will ever get your thirst quenched. […]

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Hyelim Kim with Byron Wallen at the London Jazz Festival

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2013
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Hyelim Kim continues to push the boundaries of the daegeum, this time in a jazz direction: Byron Wallen & Hyelim Kim Thursday 21 November | 8:00PM LONDON Club Inégales | 180 North Gower Street | London | NW1 2NB We are proud to be part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival! We welcome back […]

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