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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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Shin Yoon-seok lunchtime recital at St George-the-Martyr

by Philip Gowman 11 April 2015
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An upcoming piano recital in Southwark: Free lunchtime recital with Yoon-Seok Shin (piano) Church of St George the Martyr | Borough High Street | London SE1 1JA [Map] Thursday 16th April, 1pm Sonata for Keyboard No 38 in F Hob XVI/23 – (Franz) Joseph Haydn Nocturne No 9 in B Op 32 No 1 – […]

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Minjung Baek and Marisol Lee in duo recital

by Philip Gowman 7 April 2015
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The exciting young duo from South Korea, Marisol Lee (violin) and MinJung Baek (piano) will be performing two recitals on 20 and 21 April: a lunchtime recital at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo, which bills itself as “the most intimate and unique event space in central London”, with the programme repeated the next day […]

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National Youth Orchestra premieres new Unsuk Chin commission

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2015
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The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has commissioned a new work by Unsuk Chin which will be premiered at a concert at Sage Gateshead on 9 April. The programme, which also includes Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Percy Grainger’s eccentric and elaborately-scored The Warriors, will be broadcast live on Radio 3 at 7:30pm, and […]

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Kun Woo Paik plays Schubert, at the Wigmore Hall

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2015
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An evening of Schubert coming up at the Wigmore: Kun Woo Paik: a Schubert recital Time: Wednesday 22 April 2015 7:30PM Venue: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP £35 | £30 | £25| £18 Book via the Wigmore Hall website Kun Woo Paik is greatly admired for his passionate and virtuosic playing. He […]

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Korean girls on One Direction

by Philip Gowman 28 March 2015
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Last week one of the interviewees in Yoon Sungwon‘s video says Zayn Malik is “too buttery” and that he “reminds me of a camel.” A couple of days later it’s announced that he’s leaving One Direction. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told a tabloid newspaper. The same girl says that Harry Styles’s nostrils are […]

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Concert notes: Sunwook Kim at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2015
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The Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series features some of the best known stars in the classical music world such as Maurizio Pollini and Mitsuko Uchida as well as those at an earlier stage in their musical careers. 2006 Leeds prizewinner Sunwook Kim made his first appearance in the series on 3 March 2015 in the […]

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Evelyn Glennie’s musical journey in Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2015
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Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has just been in the news for winning the Polar Music Prize 2015 along with Emmylou Harris. The award, according to its website, is “one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional […]

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K-Culture lecture #1: Where did K-Pop come from?

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2015
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Professor Keith Howard has been following the Korean popular music industry for a while: he was in the SBS studio when Fin K.L. made their debut no.1 in 1999. His book Korean Pop Music – riding the wave (now sadly out of print) is highly enjoyable. So his upcoming talk should be a great way […]

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Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland — a UK premiere at the Barbican

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Unsuk Chin’s sparkling opera live at the Barbican on 8 March. Book on the Barbican website now. Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland Multimedia staging by Netia Jones (UK Premiere) 8 March 2015 / 19:30 Lewis Carroll’s beloved, dreamlike stories are re-imagined in this UK premiere production of Unsuk Chin’s […]

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Joo Yeon Sir’s March concert diary

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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At LKL we’re full of admiration for Joo Yeon Sir’s stamina and more importantly her musicianship. Here’s her packed schedule for March. I’m definitely going to try to get to some of her Beethoven Sonata cycle – each one performed with a different accompanist. Tuesday 3rd March 2015 6.00pm Inner Parry Room, Royal College of […]

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Winds of Change – a programme of music for piano & wind in Notting Hill

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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A great programme of music for piano and winds coming up this month, the Korean connection being that the ensemble includes flautist Jasmine Choi, whose Wigmore debut in 2009 impressed us a lot. An interesting venue too. Winds of Change: Vienna, St Petersburg, Paris Aspect Foundation For Music and Arts Thursday, 26 March 2015 at […]

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Concert Notes: Korean Chamber Orchestra with John Malkovich at the QEH

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2015
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To celebrate their 50th birthday, the Korean Chamber Orchestra are doing a European tour, and their first stop was London. For works involving just strings, the orchestra is directed by its konzertmeister Kim Min, and for their London concert Finnish conductor Ralf Gothoni took the baton for anything larger. It was ambitious to open their London concert […]

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