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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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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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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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