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A live performance from Youn Sun Nah is always a very special event. For her past couple of performances in London she has been with virtuoso guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who used to play with the Oscar Peterson Quartet. This time, she has a four-piece band, performing tracks from her album that was released this month, […]

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Love X Stereo at the Windmill – both intimate and euphoric

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2017
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Many thanks to Annie Ko and Toby Hwang for a fantastic gig down in Brixton on Monday night. Featuring tracks from their recently-released album 37A – the first fruits of their crowdfunded project for 2017 in which they aim to release 37 songs during the course of the year – as well as earlier albums, […]

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Gig news: Monotones + Billy Carter @ Nambucca

by Philip Gowman 14 May 2017
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Sadly going head-to-head with the Barberettes and Sultan of the Disco at Borderline, the Monotones and Billy Carter will be performing at Nambucca in North London the same evening. You can also catch the Monotones at The Great Escape in Brighton on 20 May; and Billy Carter will also appearing at London’s Red Room on […]

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Gig news: Love X Stereo at the Windmill and Alleycat

by Philip Gowman 13 May 2017
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Definitely one to go to. Two London appearances to choose from, following their appearance at Focus Wales on 12 May. Love X Stereo (Korea) The Windmill Brixton | 22 Blenheim Gardens | London SW2 5BZ | www.windmillbrixton.co.uk Mon 15 May 2017 8:00 PM (Entry Requirements: 18+) (+ Jerskin Fendrix) Alleycat Bar & Club | 4 […]

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Event news: Jongmin Park’s Wigmore Hall debut

by Philip Gowman 8 May 2017
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Jongmin Park, winner of the song prize in the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, makes his Wigmore Hall debut. Included in the programme are two Korean art songs that he included in his Cardiff recitals. Jongmin Park bass; Simon Lepper piano Schumann, Mendelssohn, Kim and Cho Wigmore Hall, Sunday 4 June 2017 […]

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Event news: DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble UK tour 2017

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2017
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The DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble makes its second UK appearance: DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble UK Concert Tour 2017 DULA International is a UK charity (CHARITY NO. 1166701) dedicated to the promotion of disability welfare and the improvement of living conditions of people with disabilities in North Korea. Founded in 2012, DULA has been collaborating with the KFPD (Korean Federation for the Protection […]

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Event news: The Barberettes + Sultan of the Disco @ Borderline

by Philip Gowman 25 April 2017
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It’ll be nice to see the Barberettes again, and this time they are joined by Sultan of the Disco for a fun filled evening of retro-chic (note that this event was originally scheduled for the previous day at a venue in Camden). K-Music Showcase: The Barberettes + Sultan of The Disco Tuesday 23 May 7pm […]

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Event news: Jambinai Re:Connection Tour

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2017
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It’s good to have Jambinai back in the UK for a tour. Their gigs are always a highlight in the calendar. Text below is from Bristol’s Colston Hall website. Jambinai Re:Connection Tour Sun 23 Apr 2017, 7pm: Bristol | The Lantern | Colston Hall | Book tickets Tue 25 Apr 2017, 7pm: Glasgow | O2 […]

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Event news: KCC’s April House concert features Hyungi Lee

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2017
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April’s house concert at the KCC features percussionist Hyungi Lee: KCC House Concert: Hyungi Lee Tuesday 25 April, 7pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Free entry but booking is required. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk Designed to support UK based Korean musicians, the KCC House Concert is a new performing arts programme at the […]

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Event news: Concert for Alex – Yoon Chung (piano)

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2017
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Riverhouse Barn | Manor Road | Walton-on-Thames | Surrey KT12 2PF | riverhousebarn.co.uk Saturday 22 April 2017, 8pm Tickets £20 (£5 students) | Book here A concert in memory of Alex Matusiczky, given by the young South Korean pianist Yoon Chung. Yoon has performed throughout the UK, Japan, Korea and the USA. In 2016 he undertook […]

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Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2017
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Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues. Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia 18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings 18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North […]

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Event news: Musicians from Korea and Japan at Club Inegales

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2017
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As part of the two-day conference at SOAS, there will be one of Club Inégales’ special evenings of musical improvisation featuring musicians from Korea and Japan: Presence though Sound: Elements of Asia Yi Ji-young (gayagum) – Korea Hyelim Kim (taegum flute) – Korea Jihye Kim (changgo) – Korea Kiku Day (shakuhachi) – Japan + Notes […]

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Event news: Minjung Baek piano recital in Petersham

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2017
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Notice of a recital near Richmond on Passion Sunday. MinJung Baek – piano Sunday 2nd April 2017, 7:30pm The Dysart, 135 Petersham Road, Petersham, Surrey TW10 7AA, www.thedysartpetersham.co.uk Beethoven – Sonata No.32 in c minor Chopin – Waltz Op.34 No.1 – Ballad No.1 in g minor Granados – Goyescas No.5 Rachmaninoff – 3rd mvt from Sonata […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Spring

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2017
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The KCC is again running a series of concerts at Kings Place this year. Great venue. The first is on 12 April: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Spring  with the Members from London Philharmonic Orchestra & Court Music Orchestra of the National Gugak Center Wednesday 12 April, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 […]

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Event news: KCC’s March House Concert

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2017
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News of the KCC House Concert for March: KCC March House Concert Tuesday 28 March, 7pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Free entry but booking is required. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk Designed to support UK based Korean musicians, the KCC House Concert is a new performing arts programme at the Korean Cultural Centre […]

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Event news: Grace Kim + Rusty Filament @ Cargo

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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Those of you who came along to the opening night of the Korean Artists Association residency in January this year will have enjoyed the three-song set performed by Rusty Filament. There’s another chance to hear them, this Saturday in Shoreditch, along with the wonderful Grace Kim, an R&B singer based in Liverpool. Brin’it Sound’s First […]

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LKL’s evening with Zion.T in Kentish Town

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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On the very rare occasions when I go to a big popular music concert I usually end up wondering why. A couple of years ago I queued for ages to get into the cheap seats (£77) for Big Bang’s gig in Wembley Arena. At least they didn’t have a support act, and worked hard to […]

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