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On paper, one hour of Korean drumming doesn’t sound appealing, but this type of show is consistently popular with fringe-goers. There is enough variety to keep the audience interested, from Buddhist temple percussion to Samulnori, and the energy and enthusiasm of the performers is infectious. There is also some very non-traditional percussion: a trolley which […]

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Songlines reviews some Korean releases

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2016
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As if to warm us up for this year’s K-music Festival, Songlines July issue reviews three recent Korean CDs: The one of most interest to past attendees of the festival will be a review of Jambinai’s latest release, A Hermitage. Songlines were strangely lukewarm about it. Not so Consequence of Sound: “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Danpyunsun and The Sailors + Asian Chairshot, 21 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The second of K-music’s gigs at the Rich Mix bring Danpyunsun & The Sailors and Asian Chairshotback to the UK for a double bill. Danpyunsun and The Sailors + Asian Chairshot Friday 21 October | 7.30pm Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £12.00 + Booking fee | Book here One […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — National Gugak Centre, 12 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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No festival of Korean music would be complete without some sanjo, and it’s good to welcome back the experts. National Gugak Centre Wed 12th Oct 7.30pm Kings Place, Kings Cross Tickets £8.50 | Book here Piri Sanjo – Haegeum Sanjo – Daegeum Sanjo Interval Stravinsky: Soldier’s Tale – Devienne: Sonata No. 2 – Bartók: Contrasts […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Kyungso Park & Andy Sheppard, 11 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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This is the most experimental gig in the K-music festival this year, and promises some unrepeatable music. Kyungso Park + Andy Sheppard Tuesday 11 October | 9.45pm (stage time) Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room | Kensington Gore | London SW7 2AP £15.00 + Booking fee | Book here Saxophonist Andy Sheppard premieres a new […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Jambinai, 3 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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It’s good to have Jambinai becoming more of a regular visitor to London. Expect some tracks from their latest album, A Hermitage. “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean music with sky-cracking post-rock,” summarised Consequence of Sound in their album review. Jambinai Monday 3 October | 8.30pm (stage time) Oslo, Hackney | 1a Amhurst Road | London E8 1LL […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Idiotape + Patients, 27 Sept

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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This one could be loud. And very exciting. Idiotape + Patients Tuesday 27 September | 8.00pm (stage time) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £12.00 + Booking fee | Book here MTV said ‘If Cut Copy, Daft Punk and Chromeo had a Korean baby, they would beget the funkatastic, celebratory […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Youn Sun Nah, 20 Sept

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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It’s good to have Youn Sun Nah back in London with Ulf Wakenius. She gives this year’s K-music festival its official opening at the Union Chapel – a great venue. Youn Sun Nah + Ulf Wakenius Tuesday 20 September | 8.00pm (stage time) Union Chapel | Compton Terrace | London N1 2UN £15 + booking […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds 4 — Summer Aria

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2016
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The fourth Korean Sounds concert features opera arias and art songs: Korean Sounds Series 4: Summer Aria Wednesday 24 August 2016, 7.30pm Kings Place Hall 2, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG Artists: Member of the Royal Opera House – Tenor. David Junghoon Kim, – Soprano. Haegee Lee – Bass. David Shipley Book Tickets: £8.50 l Kings […]

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Concert notes: China, Korea and Syria at Club Inégales

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2016
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The final gig of Club Inégales’ current season was predictably unpredictable. You know the format in advance, but you never know what the outcome will be. The house band, or subsets of it, improvise in the first set; in the second set the guests solo; and in the third set everyone plays together, cross fertilising […]

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Event news: House Concert with Jason Bae

by Philip Gowman 23 July 2016
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News of an upcoming piano recital at the KCC: The House Concert with Jason Bae Tue 26 July 2016, 7pm  l  Korean Cultural Centre UK  Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW The Korean Cultural Centre invites you to ‘The House Concert’ to hear an exciting programme featuring young Korean pianist Jason Bae. Free entry with drinks and […]

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Event news: Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu & Hyelim Kim at Club Inégales

by Philip Gowman 14 July 2016
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Following on from the inspirational double bill at the Spitalfields Festival, Notes Inégales appear again with soloists Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu and Hyelim Kim for what will be another memorable night of music-making: Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu & Hyelim Kim Saturday 23rd July 2016, door 7.00pm Club Inégales | 180 North Gower Street | London NW1 2NB […]

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Concert notes: Gamin and Notes Inégales at the Spitalfields Festival

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2016
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When we previewed the double bill at Wilton’s Music Hall featuring Purcell with Korean, Middle Eastern and western instruments, improvisation and more, we had an inkling that the evening might be something special. And we were darn right. This was music making and entertainment that is rare to find anywhere. First, the Purcell. King Arthur / the […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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Concert news: Korean Sounds 3 comes to Kings Place, 22 June

by Philip Gowman 11 June 2016
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The third of the Korean Sounds concerts is an interesting combination of string quartet and traditional Korean music: East Meets West with Abel Quartet and the Korean National Gugak Centre: Mozart & Janácek Wed 22 June 2016 Kings Place Hall Two, 7.30pm The main theme of this concert series is ‘East Meets West’, presenting a […]

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Gamin at Spitalfields Festival – programme details

by Philip Gowman 8 June 2016
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Next Wednesday’s late-night (9pm) concert at Wilton’s Music Hall, featuring the extraordinary Korean musician Gamin, should be something special. (Book tickets here). Playing piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family) and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument), she is one of Korea’s most distinguished musicians, equally at home in traditional Court Music, (a member of the Contemporary Gukak […]

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Neon Bunny – please come back to London soon!

by Philip Gowman 6 June 2016
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London has been doing well recently for live music: from B.A.P to Jambinai via Dead Buttons and more, there has been something for everyone. But the artist that I personally have been looking forward to seeing more than the rest is Neon Bunny (야광토끼) – whose debut album Seoulight made it into the list of […]

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