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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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Event news: Sounds of Korea, at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2016
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The SOAS Korean Music Society presents a varied programme of Korean music this coming Friday (10 June) at 7pm in the main SOAS building. It is rumoured that they will be joined by guest performer Gamin (who will be playing with Notes Inégales at Wilton’s Music Hall on 14 and 15 June). Entry free but […]

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Event news: Purcell and improvisation with Korean instruments

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2016
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I’m a fan of Peter Wiegold’s eclectic approach to music-making, and whether or not there’s any Koreanness involved at his regular venue, Club Inégales (where Kim Hyelim on daegeum is a frequent member of the house band), the music is always wondrous. So his reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur, at the oldest surviving Music Hall […]

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Event news: Neon Bunny to perform in Kilburn

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2016
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Since Beyond Hallyu broke the news of Neon Bunny’s 3 June performance in London back in early April, we have been eagerly awaiting venue information. Jason Verney of Mini Mini Movie has now provided the detail: The Good Ship | 289 Kilburn High Road | London NW6 7JR | www.thegoodship.co.uk 3 June, 7:30pm | Advance tickets […]

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Event news: Patients return for a UK tour

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2016
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Indie band Patients, from Seoul, will be touring in the UK in late May and early June. Here are their UK tour dates: May 25 Chester @ The Live Rooms May 26 Manchester @ Night & Day Café May 27 Whitchurch @ Percy’s Cafe Bar May 29 Liverpool @ Liverpool Sound City (Cargo Stage) May […]

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Concert review: BAP – Live at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle

by Linda Derham 19 May 2016
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BAP – Live at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle, 13 May 2016. Sold out – and could have been sold out three times over, from what I hear. TLDR: the venue was awful but BAP lived up to their name! Do you want the good bit or the bad bit first? I’ll get the bad […]

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Concert notes: Joo Yeon Sir’s Festival Hall debut

by 앤서방 7 May 2016
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UK based violinist Joo Yeon Sir made a thrilling debut at The Royal Festival Hall last night. “Lament for the Valley”, a short piece for violin and orchestra, was composed for her by Karl Jenkins as part of his 2015 Music Award, in association with Classic FM. Conducted by Jenkins, Sir delivered an exhilarating, technically brilliant […]

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Event news: Barberettes and Danpyunsun & the Sailors perform in Brighton

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2016
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Two Korean bands will be performing at The Great Escape music festival in Brighton which will be held 19-21 May. Tickets are available from the festival website. The Barberettes and Danpyunsun and the Sailors, whose sets are on Saturday 21st, are supported by KOCCA. The Barberettes were a hit at last year’s K-Music Festival. If […]

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Event news: Dead Buttons and others play The Forge

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2016
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Is this Dead Buttons’ third UK trip? Whatever, it’s nice to see them back, at a good venue. K-Rock Showcase Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL Tickets: £10 | Book tickets: http://www.forgevenue.org From Korea: Dead Buttons | DTSQ | We Are The Night From UK: […]

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Event news: Joo Yeon Sir’s concert diary for May includes a Karl Jenkins premier

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
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Joo Yeon Sir makes her Royal Festival Hall debut with the Palladio Orchestra of London at the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins, performing his work Lament for the Valley on Friday 6 May 7.30PM. Sir Karl has also kindly composed a new work called Chatterbox! for the Young Artist Residency at St. Johns Smith Square, […]

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Event news: B.A.P tour comes to London

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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Fans will have booked their tickets and pre-ordered their merchandise weeks ago, but for the record: B.A.P Live On Earth 2016 World Tour — London Awake!! Date: 13th May (FRI) 8:00 PM Venue: The Coronet Theatre | 28 New Kent Road | London SE1 6TJ | coronettheatre.co.uk Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk Ticket prices: £69 / 99 / […]

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Younee releases second solo album

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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Those of you looking for interesting piano music should seek out Younee’s second solo release. She came to London back in 2009 with the launch of the album True to You (reviewed here) which showcased her talents as a singer-songwriter, and she entertained live and radio audiences with the many different facets of her musical […]

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Gig news: Giriboy, DJ SQ, Illustrious One in Shoreditch

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2016
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There was a time when the bank holiday weekend at the start of May used to feature a host of Korean B-boys coming to London. As far as I know, that hasn’t happened in the last couple of years, but instead this year there’s some Korean hip-hop in Shoreditch. Check out the tracks below – […]

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Event news: Jambinai returns to London

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2016
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One of the highlights of 2015 was Jambinai’s gig at the Rich Mix as part of the K-Music festival. So we’ll definitely be going to their 2016 appearance at the Elephant and Castle. Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents: Jambinai Monday 16th May 2016 Show: 7:30 PM Doors: 7:30 PM Corsica Studios | 4/5 Elephant Road, London, […]

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