Experimental & Avant-garde music

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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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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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: Han-earl Park Trio at Cafe Oto and elsewhere

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2015
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Cafe Oto hosts the London stop on a three-city tour of England by the Han-earl Park Trio this December: Han-earl Park Trio with Dominic Lash and Mark Sanders plus Caroline Pugh Somewhere out there, there’s an SUV-sized violin tailgating, a No Wave guitarist desperately trying to survive in the Appalachian Mountains, someone dropping sheets of […]

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Event news: Okkyung Lee residency at Cafe Oto

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2015
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Okkyung Lee is one of the performers participating in Sora Kim’s current exhibition at the KCC. Thanks to Lissy for pointing this series of performances out to me. This is a residency I’m really excited about and I’m going to be sure to get to one of the evenings. Okkyung Lee – Four Day Residency […]

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Event news: Yiyun Kang in Transfiguring Night

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2015
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Notice of an interesting cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration: Transfiguring Night Thursday, 2 April, 2015, 7:30pm – 9:30pm Hackney Attic | Hackney Picturehouse | 270 Mare Street | London E8 1HE More details Montague: Night Tracks – world premiere Korngold: Sextet Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht with projection mapping by Yiyun Kang What happens when you bring together some […]

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Tengger’s European Tour – the London performance

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2014
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Long-standing LKL readers will recall that one of Anna Lindgren’s first contributions, way back in March 2007, was a feature on experimental Korean musician itta. At the time, itta had several musical projects on the go, one of which was the duo 10 with Japanese musician Marqido. The two of them are now married, and […]

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The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West – at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 7 June 2014
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After last year’s successful and varied concert, the SOAS Korean Drumming Society and friends return for another evening of Korean music. This year we get a rare opportunity to hear some Yun Isang. The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West The SOAS Korean Drumming Society Date: 9 June 2013, 7.00 pm Venue: […]

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Hyelim Kim reviewed in Songlines magazine

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2014
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Congratulations to Hyelim Kim for receiving a four-star review from Songlines magazine (Jan / Feb 2014 edition) for her debut CD, Nim: Taegum Collection. The disk, released in 2013 at a concert at the Royal Asiatic Society, contains many of the pieces she has been performing in London over the past year or two, from […]

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Beyond Taegŭm: an evening with Hyelim Kim at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 5 September 2013
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Those of you who have missed out on some of Hyelim Kim’s performances earlier this year should make sure they catch this evening lecture performance at Asia House. Book online on the Asia House website. Lecture Concert with Hyelim Kim 17 Sep 2013, 18:45 £10 Non-Member £6 Asia House Friends £8 Concessions Performer, composer and […]

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합 Collaboration: video of the opening performance

by Philip Gowman 1 September 2013
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For the first time the KAA’s performance at their KCC residency was filmed in its entirety. Good news for those who couldn’t manage to squeeze in to the standing-room-only event! Thanks to Jason Verney of miniminimovie.com for the film. The event programme can be found on the KAA website here.

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KAA’s 합, 合, Collaboration programme: the opening performance

by Philip Gowman 7 August 2013
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As in previous years, the KAA’s residency at the KCC launches with a varied programme of music and performance during the opening festivities on 28 August. Pre-registration is required via koreanartuk@gmail.com. See details of the main event here. And the programme for the performance is as follows: Collaborative Performance 1. ‘Petal – like’ (꽃잎처럼) Poem […]

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Amadéus Leopold at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown

by Philip Gowman 3 June 2013
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Violinist Yoo Hanbin, whose stage name was once Hahn-Bin and who is now rebranded after Mozart père et fils, will be appearing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 14 June as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival. Expect the unexpected, plus some great music-making. Amadéus Leopold Tuesday 18 June, 7.30 pm at Southbank Centre as […]

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Nokha: Interactive performances in hanoks composed by Jee Soo Shin

by Philip Gowman 19 April 2012
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Now this is the sort of collaboration I like: new compositions by a Korean composer who is a member of the Korean Artists Association UK, in a project commissioned by an Englishman, David Kilburn, who lives in one of Seoul’s last original hanoks, in Bukchon – one used by Kim Ki-duk in filming 3-Iron. Performances […]

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Exhibition visit: Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2011
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Korean-born artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) is often called the father of modern video art. Think of Nam June Paik and you probably think of his massive tower of 1,003 TV sets entitled The More the Better (1988) which dominates the entrance to the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon just outside Seoul, or […]

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10 in Stoke Newington tomorrow

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2011
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Tomorrow, Sunday, is your last chance to catch experimental Korean-Japanese duo 10 before they head back to Seoul. 10 FINAL CONCERT IN LONDON WITH THE RUNS F$?&ED 4 WAYS IDLERICH Time 27 February · 20:00 – 23:00 Location Ryan’s bar 181 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UL [Map] London, United Kingdom Featuring: 10(itta x […]

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Balloon and Needle: The New Korean Avant Garde

by Philip Gowman 17 January 2011
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Balloon and Needle: The New Korean Avant Garde starts a three day residency at Cafe OTO this Thursday: Balloon & Needle THURSDAY 20th, FRIDAY 21st, SATURDAY 22nd January 2011 Choi Joonyong (cracked CD players) Hong Chulki (turntables) Ryu Hankil (self‐made electro‐acoustic instruments) Jin Sangtae (cracked hard‐drive) Lee Hangjun (16mm film projection) Through live performance, screenings […]

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