Fusion music

We didn’t manage to get to Jambinai at the Oslo Hackney as this year. Nor it seems did the Guardian or Resonate, who have been diligent reviewers of the other K-Music gigs. Jambinai were certainly one of the highlights of last year’s festival – and I would have loved to have got to see them […]

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Concert notes: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe at the British Museum

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2016
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Although the official opening concert of K-Music 2016 is Nah Youn-sun with Ulf Wakenius on 20 September, the British Museum’s Chuseok celebrations in collaboration with the KCC have given us several performances by the contemporary gugak group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. They presented a programme of traditional music in the Korean Gallery on the morning […]

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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 — 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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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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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: 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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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Bulsechul album now available on iTunes

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2015
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Many LKL followers may also be tuning in to Gugak Sounds on SOAS Radio, in which presenter and SOAS student Dami Eniola shares her passion of Korean traditional music and contemporary music using traditional instruments. We’re now in to Season 2, in which she will be focusing on folk music such as sanjo, but in […]

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Concert notes: Jambinai at Rich Mix

by Philip Gowman 30 September 2015
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The somewhat spartan surroundings of the main performance space in Shoreditch’s Rich Mix was an ideal place in which to enjoy one of the most interesting fusion bands to have come out of Korea. For LKL, it was the highlight of the K-Music festival so far, and more than lived up to an extremely high […]

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Concert notes: SU:M at the Purcell Room in K-Music 2015

by Philip Gowman 16 September 2015
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Kmusic 2015 got off to a haunting start at the Purcell Room on 1 September with the unusual fusion duo SU:M. I have to confess that, based on the one or two YouTube videos I had watched prior to the evening, I was expecting to be lukewarm. And having an English pianist playing some of […]

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Review: Kingston Welcomes Korea performances at the Rose Theatre

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea is hopefully the first of several annual events at which Kingston will seek to welcome various foreign communities in a festival that combines cultural and business interaction. Korea was the obvious first choice to be welcomed in this way, given that ethnic Koreans represent around 10% of the borough’s population, and also given […]

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K-music – now in Brussels too

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2015
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The KCC in Brussels now on its third Korean Film Festival, and is launching its first K-Music festival this year. Programme details below. DATE TIME ARTIST/TITLE VENUE NORMAL PRICE 23-09 20:00 Sook-sun Ahn OPENING BOZAR, Studio 12.00€ 30-09 20:00 Kun-woo Paik Recital BOZAR, Hall M 12.00€ 02-10 20:00 Korean & Belgian Ensemble Concert with Roby […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — Jambinai, 16 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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We’ve been wanting to see Jambinai live for years, but never made it down to Womad or any other of their gigs. So we’ll definitely be at the Rich Mix for this. K-Music: Jambinai Wednesday 16 September | 8:00PM LONDON Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £10 + Booking fee […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — SU:M + special guest, 1 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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2015’s K-music festival opens on the South Bank on 1 September with SU:M. K-Music: SU:M + special guest Arthur Jeffes from Penguin Cafe Tuesday 1 September | 7:45PM LONDON Southbank Centre | Purcell Room | Belvedere Road | London SE1 8XX £15 + Booking fee | Book here SU:M’s name (pronounced “soom”) translates as “breath” […]

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