Korean traditional music

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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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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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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Dami Eniola introduces Gugak Sounds, London’s traditional Korean music radio station

by Dami Eniola 21 December 2015
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My name is Dami, I currently study at SOAS university majoring in music performance. My area of study focus is mainly on Korean music. A passion which I have decided to share with people through my radio program called Gugak Sounds. As a foreigner to Korea, understanding the various genres of Korean traditional music was […]

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Event news: EBRD hosts a Korean traditional music concert

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2015
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A nice way for City folks to round off your day in the office, if you are able to get away from your desks promptly. Registration is required via the EBRD website. Concert of traditional Korean music (EBRD Asian Network) EBRD | One Exchange Square | London EC2A 2JN Tuesday 8 December, 5:15 for 6pm […]

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Event news: Prof Keith Howard lecture and book launch

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2015
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SOAS’s Professor Keith Howard is launching two books next week at one of the regular free Friday evening seminars. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to buy the books at half the normal price. Sounding Korea Professor Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London) Friday 27 November, 17:15 – 19:00 B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University […]

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Event news: The art and sounds of Korea, at the British Museum, 14 Nov

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2015
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Coming up next Saturday at the British Museum, an event focusing on Joseon music and culture: The art and sounds of Korea Saturday 14 November 2015, 13.15–14.15 British Museum, Room 67 (The Korea Foundation Gallery) A special gallery talk by Eleanor S Hyun, British Museum, and Hyelim Kim, taegŭm performer. Gallery talks are suitable for […]

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Concert Notes: National Gugak Centre at the Lilian Baylis Theatre

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2015
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You can’t really have a Korean music festival without some traditional music as once enjoyed by the court and literati. And who better to perform it that members of Korea’s National Gugak Centre, the body established to preserve and perform such music. The musicians have been touring Europe, most recently in Paris to launch Année […]

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Event news: Music and Ideas – Whose score is it anyway?

by Philip Gowman 1 October 2015
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Hyelim Kim will be joining in a discussion with Peter Wiegold at the Royal College of Music today. Sounds like a thoroughly interesting topic particularly given their jazz collaborations together. Music and Ideas: Whose score is it anyway? 5:15pm | 01 October 2015 | Recital Hall Royal College of Music Free but advance reservation required. […]

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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 — Korean National Gugak Centre, 30 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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The final concert in K-music 2015. And the programme ends with a lively sinawi. Good choice. K-Music: Korean National Gugak Centre Wednesday 30 September | 7:30PM LONDON Lilian Baylis Studio | Sadler’s Wells | Rosebery Avenue | London EC1R 4TN £15 + Booking fee The Korean National Gugak Centre is one of the great arts […]

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Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI – additional concert date

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2015
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For those who can’t make it down to Kingston for SANI’s Independence Day Concert on 8 August, the ensemble will be giving a concert at SOAS the previous evening: Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI Date: 7 August 2015 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, College Buildings Room G2 Registration: Free and open to […]

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KWK: Music at All Saints, 1- 8 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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As part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, a series of concerts at All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP. Itinerary Series directors: David Sutton Anderson and Avril Anderson Consultant and Presenter: Keith Howard This concert series will provide selected members of an outstanding generation of young Korean musicians with their first recital opportunities. […]

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