Korean traditional music

The final Korean Sounds concert of the year brings some seasonal music into the programme: Korean Sounds – Christmas Concert Wednesday, 7 December 2016 – 7:30pm Hall Two | King’s Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG | www.kingsplace.co.uk Book tickets Daeung Baek Monggeumpo Taryeong for Five Instruments Byungki Hwang Soyeopsanbang for Geomungo […]

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Fringe visit: Tago – Korean Drum II

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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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 — 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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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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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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2016 travel diary 11: Buyeo National Museum and the tombs at Neungsan-ri

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2016
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Buyeo-eup, Chungcheongnam-do, 17 May 2016 10am. Buyeo National Museum Next stop was the Buyeo National Museum. Here, we were totally shameless in our visit. It was to be a precision strike: go and see the the famous Gilt Bronze Incense Burner of Baekje and get out quick: we had an appointment in Sancheong. But of […]

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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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