Korean traditional music

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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KWK Performance: In Nam Soon, 30-31 July

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea kicks off with an opening gala performance on 30 July: In Nam-soon and Company Thursday July 30 at 8pm, Friday July 31 at 7.30pm Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 90 mins Tickets are £10-50 Plus £1.60 transaction fee for Gala evening on 30th […]

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Photos: Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group at the KCCUK

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2015
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We didn’t manage to make it to their performance with the Thames Philharmonia on Saturday 13 June, but we just managed to arrive in time for their solo performance at the KCC the day before. Here are some photos of the elegant performance of the Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group.

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Julpungnyu – a traditional music concert at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2015
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Notice of an upcoming traditional performance. As usual, booking is essential via info@kccuk.org.uk Traditional Korean Music Concert: Julpungnyu Fri 12 June, 7.30 pm Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose Hall The five outstanding performers that make up the Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group will come to the KCCUK to perform ‘Julpungnyu’. Julpungnyu is based on 5 […]

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Evelyn Glennie’s musical journey in Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2015
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Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has just been in the news for winning the Polar Music Prize 2015 along with Emmylou Harris. The award, according to its website, is “one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional […]

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Andrew Killick on Hwang Byungki, at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2014
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I’m looking forward to this particular seminar at SOAS. Andrew Killick’s book on Hwang Byungki is published by Ashgate (September 2013). You can read LKL’s 2010 interview with Hwang Byungki here. Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea Andrew Killick (University of Sheffield) Date: 17 October 2014, 5:15 – […]

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Leodo: Paradise Lost — Norian Maro returns to the Fringe

by Philip Gowman 6 August 2014
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Here’s the official press release for Norian Maro’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe production Leodo: Paradise Lost. The show has developed out of last year’s production, Pudasi, which LKL reviewed here. The Stage has already given this year’s upgraded version a four-star review: “The talented seven-member ensemble never flags in energy, choreographic skill or audience engagement” The […]

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Korean performances at the City of London Festival

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2014
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This year’s City of London Festival has a Korean focus. And although most of the performances in the festival are of Western classical music, there is a Korean Hamlet from Yohangza Theatre Company (who do a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream), fusion music from Ensemble Sinawi and contemporary and street dance too. Sunwook Kim (piano) Wednesday […]

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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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Beyond Taegŭm: Jason Verney’s film of the evening at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2014
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Those who were unable to make it to Asia House last year to see Kim Hyelim’s lecture-recital on the broad range of capabilities of the Korean Taegŭm can now enjoy a full-length film of the evening by Jason Verney / Native Nomad Pictures, with added extras: View more of Jason’s films on his Vimeo account.

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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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Jihoon Kim Lunchtime recital at the Royal Opera House

by Philip Gowman 5 December 2013
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Coming up on Monday 9 December, a programme of classical Korean works selected by Korean Jette Parker Principal Jihoon Kim, to be performed with piano, traditional Korean instruments and a Samulnori percussion group. Check out the Classical Iconoclast for a detailed preview of what to expect. At the Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House Covent […]

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A free introduction to Korean traditional and fusion music

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2013
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If you’re looking to explore Korean music other than K-pop and K-indie, the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) have the answer for you. They used to produce an annual compilation album of 5CDs featuring the best new recordings. But now they’ve made the CDs easier to access, via an iTunes app. The app, for iPhone […]

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Hongdae hosts rap v pansori battle

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2013
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An interesting stunt pitting rappers against pansori performers was held in Hongdae last Friday. When I was waiting for Love X Stereo to come on stage at Freebird, I really should have been down at V-Hall, where the RapPansori battle was held. And a pansori singer was the victor. Source: Joongang Daily

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Edinburgh Fringe visit: Norian Maro — Pudasi

by Philip Gowman 13 September 2013
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Norian Maro is a performance group based in Jeju-do which was founded in 2005 as a samulnori group. It has since broadened its range, so that the piece presented at the Edinburgh Fringe this year was a mixture of shamanistic and folk music as well as the familiar village percussion sounds, together with some contemporary […]

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