Korean traditional music

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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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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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Performance by The Korea National High school of Traditional music Teenager Art Group

by Philip Gowman 1 September 2013
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News of a one-off performance at the KCC: The Korea National High school of Tranditional music Teenager Art Group Date: 7pm, Monday 09 September 2013 Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK Admission Free Booking: info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600 Programme Traditional pungryubang music – Youngsan Hoesang Traditional court dance – Chunaeng Dance Folk music – Geomungo-Sanjo […]

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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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Concert review: Geomungo Factory at the Cadogan Hall

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2013
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Geomungo Factory was the second fusion concert as part of the K-Music 2013 Festival. The cool air conditioning inside the Cadogan Hall provided a welcome respite from the muggy atmosphere outside; and the clean, modern lines of the outfits worn by the four Geomungo Factory members promised that we were not about to hear a […]

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Bought for £10 from a Parisian cheese merchant, Lady Hyegyong’s Uigwe is now digitised

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2013
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The Joseon court knew how to document things. And one of those court records, recently digitised and put online by the British Library, shows they also knew how to celebrate. The Uigwe – The Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty – were included in the UNESCO Memory of the World register in 2006. In its […]

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Samulnori, sanjo and jazz from the SOAS Korean Drumming Society

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2013
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The SOAS Korean Drumming Society gave an interesting and varied recital in the Lucas Lecture theatre on Monday 3 June. After a daegeum sanjo from Kim Hyelim, accompanied by Keith Howard on changgo, we had a very effective jazz improvisation by Choi Jeung-hyun (changgo) with Shzr Ee Tan (piano) using two samulnori rhythms, the daseureum […]

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