Korean traditional music

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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Korean music in June – a preview

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2013
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This article was written for London Jazz News, where it appeared in a slightly different version on 20 May. Think Korean music in 2013 is all about tubby rappers and manufactured girl bands? Think again. Coming up in June is K-Music – a festival of Korean traditional, fusion and rock music which may appeal to […]

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Jieun Jung plays work for gayageum and orchestra

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2013
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Jieun Jung will be performing Roh Tae-hwan’s “Far East Calm” Suite for Gayageum and Orchestra with Thames Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Byung-yun Yu. Date: Saturday, 15th June 2013, 7.30pm Venue: Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN Ticket: £12, Concession £8 Box Office: 0208 977 7558 Links: http://landmarkartscentre.org Buy tickets online

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The Cool Beat of Korea – a concert by the SOAS Korean Drumming Society

by Philip Gowman 26 May 2013
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Samulnori, daegeum sanjo and more at an early summer recital at SOAS: The Cool Beat of Korea Date: Monday 3 June 2013, 7:30-8:30 pm. Venue: Lucas Lecture Theatre [formerly G2], SOAS Main Building. Tickets: Free admission. Guests are admitted from 7 pm to be seated for 7.30pm This is an attractive and dynamic drumming concert […]

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K-music focus forum at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2013
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To warm you up for the festival of Korean music coming up during June, a panel of speakers will talk about Korean music at the KCC on 21 March at 7pm. It’s particularly nice to see Songlines on the panel. John Lusk from that magazine did a great article on Kim Duk-soo and other Korean […]

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